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Barossa shiraz awarded Australia’s best, beating 430 entries to win

A Barossa Valley Shiraz has won ‘Best of Show’ and ‘Best SA Shiraz’ at the 2020 Saint Martin Oak Great Australian Shiraz Challenge.


It’s been a great week for the Z Wine team, with the Barossa winery’s 2018 Julius Shiraz taking out a double trophy win!

The delicious drop received the 2020 Saint Martin Oak Great Australian Shiraz Challenge trophy for ‘Best of Show’ and the Orora Glass trophy for ‘Best South Australian Shiraz.

This outstanding announcement comes from the 26th edition of this prestigious and highly regarded wine award, which attracted over 430 entries of premium Shiraz from 70 regions across Australia.

The 2020 awards were judged by the acclaimed panel including Gary Baldwin (chair), Jeni Port, Jen Pfeiffer, Brendan Freeman, Simon Osicka and Cate Looney, with vintages of entries ranging from 2012 to 2020.

Previous winners of this prestigious national award include; Kaesler Wines ‘The Bogan’ Shiraz, Taylors Wines ‘Taylors Shiraz, Tattachilla Wines ‘Foundation Shiraz’ W Slater & Son ‘Pepperjack Shiraz’ Geoff Merril ’Reserve Shiraz’, Turkey Flat Wines ‘Turkey Flat Shiraz’, Wolf Blass ‘Blass Eden Valley Shiraz’, Hardys ‘Eileen Hardy’ & Wirra Wirra ‘RSW Shiraz’.

Winemaker, Janelle Zerk said “It’s fantastic to see a single vineyard Shiraz from the Southern Barossa that has been made to exude bold Barossa characters, while still retaining its pure elegance rise to the top. Shiraz is arguably the most iconic of all Australian varieties and we are so proud to have not only been judged best in South Australia, but best in Australia. The 2018 vintage in the Barossa was one to remember, producing super aromatic perfumed Shiraz with great depth that the variety is renowned for.”

“The Julius is in its 14th year of production and has always had a brilliant track record… but this award trumps them all!”

Kristen Zerk, Managing Director went on to say, ‘“The Z Wine Julius Shiraz has always been my favourite. It is one of our most cellarable wines and can be put down for 25-30 years ….if you have the patience not to drink it!”

“This particular Shiraz, which is named after my Son and Grandfather’s middle name, is perfect with food and is always a star with our loyal customers at our degustation dinners. A definite must have for Shiraz collectors.”

The 2018 Julius Barossa Valley Shiraz is available for tastings and sales at the Z WINE Cellar Door & Wine in Tanunda at 109-111 Murray Street Tanunda SA 5352 or call (08) 8563 3637 or order online at

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