By Amy Looker

McGuigan Wines’ 2003 Tempus Two Copper Zenith Hunter Valley Semillon was named as the 2010 NSW Wine of the Year at the a gala presentation dinner at Guillaume at Bennelong on Monday night (Oct 18).

The announcement caps off a stellar run for McGuigan, which saw Neil McGuigan win the prestigious titles of White Winemaker of the Year at the 2009 International Wine Challenge (IWC) and Winemaker of the Year at the 2009 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).

McGuigan was presented with the award before a role call of the industry’s finest, including chair of judges, Huon Hooke.

McGuigan also recently assumed the post of chief executive officer of Australian Vintage Limited, which produces the McGuigan and Tempus Two labels.

Tempus Two’s chief winemaker, Scott Comyns, said the company was delighted with the result.

“The 2003 vintage was our first attempt at the Semillon varietal, and we are all really proud that we got it right! Our Copper Range is known for being modern and slightly irreverent, combining inspiration from the south of France and Spanish countryside with a cheeky Aussie twist.”

The 2010 NSW Wine Awards are the state’s peak awards and honour the top 40 wines produced by NSW winemakers.

The top 40 wines then go into to compete for the coveted trophy titles.

Click here for a full list of trophy-winning and top 40 wines.

The Shout Team

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