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60% of the 2005 vintage Shiraz judged at the Victorian Wines Show were award winners.
The Chairman of Judges international wine consultant Ian McKenzie was most enthusiastic about the wine show and in particular the Shiraz classes proclaiming them “very, very good, they were the stand out wines in the show”
The Shiraz class is the biggest in the Victorian Wines Show and the entries demonstrate the wide range of wine styles made from grapes grown statewide from all manner of clones and methods.
Continuing success with the Shiraz variety, it was pleasing to see two Gold Medals in the Australian Sparkling Red class both made from Shiraz. This is especially enjoyable for the chairman as in another life he made many of the best examples when he made wine at Great Western.
Ian McKenzie was enthused by the 2007 Riesling class explaining that they were very good over the entries and there was also a 2006 Riesling he described as ‘a cracker’ he cant wait to see where it is from.
A strong class of Pinot Noir from 2005 and 2006 vintages were revealed as ‘a lovely strong class, the styles varied from delicate to bold’. The 2005 Pinot Noir’s received three Gold Medals and the 2006 four Gold Medals.
The Cabernet Sauvignon’s revealed two gold medal level wines; both were 2006 vintage and as yet are not in bottle and by the wine shows rules all award wines must be bottled before the show. However they both received the highest assessment. It looks good for these wines in next years show.
Shiraz struck gold again in the vintage port class winning two Gold Medals, many top Vintage Ports are made from exotic varieties yet in Australia Shiraz can create the top wines. Ian McKenzie said that ‘one of the Vintage Ports was so fine and Portuguese in style it could be drunk now but will also last for years’.
Entries were down this year owing to the continuing drought and the frost attacks over the state, this has not only affected the current vintage but will in some areas have a knock-on effect to 2008 when damaged secondary buds will not produce. This is particularly gutting as many of the areas damaged normally produce premium grapes that make some of Australia’s most highly prized wines.
A new generation of wine show judges were on the floor this year. All but one judge has completed the Len Evans Tutorial and are Scholars of this new initiative to refresh the wine show judging system. The Len Evans Tutorial is seven years old and has produced 84 scholars.