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Gold Rush at the Melbourne International Wine Competition (MIWC)

There were plenty of wines that are available on WineCloud grabbing Golds at the recent Melbourne International Wine Competition (MIWC), with winners announced this week, so we thought we better share a little of their glory€¦ Koonara Wines won an individual award as Coonawarra Winery of the Year, and boutique wine distributor L€™Atelier by Aramis Vineyards is celebrating a double win for its South Australian wineries at the MIWC. The results, named Aramis Vineyards (L€™Atelier€™s own wine estate), McLaren Vale Winery of the Year, with Barossa Winery of the Year going to Soul Growers, also distributed by L€™Atelier Wines. The three wineries are all on WineCloud and have their wines available to be shipped directly to you. Both Aramis Vineyards and Soul Growers were also awarded Double Golds (highest accolade) for their top-flight Shiraz, with each picking up a number of further awards for their other premium Shiraz and Cabernets. General Manager of L€™Atelier Wines Amy White comments., €œthis fantastic achievement highlights what we already know, that we are lucky enough to be distributing some of the finest Shiraz this country produces. Both Aramis Vineyards and Soul Growers have been quietly over-delivering for a number of years, and we knew it was only a matter of time before their consistent efforts would be officially recognised€. The Soul Growers Slow Grown Shiraz 2013 is winemaker Paul Heinicke€™s homage to the diversity of Shiraz vineyards in the Barossa Valley, whose €œrichness and depth of flavour€ he seeks to champion above all else. The wine is made using traditional techniques from the best parcels of fruit each year, with only 200 dozen produced. Soul Growers also picked up Double Gold with their 2013 Provident Shiraz. The Heir Syrah 2012 by Aramis Vineyards is a new label created to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their first vintage, as well as the coming of age of their Shiraz vines (planted in 1997). Described by the winery as €œa perfect balance of power and restraint€, the wine is due for release on 1st August, with only 100 dozen produced. Owner Lee Flourentzou describes both the Double Gold and the Winery of the Year gong as €œextremely humbling€. The Melbourne International Wine Competition is unique in the annual calendar as the only competition judged exclusively by the trade. Amy White from explains €œthe MIWC panel really understand their customers, and these results are a true reflection, not of the latest winemaking trends, but of what people actually want to be drinking€.Koonara Ambriel's GiftOther winners were Koonara Wines who won Gold with their 2012 Ambriel’s Gift Cabernet Sauvignon, Aramis again got Gold with their 2012 White Label Cabernet Sauvignon, Murray Street Vineyards with their 2012 Benno Shiraz Mataro. Murray Street Vineyards Benno Silver winners were Aramis Vineyards 2013 Alliance Series SGM and Rusty Mutt 2014 ‘Rocky Ox’ GSM Blend and Rusty Mutt 2013 Shiraz Rusty Mutt ShirazBronze winners were Koonara Wines 2012 Desolate Soil Pinot Noir, Murray Street Vineyards 2012 Greenock Shiraz and Murray Street Vineyards 2012 Gomersal Shiraz, Aramis Vineyards 2012 Single Vineyard Shiraz and Aramis Vineyards 2006 The Governor. Congrats guys€¦ this has just made me very thirsty. No doubt some of these wines will be selling out pretty quickly now so get your hands on these babies while you can.