January 14, 2022

Congratulations Kirrihill: Crowned the best Shiraz in Australia

The following references article originally posted on Thursday December 23, 2021 by Cindy Tran via '7 News'

Kirrihills new Partner Series has won the Trophy for Best Shiraz at Show in the 2021 Great Shiraz Challenge. This is a major result for Kirrihil, with the the Great Shiraz Challenge being one of the most prestigious domestic wine shows. The annual award captures the imagination of wine writers and the Australian public - defining the BEST when it comes to the largest and most valuable red wine category - Shiraz.

Congratulations Kirrihill: Crowned the best Shiraz in Australia

The competition is open to all Red wine makers - approximately 400 entries from 55 wine regions took part this year with Kirrihills Partner Series at an RRP of just $29.99 judged to be the best (3rd place went to an Eden Valley wine that sells for $250 a bottle).

"A grape choice! A $30 red wine is named the best Shiraz in Australia - beating bottles costing $250"

Article by 7 News:

A $30 red wine has been crowned the best Shiraz in Australia, beating expensive bottles costing nearly eight times the price. Kirrihill’s 2019 Partner Series Clare Valley Shiraz has won Best Shiraz of Show in the 2021 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge, one of the most prestigious wine shows in the country. The wine outclassed a $250 bottle - perhaps proving that wine lovers don’t need to fork out a fortune to enjoy a good drop.

Kirrihill’s wine-makers Andrew Locke and Alex Wardlow crafted the winning Shiraz, described as a “exceptional wine” with “soft juicy with a great depth of flavour, superbly balancing fruit and oak”.

The Partner Shiraz was named after Matthew Lawson, the third of the directors.

“Winning the 2021 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge is fantastic for the team and me,” Matthew said.

“It’s a testament to great teamwork, the commitment of our partners in wine and a huge honour for Kirrihill. I love to see Clare Valley wineries batting above their weight and furthering our profile and reputation on the Australian wine stage.”

The wine was produced during a challenging growing season in the Clare Valley due to a drier than average winter and spring.

Irrigation had to be monitored with extra care and full leafy canopies were needed to protect the fruit from the especially intense summer heat.

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