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Cookoothama Sticky Adds Another Trophy to its Swag!

09 Sep 2015

- 2015 International Sweet Wine Challenge - 
2010 Cookoothama Riverina Botrytis Semillon 

- 2015 Riverina Wine Show -
2012 Nugan Estate Manuka Grove Durif

2014 Nugan Estate Third Generation Shiraz

The Nugan family triumphed again last week at the  2015 International Sweet Wine Challenge (ISWC Presentation Dinner when they were awarded another Trophy for their renownedCookoothama Botrytis Semillon RRP $22.95 for the newly released 2010 vintage. This brings the medal tally for Cookoothama Botrytis Semillon since its first vintage release in 1999 vintage to 10 Trophies, 29 Gold Medals, 50 Silver medals. 

The 10th annual ISWC presentation dinner unveiled this year's top sweet wines from around the world. Since 2006 the ISWC panel of expert judges have tasted their way through hundreds of wines to help showcase the high quality sweet wines available. 

An ecstatic Chief Winemaker, Daren Owers, commented: 
"This Trophy is an amazing achievement. I'm extremely proud of the 2010 vintage. I hope the Cookoothama Botrytis Semillon will become the benchmark of its style as our style develops and its recognition grows with each vintage. I encourage everyone to enjoy a glass with their Christmas pudding this year!"

That was not the only bootie for Nugan Estate with the family collecting at the 2015 Riverina Wine Show two other acknowledgements of their winemaking prowess with their 2012 Nugan Estate Manuka Grove Durif RRP $23.95 collecting TOP GOLD and their 2014 Nugan Estate Third Generation Shiraz collecting the prestigious Sean Hampel Award for Best Shiraz made from Riverina fruit.

Matriarch, Michelle Nugan, was pleased to see the Durif collect Top Gold as it is made in memory of her late husband Ken. This rich and robust Durif has aromas of ripe blackberry, plum and chocolate with hints of toasty oak. On the palate, this full bodied wine displays soft chewy tannins and a youthful fine acid balance with generous flavours of black cherry and plum pudding with dusty chocolate, earth and spice. 

Nugan Estate is a premium producer of fine wine and extra virgin olive oil based in Griffith, NSW.  It is part of the Nugan Group which was founded in 1940 as a fruit and vegetable packer and expanded in the 1970s into juice production – later becoming one of the largest exporters of niche juice products to Asia.  In 1993 Nugan Group further diversified its operations planting vineyards and selling fruit under contract.  From there, winemaking was a natural progression.

Nugan Estate owns vineyards and sources fruit from King Valley, McLaren Vale, Coonawarra and Riverina. Family operated by Michelle, Matthew and Tiffany Nugan, the Nugan Group is now complemented by the three wine labels, Nugan Estate, Cookoothama and Talinga Park and premium Nugan Estate olive oil. 

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