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Hobart Wine Show: Championship of Pinot Noir
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The Wrest Point Royal Hobart International Wine Show – one of the largest capital city wine shows in Australia – is introducing some major innovations in 2009.
The Show attracts over 2800 entries in 98 classes, but increasing Pinot Noir entries in recent years, together with the burgeoning Pinot industry in Tasmania, have prompted the Wine Show Committee to take special steps to highlight this particular variety.
For the first time Etihad Airways will sponsor the RAST Trophy for the Best Pinot Noir at the Hobart Wine Show to be held in November. The prize will provide the winner with two return tickets to Paris and allow them to visit Burgundy, the world’s most famous Pinot Noir producing region.
The chairman of the Wine Show Committee, David Johnstone, said that this is the most valuable trophy available at any wine show in Australia.
“This trophy firmly cements Hobart Wine Show’s position as the most prestigious show for Pinot Noir in the country.
“In 2008 the Royal Hobart Wine Show had some 150 Pinot Noir entries in three classes and we look forward to even greater numbers in 2009,” he said.
In another major development – and an innovative departure from other wine shows — this year’s Wrest Point Royal Hobart International Wine Show is introducing a new class for current vintage Pinot Noirs and to have them discussed by the Pinot Noir experts who will be judging at the show. These include the Chair of Judges, John Ellis, and two international judges, Bob Campbell MW from New Zealand and Clive Torr from South Africa.
The judging of this class will be held separately after trophy judging on Wednesday afternoon, 18 November. “It will be a great opportunity for current unbottled vintage Pinot Noir to be assessed and discussed with the experts. Ideally, wines will have completed malo-lactic fermentation and have received a subsequent addition of sulphur dioxide," said Johnstone.
These wines will not be eligible for entry into formal Show classes and will not be awarded trophies or medals.
For the first time one third of the judging panel will be made up of Tasmanian wine experts.
“The Wine Show Committee feels that these major initiatives can only further enhance the Wine Show’s reputation and attract ever increasing entries particularly in the Pinot Noir classes which are so important to Tasmania," he said.
Entries in this year’s Wine Show close on 7 August, 2009. Entries are now open. Go to www.hobartshowground.com.au for all the information needed to enter, including a schedule and downloadable entry forms.