Nick O’Leary Wines’ 2013 Bolaro Shiraz took home the 2014 New South Wales Wine of the Year Award at the recent 2014 New South Wales (NSW) Wine Awards ceremony in Sydney.
“This third release Nick O’Leary 2013 Bolaro Shiraz is a single vineyard wine from the acclaimed Fischer vineyard located to the east of Murrumbateman on free draining alluvial shale soils,” a release by NSW Wines after the event said. “One of the highest vineyards in the area, this site produces low yielding, highly concentrated fruit, creating wines of structure and power.”
According to NSW Wines, the award is O’Leary’s second, having won the trophy for Best Young Shiraz in 2009.
O’Leary’s Shiraz was selected from a list of winners from a dozen categories. The 2013 Bolaro Shiraz was the winner in the Best Young Shiraz category.
Judges handed out 148 gold or silver medals at the awards, the release said.
According to the NSW Wines release, Deputy Premier and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Troy Grant was pleased with the wines at this fall’s competition.
“I congratulate each of the twelve trophy winners representing six of our State’s outstanding wine regions at this year’s NSW Wine Awards,” Grant is quoted as saying in the release. “The spread of achievements across the regions highlights the quality and diversity of wine on offer in cellar doors across the State, and reinforces NSW’s reputation as a world-class food and wine destination.”
Another event of note at the awards ceremony was the presentation of the 2013 Graham Gregory Award to NSW wine administrator Chris Barnes. The award is named after former NSW Agriculture Deputy Director-General Graham Gregory, and is given to people in the NSW wine world for their contributions and dedication to the industry.
Barnes has been president of the Hunter Valley Wine Association for eight years, president of the NSW Wine Industry Association for nine years and the Wine Federation of Australia for five years, a press release about the award stated.
Ministry for Primary Industry Katrina Hodgkins presented the award to Barnes.
“Mr. Barnes is widely recongnised by his peers as the driving force behind the formation of the NSW Wine Industry Association and a fearless advocate for the interests of winemakers and grape growers in NSW,” Hodgkins said in the release. “He has worked tirelessly as an industry advocate during his 40-year involvement with the NSW wine industry.”
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