Family-owned, Clare Valley winery Taylors Wines has stolen the show with its 2014 Taylors Estate Shiraz, taking top prize for Best Australian Shiraz as well as Best Australian Shiraz under $25 at the nation’s premier shiraz competition, The 2015 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge.
Receiving a score of 19.5 from the esteemed judging panel, the trophy-winning Estate Shiraz is one of The Challenge’s highest scoring wines in the competition’s history.
This is the second time in The Challenge’s history that a single wine has received both trophies on offer at the competition.
Third generation Managing Director Mitchell Taylor is proud to be receiving such a prestigious accolade.
“We are thrilled with the result. These award wins are a credit to the hard work and dedication of our vineyard and winemaking teams who craft top quality wines across our entire portfolio,” Mitchell said.
Now in its 21st year, The Great Australian Shiraz Challenge has become Australia’s pre-eminent and valuable single class wine competition.
The Challenge was established by the winemakers of the Nagambie Lakes region who laid down a challenge to determine Australia’s best shiraz producers. Wines entered are classed and tasted based on climate and regional points of difference, ensuring all entries are judged fairly and objectively.
The Challenge has proven to be a very successful show for Taylors Wines. It first received the People’s Choice Award in 2000 for the 1997 St Andrews Shiraz, taking the top trophy for Best Australian Shiraz the following year with the 1998 St Andrews Shiraz. Taylors also received the trophy for Best Australian Shiraz under $25 in 2011 for the 2010 Promised Land Shiraz.