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Winning wine: McLaren Vale III Associates Sparkling Squid Ink Shiraz.

Winning wine: McLaren Vale III Associates Sparkling Squid Ink Shiraz.

THE first trophy awarded for a sparking red in the 31-year history of the International Wine Challenge (IWC) has gone to McLaren Vale III Associates for its Sparkling Squid Ink Shiraz.

The wine is a blend of vintages made by Winemaker Brian Light – a previous Australasian Winemaker of the Year and three-time winner of McLaren Vale Wine Show’s top Bushing King award.

The Sparkling Squid Ink was also the only wine to win a gold medal in the IWC sparkling red category.

Announcing the medal in London last week, this year’s IWC judging panel described the Sparkling Squid Ink as “sheer class”.

Winemaker Brian Light said the win is very exciting for the III Associates team.

“It’s a great result for this unique Aussie style and it’s great for McLaren Vale, up against wines from all over the world,” Light said.

“The complexity of this McLaren Vale Shiraz sparkling wine is matched by the balance of ripe plum pudding flavours and soft mouth filling tannins – we believe it’s a beautiful drink and we’re very pleased others are agreeing.”

The Sparkling Squid Ink has been a hit with reviewers in Australia and internationally since its release last November and earlier this year won a silver medal at the Wine Spirits Asia Wine Challenge in Singapore.

McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism CEO Marc Allgrove congratulated McLaren Vale III Associates on its accolade.

“It’s great to see a McLaren Vale winery being lauded on the world stage and equally great to see a wine style unique to Australia being recognised for its quality and provenance,” Allgrove said.

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