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The Margaret River Region has further cemented its status as a world-class wine region, with four local wineries taking out top gongs in the 2015 Qantas epiQure James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Awards.

Margaret River’s Xanadu Wines, Leeuwin Estate, Cullen Wines and Flowstone took out four of the awards, with Xanadu’s 2011 Stevens Road Cabernet Sauvignon securing the prestigious title of Wine of the Year, as well as best Cabernet in show, with an incredible 99 points.

Leeuwin Estate’s 2011 Art Series Chardonnay took out best Chardonnay in show with 98 points, and Cullen Wines’ 2012 Diana Madeline named best wine in the ‘Cabernet family’ at 98 points.

Up and coming producer Flowstone, located just south of Margaret River in Forest Grove, was awarded Best New Winery of the Year.

Simone Horgan-Furlong, Joint CEO of  Leeuwin Estate, advised it was wonderful to attend the Qantas epiQure James Halliday Wine Companion Awards in Melbourne this week.

“We were thrilled that our 2011 Art Series Chardonnay scored 98 points and was awarded ‘Best Chardonnay’; a great credit to our team,” said Ms Horgan-Furlong.

“We were delighted Margaret River was so well acclaimed in James Halliday’s 2015 Wine Companion with Xanadu’s Stevens Road Cabernet Sauvignon awarded Wine of the Year and so many other producers wines ranking so very highly. The relentless focus on quality by Margaret River producers is underpinning the district’s success and it is an exciting time in the journey.”

Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association (AMRTA) Chief Executive Officer Pip Close advised that it was testament to the Margaret River Region’s outstanding quality wine.

“We may only produce three percent of the country’s total wine volume, but we certainly produce some of the highest quality wine to come out of Australia,” said Ms Close.

“On behalf of the AMRTA I would like to heartily congratulate Xanadu Wines, Leeuwin Estate, Cullen Wines and Flowstone on their efforts and well deserved accolades from James Halliday,” she said.

James Halliday has been at the forefront of the wine industry for more than four decades and these second annual coveted awards celebrated the industry’s finest wines, as rated in the 2015 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion was which released today.

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