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December 12th 2010

Printhie releases first reserve Chardonnay

Printhie wines have today been awarded the Winewise Sauvignon Blanc Medallion (for individual varieties or styles) at the 2010 Winewise Championship for their 2009 Printhie Mountain Range Orange Region Sauvignon Blanc.

“We’ve had some success with our Sauvignon Blanc,” commented Printhie co-owner, Ed Swift, “so to be judged the best Sauvignon Blanc at the Winewise Championship is a great accolade.”

The judging panel for these new awards comprised Winewise Editor, Lester Jesberg and the Winewise panel, Debbie Pearce, Len Sorbello and Phil Trickett, as well as two of the most respected senior judges from within the wine industry, Tom Carson (Chairman of the National Wine Show) and Tim Kirk (Winemaker Clonakilla).

Mr Jesberg explained the objective of the Winewise Championship; “In what amounts to a ‘best of the best competition’, the object was to acknowledge Australia’s finest wines, from producers large and small. The Winewise Championship is an exciting new initiative designed to showcase the benchmark wines of Australia. And the results demonstrate this well with every State featuring in the awards.”

The best wines from the 2009 National Wine Show of Australia (the premium national show which has become the province of large producers) and the 2009 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards (the premium small producers’ wine show) were judged against the best from the major Australian regional wine shows during the 2009 show circuit. To add balance, some “wildcard” entries were invited from producers who don’t normally enter wine shows but whose wines were previously judged under show conditions.

Mr Jesberg added, “This is a competition amongst peers and gives us an accurate snapshot of the quality of the Australian wine industry at this point in time.”

The Orange region is building a very solid reputation for Sauvignon Blanc and is arguably one of only two or three regions in Australia capable of mounting a challenge to the dominance of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. “We have worked very hard to source high quality, high altitude fruit to produce a wine that reflects the unique characteristics of the Orange region. With a range of vineyards from 800m to 1,000m in elevation, we are able to get some terrific fruit complexity and wonderful natural acid structure,” said Printhie winemaker Drew Tuckwell.

The full list of results can be found on


Sauvignon Blanc Medallion, Winewise Championship 2010

Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc at the Winewise Small Vigneron Awards, Canberra 2009

Pricing & Distribution:

The 2009 Printhie Mountain Range Orange Region Sauvignon Blanc retails for $17.00

Printhie wines are distributed in NSW by Printhie Wines, Victoria by Westwood Wines, Queensland by TBW Liquor Specialists and in the ACT by Z4. The wines are also available

For further information, samples or photos, please visit or contact:

Ed Swift at Printhie Wines on 0404 467 402, 02 6366 8422 or

David Cumming at Define Wine on 0414 736 342 or

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