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Box Stallion 2011 sauvignon blanc and Box Stallion 2010 shiraz have both won gold medals at the Rutherglen Wine Show. The judging was held in September 2012.   In three years, the sauvignon blancs have won five gold medals. Box Stallion shiraz often wins gold medals: the 2009 shiraz won four gold medals, and the 2010 has won its first at Rutherglen, after winning a couple of silver medals last year.

“The sauvignon blanc from the Box Stallion vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula have really attractive characters, with tropical fruit, delicate herbaceousness, and floral notes. They’re quite complex wines, very good drinking,” says Alex White. “They also bottle age well – for at least four years. I’ve noticed they improve over three years, which is really unusual for sauvignon blanc.”

Drink it as an aperitif, with Greek-style savory cheese pastries, antipasto, with gravlax and grilled fish.

As for the shiraz, he says: “The shiraz usually starts to show well after two years, and then it keeps building. We’ve noticed it becomes fuller and more complex over about six or seven years. The wine comes from two Mornington Peninsula vineyards, and even allowing for vintage variations, they produce a shiraz that is full of fruit – especially black cherry notes – as well as spices and black pepper. They’re medium-bodied and full flavoured wines, and because they are medium-bodied, they are very versatile when it comes to food matching.”

We particularly the shiraz with lamb, Moroccan dishes, and a range of chicken dishes.

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