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Record medal count at Riverland Wine Show
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The Riverland Wine Show Society is pleased to release the results of the 2008 Riverland Wine Show, noting a record percentage of medals per entrant of 59%. There were 22 gold, 34 silver, and 147 bronze medals awarded. The 6% gold strike rate was above the national average of 4%.
Medal winners in wine shows are awarded on a points-out-of-twenty basis; gold 18.5–20.0 points, silver 17.0–18.4 points, and bronze 15.5–16.9 points – so it is common for instance for several gold medals to be awarded in a single class.
Chairman of the Riverland Wine Show, Mr. Christopher Karvountzis noted that the high medal strike rate was “a testament to the resilience of the wine industry, which has been able to flourish despite less than ideal conditions including the protracted drought.”
Mr. Karvountzis also explained that a rigorous program of random audits had been instituted for the 2008 vintage. The Committee feel that this is crucial in raising the standard and profile of the Riverland Wine Show, and adopted the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology’s wine audit procedures to ensure the legitimacy of entries. The auditor advised that there had been full compliance with the Riverland Wine Show’s regulations.
Chairman of Judges, Mr. Glen James commented on the various classes, acknowledging that despite the fluctuating weather conditions of the 2008 vintage, that the overall quality was very good, and a marked improvement on 2007. Many of the 2006 red table wines – particularly the Shiraz varietals – were also showing their best. Durif and Tempranillo were other noted varieties. Fortified, brandies, and sweet white wine styles shone, with a high medal strike rate in those classes.
• Air Liquide Trophy Best White Wine Classes 1–6, 9–13: Zilzie Wines, 2008 Buloke/S23 Chardonnay • Radoux Trophy Best Dry Red Wine Classes 7,8, 14–19: Westend Estate Pty Ltd, 2006 Westend 3 Bridges Reserve Shiraz • Austwine Trophy Best Sweet Table Wine Classes 21–23: McWilliams Wines, 2006 McWilliams Limited Release Botrytis Semillon • Wally Ware Trophy Most Successful Exhibitor Dry Red Classes 7,8,14–19: Westend Estate Pty Ltd • Novozymes Australia Pty Ltd Trophy Most Successful Exhibitor in White Wine Classes 1–6, 9–13, 21–23: Westend Estate Pty Ltd • SAGE Automation Trophy Most Successful Exhibitor Classes 1–23: Westend Estate Pty Ltd • A&G Engineering Trophy Best Fortified White Wine Classes 24–26: McWilliams Wines, NV McWilliams Show Reserve Muscat • NOVASYS Group Pty Ltd Trophy Best Fortified Red Wine Classes 27–29: Constellation Wines Australia, Lauriston Show Port (12 years) • AUSTRALIAN VINTAGE AW KELLY Memorial Trophy Most Successful Exhibitor Rosé Class 7: Yalumba Wine Company, 2008 Oxford Landing Rose • Booth Transport Trophy Best Brandy Classes 30–31: Constellation Wines Australia, NV Hardy's XO Brandy • Oak Solutions Group Trophy The Best Wine in Show: McWilliams Wines, 2006 McWilliams Limited Release Botrytis Semillon • Fletcher's Freighters Trophy Most Successful Exhibitor: Constellation Wines • 2008 JMA Riverland Wine Maker of the Year: Mr Eric Semmler
The full results are downloadable from: http://www.riverlandwine.org.au/wineshow.htm