Irish TV personality Graham Norton may have slammed Australia’s participation in Eurovision last year, but that hasn’t stopped him from entering — and doing rather well in the Sydney International Wine Competition.
The 53-year-old was “tickled pink” by the success of his Australian-produced Shiraz and “Pink By Design” Rose, that picked up gold and blue gold medals respectively at the hotly contested event.
This year judges ploughed through 1911 wines from eight countries, and awarded just under 400 medals.
Tim Lightbourne who worked with Norton on the drops, said he wanted to show the wines were actually very good and not just about marketing.
Both wines have been launched into New Zealand and Australia. The Shiraz will launch in to the UK and Ireland later this month and the rosé in time for summer 2017 in the Northern hemisphere.