2000 Radenti Sparkling wins ‘best of the best’ competition

In what amounts to a ‘best of the best competition’, the Winewise Championship 2011 conducted by Winewise magazine acknowledges Australia’s finest wines, from producers large and small.

(Winewise Magazine was founded in 1985 and reviews more than 2,500 wines each year covering all the major varietal styles and reports on the world's best winemakers and viticultural regions and encourages a comprehensive coverage of the best of Australia's small wineries by conducting the annual Winewise Small Vigneron Awards.)

The Winewise Championship, now in its second year, benchmarks regional champions against national champions.This year's Championship was held in Canberra on 17 and 18 February 2011. The best wines from the following Australian wine shows held during the period February 2010 - January 2011 were invited to participate in the 2011 Winewise Championship:

    • National Wine Show of Australia
    • Winewise Small Vigneron Awards
    • Adelaide Hills Wine Show
    • Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show
    • Barossa Wine Show
    • Canberra Regional Wine Show
    • Clare Valley Wine Show
    • Geelong Wine Show
    • Gippsland Wine Show
    • Hunter Valley Wine Show
    • International Riesling Challenge
    • International Sweet White Challenge
    • Limestone Coast Wine Show
    • Margaret River Wine Show
    • McLaren Vale Wine Show
    • Mudgee Wine Show
    • National Cool Climate Wine Show
    • New England Wine Show (Incl. Granite Belt, Qld)
    • NSW Wine Awards
    • Orange Region Wine Show
    • Tasmanian Wine Show
    • Victorian Wines Show
    • Wine Show of Western Australia
    • Yarra Valley Wine Show

Over 200 Gold medal winning wines competed for the Championship and were judged by four of the regular Winewise magazine panel and experienced show judges – Lester Jesberg,  Deb Pearce, Len Sorbello and Phil Trickett and two of Australia's most respected wine judges Tom Carson (Chairman of the National Wine Show of Australia) and Huon Hooke (Sydney Morning Herald winewriter).

The 2000 Radenti Sparkling was awarded the Championship Sparkling Wine medallion.

Commenting on the award, Freycinet winemaker Claudio Radenti said:

“ Geoff and Susan Bull the founders and current proprietors of Freycinet Vineyards recognised back in 1993 when they launched the Radenti project, that Tasmania was ideally suited to premium sparkling wine. This award confirms their belief and commitment to quality.

We are delighted with the success and the recognition that the 2000 Radenti Sparkling has received.

This award strengthens Tasmania’s growing reputation for outstanding Sparkling wine.

I would like to pay tribute to the dedicated team at Freycinet Vineyard.

Radenti Sparkling is created strictly in line with methode champagnoise traditionelle using state of the art equipment imported especially from Champagne.

This Vintage, blended from 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, was disgorged after spending 9 years on yeast lees and demonstrates the benefit of long maturation resulting in rich complex characters and a fine elegant palate.

The 2001 Vintage - for which we have equally high hopes -  will be disgorged in the next few weeks.”


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