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Geelong Wine Show results released
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The Geelong Wine Show 2009 has seen more than 200 wines crafted from Geelong-grown fruit compete head to head.
Judging panel chair Huon Hook says it was a stronger show than 2008’s.
“Last year was good but this year was even better,” he said.
The medal tally included nine gold, 20 silver and 47 bronze — a total of 76 medals.
“Of the three major varietal classes (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz), 52% of the chardonnay class received medals — an incredibly high statistic in any wine show,” Hook said.
“Similarly, in the Pinot Noir class, 47% received medals – a very good result, well above average.
“The Shiraz class had the largest number of entries of which 40% received medals – a pretty good result and about average compared to around the country.
“The wines are elegant, balanced and very good drinking wines.
Hook pointed out the top three wines tasted in the varietal entries competing for best wine of the show trophy were all from the vintage 2008.
“Perhaps that is telling us something about the deliciousness of these wines from the ’08 vintage,” he said.
According to Mr Hooke, an outstanding variety was also Pinot Gris, the relatively new grape varietal that has gained serious momentum in the last few years.
“Perhaps this is a variety whose time is really about to come,” he said.
Williams & Jackson trophy best wine of show was awarded to Lethbridge Wines, 2008 Lethbridge Chardonnay.
Lethbridge Wines were also awarded best Shiraz for the 2008 Que Syrah Syrah, while best Pinot Noir was awarded to 2008 Hat Rock Vineyard Pinot Noir.
Visit www.winegeelong.com.au for more information about the show’s results.