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Coal Valley produces stars of Tasmanian Wine Show

Pinot Noir and Riesling produced from grapes grown in the Coal Valley just outside Hobart were the star performers at the 19th Tasmanian Wine Show awards last night.

John Shepherd’s Clemens Hill Vineyard won three trophies for its 2006 pinot noir – best pinot noir, best red wine of the show and best three year old pinot noir (2005 vintage), showing it is one of the most consistent producers in the State. (Shepherd won the prestigious Qantas trophy for best pinot noir in open competition at the 2007 Royal Hobart International Wine Show for his 2005 vintage).

But Riesling is the emerging star of the Tasmanian wine industry. Senior Counsel and barrister Greg Melick won two trophies, three gold medals, one silver and three bronze medals for Rieslings of various styles – dry to sweet, from his Coal Valley vineyard, under his label Pressing Matters.

Melick is also focussing on pinot noir, but it is only a young vineyard and the pinot is yet to be released.

Wines for both Clemens Hill and Pressing Matters are made by Tasmanian wine pioneer Julian Alcorso and his winemaking team of John Schuts, Greer Carland and Matt Wood at a specialist contract winemaking operation called Winemaking Tasmania at Cambridge in southern Tasmania.

Alcorso was delighted with the result.

“We have been producing some world class pinot noir consistently for years now, and chairman of judges James Halliday recognised it last night saying Tasmania is the epicentre for pinot noir in the southern hemisphere,” Alcorso said.

“But Riesling is emerging now on the world stage and we just have to let everyone in on the secret.”

Wines made by Winemaking Tasmania won seven of the 14 trophies on offer at the awards last night, showing the value of the specialist winemaking operation in raising the quality bar of Tasmanian wines in recent years.

Frogmore Creek, another vineyard operation in the Coal Valley, was the other major winner of the show, winning three trophies, including best wine of the show for its 2007 Riesling.

Full results www.tasmanianwineshow.org



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