Shaw wins Mondavi prize

Shaw wins Mondavi prize News Wine News
  • Wednesday 1 November 2000

Veteran Rosemount winemaker Philip Shaw has won the coveted Robert Mondavi Winemaker of the Year award for the second time - in 15 years.

The award was presented at the International Wine and Spirit Competition at London's Guildhall earlier this week. The chief winemaker at Australia's leading family owned winery, Shaw was presented with the Trophy at London's Guildhall as a tribute to his winemaking talents and because Rosemount enjoyed the best results of any producer at the competition.

The winery won some of the highest accolades in the wine world - Best Australian Producer and Best Blended Red Wine, for the 1998 Rosemount's Traditional. In total Rosemount won six of 21 gold medals presented to Australian wines.

'To win this award once is an achievement,' says Rosemount CEO Keith Lambert. 'To win it for a second time is outstanding.' Philip Shaw told decanter.com he was delighted - but not as pleased as Lambert, who jokingly wondered why it had taken him so long since he last won the award.

'It was 1986 when I won it last,' Shaw says. 'And the first thing Keith asked me was, "why has it taken you 15 years to win it again - what have you been doing?" I suppose it's a fair question. We've got some very good wines now, but there have been a lot of challengers in the frame.'

Lambert also emphasised the importance to the company of winning awards from peers. 'When you gain major awards at such a prestigious competition, it is a real boost to both immediate and long term sales through increased awareness and confidence in our reputation.'

The London awards follow the announcement on 18 October that Rosemount has entered a joint worldwide venture with Robert Mondavi to create and sell two new lines of wine.

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