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52stones rock at the Boutique Wine Awards

A little-known Western Australian micro-boutique producer has won the chardonnay trophy at the Boutique Wine Awards for the second successive year. The vineyard is 52stones, from the Ferguson Valley in the Geographe region. Owner of the vineyard and brand is Darryn Rigg, and winemaker is Peter Stanlake.

Boutique Wine Awards winners to be announced

Exciting results in the 20th annual Boutique Wine Awards, to be announced on Friday July 17. I’m sworn to secrecy till then, but I can reveal that the trophy sparkling wine is very unusual – it was made from a grape variety that is rarely used in sparkling wines.

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Glorious Geographe

Western Australian wine, especially Margaret River’s, is riding high, but what about that lesser-known region called Geographe? Wines from this region have been coming to my attention increasingly, climaxing in the recent 2014 Boutique Wine Awards. In this show, Geographe was a surprise package, landing

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Brown Magpie wins trophy at Boutique Wine Awards

Brown Magpie was the star at this year’s Boutique Wine Awards, winning the trophy for top wine of show with its 2013 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir. It’s a name most wine lovers would not have heard, but the vineyard is in the Geelong region of southern Victoria – a region whose fame with pinot noir is well established. It’s the region of Bannockburn winery, the Farr family, Lethbridge, Oakdene, Provenance, Bellarine Estate, Austin’s, Curlewis and numerous other small wineries which have all had major success with pinot noir.

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Boutiques, the heart and soul of wine

Occasionally one hears the irritating comment, usually from overseas, that Australia makes little but ‘industrial’ wine. Yes, we do have some very large wineries, and yes, we do have some huge, mass-market brands such as Yellow Tail and Jacob’s Creek. But more than 80% of our wineries are boutique-sized. That is, they crush no more than 250 tonnes of grapes each year for wine sold under their own label. That’s the definition of the Boutique Wine Awards, a show for Australian and New Zealand wines, which I’ve chaired for 17 years. How small is that exactly? Let’s look at some numbers.