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Hyatt Riesling Challenge on target for record entries

Entries are pouring in from all over the world for the 2006 Hyatt International Riesling Challenge which will take place in Canberra in October.

With more than a fortnight before entries close, organisers of the Challenge say interest is at an all-time high and there’s every chance of an all time record number of entries this year.

“We are way ahead of where we were at this time last year with 128 entries received already,” said Ken Helm, Chair of the Hyatt International Riesling Challenge.

“The fantastic news is the growing interest in this competition from overseas with 50 entries already received from international winemakers.

“There are now 30 entries with us for the Challenge from Germany. That is almost double the number received from the traditional home of Riesling in 2005.

“We have 14 entries from New Zealand with more coming in almost every day, and for the first time we have a competitor from South Africa, with hopefully more to follow.”

A number of entries have also been received from the USA and France, arriving well before the Friday 11 August closing date for entries.

“Last year we set a new benchmark with 328 entries in the challenge and more than 100 from overseas,” Mr Helm said.

“We are on target to break that record and we’re bracing ourselves for a late rush.”

Champion Barossa winemaker Louisa Rose from Yalumba will Chair this year’s judging panel, taking over from the legendary Wolf Blass.

The 2006 Hyatt International Riesling Challenge will take place at Canberra’s Hyatt Hotel from 11–14 October. For more information contact Ken Helm on 0418 619 186.

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