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2008 Geelong Wine Show results

The best wines of the Geelong region were toasted at the gala presentation ceremony of the Geelong Wine Show on Friday 17 October at the Ford Discovery Centre.

Lethbridge Wines were the major winner on the night, taking out the Williams and Jackson 'Best Wine of the Show' trophy with their 2007 Allegra Chardonnay. Ray Nadeson from Lethbridge Wines, who also made last years Best Wine of the Show was very pleased with the result saying that he and his wife Maree Collis, have put a great deal of hard work into their winery and are very proud of the wines they have produced.

The Chifley on the Esplanade Geelong trophy for the most successful exhibitor was also won by Lethbridge Wines. These wines will be served in the Corio Sands Restaurant at Chifley on the Esplanade Geelong as the Wine of the Month.

The awards were a great way to celebrate the entire breadth of the Geelong wine region with industry players, large and small, having the opportunity to showcase their talent and product. The awards encourage excellence in grape-growing and winemaking.

The tasting and judging was held at Waurn Ponds Estate, the on-campus winery at Deakin University. The judging panel included respected wine journalist Huon Hooke as panel chair, president of the Australian Sommeliers Association Ben Edwards and Kate Goodman from Punt Road Wines. At the award ceremony Huon Hooke, said he was impressed with the high quality of Pinot Gris in the Geelong region and referred to the region’s Chardonnay’s as ‘exciting wines’.

A total of 65 medals were awarded to wines across 8 classes, including 8 gold medals. The strength of the region's Chardonnay was evident with 25 medals awarded in this class including 2 gold. Pinot Noir was also strong, with 16 medals including 3 gold. The Shiraz class were also awarded with 11 medals. Pinot Gris was an up and coming wine for the Geelong region with 6 medals, including 2 gold.

Trophy winners on the night were: The Vinvicta Products Trophy for best Chardonnay — Lethbridge Wines 2007 Allegra Chardonnay.

The McCrackens Water Service Trophy for Best Wine from Classes 1, 2, 3, 5, & 8 Clyde Park 2008 Pinot Gris This was the first gold medal for Mr Darren Burke as the new wine maker at Clyde Park Vineyard.

The Harwood Andrews Trophy for Best Pinot Noir — Sweetland 2007 Pinot Noir Bill Sweetland, the winner of the best Pinot Noir was very happy he entered the wine show at the last minute and delayed a trip to NSW so he was able to receive a trophy at the Awards.

The Kauri New Zealand Trophy for Best Shiraz won by Leura Park Estate 2007 Shiraz

Mrs. Lyndsay Sharp from Leura Park was ecstatic with the result as it was their first trophy since purchasing the vineyard just 12 months ago. They are looking forward to making some great wines in the future.

Many of the winning wines will be featured at the Geelong Winegrowers Association event 'Toast to the Coast Wine and Food Festival' to be held at various vineyards in the region on the Melbourne Cup weekend, being Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd November. For more details go to: www.toast2coast.com or 1800 620 888.

The Geelong Wine Show would not have been possible without the valued support of its generous sponsors. Williams and Jackson, Tonnellerie Saury, Kauri New Zealand, Vinvicta, McCrackens, Water Services, Chef and Sommelier, Harwood Andrews Lawyers, The Chifley Hotel on the Esplanade, Meredith Dairy, Wine Titles, Waurn Ponds Estate at Deakin University, Otway Estate Pale Ale and Bellarine Estate

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