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South Coast Wine Show 2008 results

Wines from the South Coast wine zone were judged on 25 January 2008 at the Milton Showground pavilion.

This year’s judging panel comprised David Lowe and Mandy Jones and was chaired by David Morris who commented on the quality of the wines tasted. He said the general standard was higher with more entries receiving medals with just over half of the wines up to medal standard.

The strongest section of the show was as usual the dry whites with over 60% of entries receiving medals. All the gold medals awarded went to white wines.

The Semillon class again was very strong. The Verdelho class was also strong and the top wine, a 2004 vintage, was fantastic. This variety holds great promise for this area for both the youthful, fruit style as well as wines with bottle maturation. The Chardonnay class was stronger than seen before which is encouraging and the other variety that impressed was Arneis.

In the dry red classes, Cabernet Sauvignon won three silver medals with two more awarded in the Blends and Other Varieties.

In the fortified wine class, one silver medal was awarded.

From 136 entries from 21 vineyards and wineries, 9 gold, 17 silver and 45 bronze medals were awarded.

Gold medals were awarded to:

Coolangatta Estate 2004 Verdelho 2006 Semillon 2004 Semillon 2001 Semillon 2005 Alexander Berry Chardonnay

Tertini Wines 2005 "Tertini" Riesling 2006 "Tertini & Knight" Arneis

Grumblebone Estate Vineyard 2006 Chardonnay

Crooked River Wines 2007 Arneis

Trophies for The Best Wine of Show, Best White Wine and Best Wine Made from Grapes grown in the Shoalhaven Coast Wine Region went to Coolangatta Estate’s gold medal winning 2004 Verdelho.

Trophy for the Best Wine Made from Grapes grown in the Southern Highlands Wine Region went to Grumblebone Estate Vineyard’s gold medal winning 2006 Chardonnay.

Trophy for Best Wine Made in a Shoalhaven Coast Winery was awarded to Crooked River Wines’ gold medal winning 2007 Arneis.

Certificate for the Best Red Wine went to Belgrave Park’s silver medal winning "The Peak Alone" 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Best in Class Awards went to:

Chardonnay – Grumblebone Estate Vineyard 2006 (Gold)

Rosé – Coolangatta Estate 2007 (Silver)

Cabernet Sauvignon – Belgrave Park "The Peak Alone" 2006 (Silver)

Dry Red Wine (Blends and other varieties) – Disaster Bay Wines 2006 Merlot/Cabernet Franc (Silver)

Fortified Wine – Coolangatta Estate 2003 Vintage Port (Silver)

Awards were made at the Presentation Wine Show Dinner held at the Vineyard Kitchen Restaurant, Cupitt’s Winery, Ulladulla on the evening of 8 February 2008 by major sponsors David Hazlett and Peter Lean of Hazcorp Pty.Ltd and Jan Geelan of Bawley Liquor Barn.

For more information visit www.southcoastwineshow.blogspot.com

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