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Nearly 500 entries in quest for world’s best Riesling title

The six judges for the 2007 Canberra International Riesling Challenge have begun the enormous job of assessing the 482 entries – a record number – in the search for the overall winner which will be awarded the new trophy for ‘World’s Best Riesling’.

The Chair of the Challenge, Ken Helm, said the event now has international recognition and status.

“We have seen a big increase in the number of entries from overseas with 73 from Germany, 58 from New Zealand, 45 from the United States, 10 from South Africa and three from France,” Helm said.

“They will be competing against the 293 Australian entries for the prestigious ‘World’s Best Riesling’ trophy. We have 78 new entrants this year and plenty of interest from Tasmania with 29 entries from the Apple Isle.”

The Challenge is again being hosted by the event’s major sponsor, Canberra’s Hyatt Hotel.

The six member judging panel for this year’s event is again headed by Yalumba’s chief winemaker, Louisa Rose. She will be joined by two international experts, top German wine judge, Alexander Kohnen and John Belsham from New Zealand’s Marlborough region. Also on the panel are David O’Leary from the Clare Valley, Sommelier from Sydney’s Bather’s Pavilion Sally Harper and leading Australian wine writer, Ken Gargett.

"Last year's gold and trophy winning wines were truly world class," Rose said. “I am confident we will again be looking at some stunning wines.”

The 2006 Tim Adams Riesling from the Clare won the major prize last year, which included a trip for two to Germany’s Rhine Valley.

Other awards to be given this year will include the ACT Chief Minister’s Award for the Best Canberra Region Riesling, the Tamar Valley Wine Route will reward the best Tasmanian Riesling and the annual Wolf Blass Award will be presented to the person or organisation which has done most to promote Riesling. Ken Helm won the Wolf Blass Award in 2006

The winners in this year’s Challenge will be announced at a dinner at the Hyatt Hotel, Canberra this Friday, 19 October 2007.

For further information visit www.rieslingchallenge.com



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