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Canberra District Winemaker Wins Top Award

September 26, 2013 Accolades No Comments Email Email

Australian Capital Tourism congratulates Canberra District winemaker Tim Kirk who was last night named Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine’s Winemaker of the Year.

It was the third time the Clonakilla winemaker from the Murrumbateman region near Canberra had been nominated for the award.539693

Australian Capital Tourism Director Ian Hill said the award was a great recognition for both Tim and for the standard of wine being produced by the Canberra District’s cool climate winemakers.

‘Clonakilla is one of the region’s leading wine producers offering fabulous wine and an intimate boutique cellar door experience.

‘The great thing about the region’s wineries is that there are 33 cellar doors within 35 minutes’ drive of Canberra’s city centre.’

Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine said Kirk had kick-started a fashion for this Côte-Rôtie-inspired approach to cool-climate shiraz.

Clonakilla’s 2012 shiraz-viognier was recently named in the top three Australian shirazes in the 2014 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, scoring 97 points just behind the 2008 Penfolds Grange and the 2008 Heschke Hill of Grace shiraz.  Clonakilla’s 2012 riesling also scored 96 points along with another Canberra District wine, Helm Premium Riesling 2012.

You can visit Clonakilla’s cellar door at Crisps Lane, Murrumbateman, between 10am and 5pm daily. Explore the region’s wineries by grabbling a Canberra District Wineries Guide from the Canberra and Region Visitors Centre at 330 Northbourne Avenue, Dickson ACT or calling 1300 554 114.

Join in the fun of the region’s wine festivals. The Murrumbateman Moving Feast takes place 5 and 6 October while the
Canberra District’s Wine Industry Association’s annual festival, Wine, Roses and all that Jazz, runs from 2 to 3 November 2013.    

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