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By Culturekiosque Staff

HONG KONG, 1 JUNE 2018 — An Australian red wine has beaten a strong field of French and international wines to win a Special Prize at the coveted Citadelle du Vin awards.

Judged in Bordeaux earlier in the month and presented at Vinexpo in Hong Kong this week, Serafino Wines from South Australia’s McLaren Vale was awarded the Special Prize FIJEV (International Circle of Wine Journalists and Writers) for its 2014 Magnitude Shiraz.

"We always thought it was pretty smart, it’s spent up to two years in American oak so it’s quite a big, full-flavoured wine but the oak fits really nicely into the fruit category of the ’14, which is a lovely juicy colour with lots of dark fruit characteristics and it really looks quite bright and vibrant even though it’s been in oak for that long," Serafino Winemaker Charles Whish said.

"We just decided it would go well in a show like that and we also put two Cabernets, a 2015 and a 2016 in and they won Silver Medals.

More than 1200 wines from over 30 countries were entered into the Citadelle du Vin awards with more than 75 per cent of them coming from outside of France.

The 2014 Magnitude Shiraz, below, retails for A$45 and although it is being sold at the Serafino cellar door its broader release is still a few weeks away.

Serafino exports into Hong Kong and Singapore and is looking to increase its sales in China. National Sales and Marketing Manager Russell Gallagher was in Hong Kong to accept the award and would use the opportunity to introduce the Serafino brand to potential Chinese distributors.

Vinexpo Hong Kong is the most influential wine and spirits trade fair in Asia. This year, the 29 - 31 May fair celebrated Australia as the ‘Country of Honour’ and a record 151 exhibitors showcased more than 225 Australian wine brands.

Australia is the world’s fifth largest wine producer and the second largest exporter to China, behind France. South Australia produces about 50 per cent of Australia’s wine and is home to the leading regions of Barossa and McLaren Vale and brands including Penfolds, Jacob’s Creek, Hardys Wines and Wolf Blass.


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