Morris Wines Old Premium Rare Liqueur Topaque gains trophy medal in 2017 International Wine Challenge in London

TOP DROP: Morris Wines winemaker David Morris says his team is proud to be recognised at the 2017 International Wine Challenge in London.

TOP DROP: Morris Wines winemaker David Morris says his team is proud to be recognised at the 2017 International Wine Challenge in London.

MORRIS Wines has claimed one of the top accolades at the 2017 International Wine Challenge in London.

Its Morris Wines Old Premium Rare Liqueur Topaque was awarded a trophy medal.

The Rutherglen winery, which narrowly escaped closure 12 months ago, was shortlisted for the Champion of Champions Trophy and Fortified Winemaker of the Year Award, which would be announced on July 6.

Winemaker David Morris welcomed the trophy in the premium show.

“While our Topaques are well known in Australia, we are still building awareness in international markets,” he said.

“Awards like this are so important in helping to raise the profile of Australia, and Rutherglen, as a world-class producer of fortified wine.”

Now in its 34th year, the International Wine Challenge is one of the world’s most meticulously judged wine competitions.

It assesses every wine blind and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage.

Griffith-based winemakers Casella Family Brands bought Morris Wines from Pernod Ricard Winemakers in July 2016.

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