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Bottle up the cold climate

Following record entries in 2007, the organisers of the National Cool Climate Wine Show to be held in Bathurst between 14–17 October, anticipate even more entries this year.

Mark Renzaglia, chair of the Show committee said in 2007 entries were close to 900 (up from 600 the year before) and this year more are expected as the national recognition of the show spreads among cool climate growers and winemakers.

Entries are being sought from across Australia, with the Show expected to attract fierce competition. The Show is an annual event celebrating the high quality cool climate wines produced in Australia, and is held in Australia’s oldest inland city, Bathurst, NSW. Entry forms, Class schedules and regulations can be found in the Entry section of the Show website at www.coolwines.com.au

Entries close 12th September 2008. Exhibits must be delivered to the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre, 1 Kendall Ave Bathurst 2795 by the 30 September 2007.

Judging is between 14–16 October with a public tasting at the Bathurst Showground on the evening of Friday, October 17. Tim Knappstein, the renowned Australian vigneron and wine judge, will be returning this year to head the judging panel, supported by Lester Jesberg.

The Public Tasting provides wine-lovers with the pleasure of sampling over 800 wines cultured in cool climates from around Australia, and an opportunity to meet with winemakers and industry experts.

Previous Gold medal recipients include Brangayne of Orange, Cumulus (NSW), Winburndale (NSW), Howard Park (WA), Portsea Estate (Vic). Portree Vineyard (VIC), Ainsworth Estate (VIC), Tamburlaine (NSW), Greenbrier Park Vineyard (NSW), Harewood Estate (WA), Canobolas Smith (NSW), Aldgate Ridge (SA), Symphonia Wines (VIC) and Chalice Bridge (WA).

To be eligible for entry, wines must be made from grapes grown in a region which meets the specific criteria. Such areas have four distinct seasons with cool Autumns, large variation in day and night-time temperatures, cool nights in the growing season and growing degree days of less than 1600 degrees.

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