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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Best winemaker is a real corker

The Mercury: Best winemaker is a real corker [31jul05]

FRAN Austin's enthusiasm bubbles with as much vigour as a freshly poured pinot noir chardonnay.

Maybe, at 30, it is her youthful exuberance that fuels such passion. Or perhaps being the chief winemaker at Hardy Wine's solitary Tasmanian outpost, Bay of Fires Winery, she knows only too well that she is standing on the edge of an exciting frontier for the state's wine industry.

Miss Austin was crowned Young Winemaker of the Year at last week's renowned Qantas-Australian Gourmet Traveller awards.

The honour recognises what she has achieved to date and points to a future on the cutting edge of the wine industry.

Miss Austin's energy for her industry, career and her wines is obvious. She eloquently expresses her thoughts on how the Tasmanian wine industry continues to make mileage as a quality cold-climate wine producer and boldly predicts an even brighter future -- starting right now


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