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Halliday was most enthusiastic about the quality of the exhibits, enthusing over the outstanding quality resulting from the perfect growing condition in 2004 and an even better 2005 season. In 2004 there was a magnificent grape set, big berries and big bunches that worked out well owing to the even temperatures during the ripening season with late rain that didn’t effect the vintage. Halliday explained that the 2005 season in Victoria was the best vintage since the highly regarded 1998 vintage and the resulting wines made for a close competition resulting in four to five gold at the top end that were so close in quality that the final trophy-winning wines became hairline decisions. Outstanding classes included Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2004 vintage with Chardonnay from the 2003 and 2004 year described as very good. Halliday had earlier congratulated his judges and stewards on their fine work and referred to the new venue at Broadford as “an ideal set up, spacious, clean, insulated and with excellent access from the Hume Highway. In closing he made special comment to the long term show director Pauline Davis who he encouraged to never give up the fine management of this show. On the Saturday a large and enthusiastic crowd of winemakers and consumers tasted from over 1100 wines at the Exhibitors Tasting in Broadford.