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30th Barossa Wine Show Success
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Marking its third decade, the 2006 Barossa Show held its presentation dinner on Thursday, 21 September in the Yalumba Upper Cask Hall.
“This Show marks a significant milestone,” said David O’Leary, chairman of the Judging Panel. “Regional shows are the lifeblood of the wine industry and the Barossa holds one of the oldest in Australia.
“The regional shows are a terrific format for discussing styles and are a great learning vehicle, especially for small producers,” David noted. “The great Len Evans used the mantra ‘Improve the Breed’ and through regional wine shows, that’s exactly what we are doing. I believe these shows have given Australia a great advantage and have been a huge contribution to our success on the world stage.”
Commenting on the quality of this year’s entries, David remarked, “It was a very strong show and I was impressed with the strengths right across the board.
“The 2005 Rieslings all were fantastic which shows how strong the vintage was. There were terrific varietal characters in the Cabernets, with the 2004 and 2002 particularly outstanding.
“Shiraz showed its lustre here too, as is indicated by the Wolf Blass 2004 Platinum Label Shiraz taking both the Rod Schubert Trophy (Most Outstanding Red Wine of the Show) and the Malaysia Airlines Trophy (Most Outstanding Barossa Wine of the Show).
“Of particular importance was the amount of small producers winning awards, with Fernfield Wines, Sieber Wines and Charles Cimicky all being awarded trophies this year. That’s a great barometer of the region.”
Stephen Obst, chairman of the Barossa Wine Show Committee noted, “We attracted a record amount of entries this year. The Show ran so smoothly because of the expertise of the organizing Committee, all of whom have years of experience.”
David O’Leary agrees. He’s been judging regional shows since 1987 and considers the Barossa Wine Show the most well-run regional show in Australia. “The organizing committee is its strength. With winemakers of the caliber of Andrew Wigan and James Godfrey celebrating 25 years on the committee, there’s a commitment to quality that is undeniable.”