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The winner of this category, announced at the inaugural Australian Wine Companion awards, was Rob Dolan wines. Each one of the top ten wineries making its debut in the Wine Companion has earned a five-star rating. They are thus the leaders of the 94 new wineries in this edition, although a number of other first-up wineries also achieved five stars. The ultimate selection criteria included the number of wines earning 94 points or above, and also value for money.
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Wines considered to offer special value for money.