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Tim Kirk of Clonakilla named Australian Winemaker of the Year!

27th September, 2013

Tim Kirk of Clonakilla named Australian Winemaker of the Year!

This week we were delighted to hear that at a gala dinner in Sydney, Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine announced Tim Kirk of Clonakilla as their Australian Winemaker of the Year! In a highly competitive field of eight that also included Nick Farr of By Farr Wines, Tim Kirk was thought to have demonstrated through a track record of exemplary wines that he is worthy of being considered among Australia’s best.  

Chairman of the panel Peter Forrestal singled out Clonakilla’s flagship Shiraz Viognier as Tim’s crowning achievement, noting “how important it is to Australian wine as the benchmark for the style and as a world-class red in it’s own right.”  

It was third time lucky for Tim who has been shortlisted for this award twice before. In winning he joins joins an illustrious list of past winners including Vanya Cullen (Cullen Vineyard), Jeff Grosset (Grosset) and Gary Farr (By Farr Wines).  

Also announced on the night was the inaugural Australian Viticulturist of the Year award which went to Ray Guerin of Shaw + Smith. Ray was the unanimous choice of the panel and was delighted with the win which highlights the fact that the quality of the grapes is key to good winemaking so best practice in the vineyard is vitally important. Ray‘s expertise is also being put to good use in Tasmania where he is working with Tolpuddle Vineyard.

Congratulations to both!