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Claudio Radenti - a  Gourmet Traveller  WINE    Winemaker of the Year finalist

The June/July 2011 edition of Gourmet Traveller WINE has announced the first four finalists in its 2011 Winemaker of the Year 2011. This is the 14th year of the award.

Finalists are chosen by a judging panel comprising contributors to the magazine: Peter Forrestal (Chairman), Peter Bourne, Nick Bulleid MW, Andrew Caillard MV, Huon Hooke and Sophie Otton. Peter Forrestal’s published commentary on the selection of Claudio Radenti as a finalist included:

“A world of domestic and international experience, a keen eye for detail and minimal interference ensures this winemaker’s success at Tasmanian renowned Freycinet Vineyard...

Sometimes it takes us a while to get around to the winemakers whose greatest virtue is producing vintage after vintage of outstanding wines that speak of the sites from which they come...this year we acknowledge Nat White of Main Ridge and Claudio Radenti of Freycinet. Both produce some of the Regions’ and Australia’s finest wine...

Freycinet Vineyard is a quintessential Tasmanian boutique winery...

Radenti’s winemaking combines fastidious attention to detail with minimalist intervention...his aim is to showcase the fruit from all the Freycinet vineyards and allow the wines to gain complexity from time in the bottle...

Freycinet wines stand out because of their consistency between vintages, in spite of the vagaries of the Tasmanian climate; the sheer quality of (at least) the top four wines which rank among the finest produced in Australia; and the ability to age gracefully...

The Freycinet Vineyard has earned the ‘distinguished site’ in its first 30 years and this portfolio is an endorsement of Claudio Radenti’s time as viticulturist and winemaker.”

The award is sponsored by Mirvac and Wine Australia with winners to be announced at a dinner to be held in September.

 

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