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Another great vintage expected at regional wine show
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Sandy Rendel, chairman of the Kiama Regional Wine Show announced that entries for the 2008 Show have officially closed and another excellent year is expected. The number of entries is very encouraging especially following the difficulties experienced with the 2007 vintage. 140 wines from 24 regional producers have been entered which are exactly the same as the averages for the previous four years.
The numbers of entries are particularly strong among white varieties such as Chardonnay, Semillon and Verdelho whereas Cabernet Sauvignon and Chambourcin are well represented among the reds. Some producers are starting to see excellent results in some of the less well know varieties such as Tempranillo and Tannat. It is also interesting to note that the number of fortified wines is up on previous years.
Wines made from grapes grown in the South Coast Wine Zone are eligible for entry into the Show. The South Coast Wine Zone comprises the area from Sydney in the north to the Victorian border in the South and as far west as (but not including) the Canberra region. The Zone includes two primary climatic regions namely the maritime climate of the Shoalhaven Coast Wine Region and the cool climate Southern Highlands Wine Region. These regional variations help produce wines with distinctive characteristics which will be identified and commented on by the judges.
Fourth generation Hunter winemaker Keith Tulloch will again serve as Chairman of Judges. The Show is judged strictly according to international standards and a medal won at the Kiama Regional Wine Show has the same standing as a medal won at a national show. Wine medals indicate level of quality and are awarded on merit rather than first-second-third places. Regional wine shows provide an opportunity for commercial producers to benchmark their products against wines produced from similar growing conditions and micro-climates. Through this process vignerons and winemakers are able to improve their vineyard management and winemaking; ultimately benefiting the consumer.
This year’s judging will take place behind closed doors at the Kiama Blue Grand Mercure on Wednesday 17 September and the gala black-tie Awards Dinner will be held at Bellachara Boutique Hotel Gerringong on Saturday 20 September. A few dinner tickets are still available and may be purchased by contacting Carole Johnston of JAi Events at 4237 5554 or ">c.