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Rows of gleaming Riedel glasses with sample quantities of fine red and white wine greeted the wine show judges at the 26th Victorian Wine Show at Broadford, Victoria last week.
Chairman and wine judges gathered around the tasting table pushing and pulling the glasses in a final taste-off for a closely fought battle of 2005 Chardonnay’s, the last group of top wines defining the fine line of two styles, one “Chablis” and the other ”White Burgundy”, just a hairs breadth between them. Who ever uttered the words ABC, “anything but chardonnay” how inappropriate this has proved with absolute quality like this.
Other whites stood out, a stunning Viognier highlight and the reds, well; Shiraz in Victoria grown in a wide range of climates and diverse aspects is an absolute standout wine style. One judge in the company of the Chairman of Judges after adjudicating a large Shiraz class exclaimed-“that they were a “Festival of Spice” those in earshot nodded in agreement. A feature of the Shiraz class other than regionality was in style and in some the judicious addition of Viognier that has bought great success in previous years.
At the Awards Dinner held at Mitchelton Winery on Friday evening 27 October attended by Chairman of Judges winemaker and international consultant Ian McKenzie. Pauline Davis the wine shows Director, winemakers and winelovers the winning wines where unveiled, that not only revealed a view of fine wine in Victoria but some outstanding examples of wine styles.
Ian McKenzie said prior to the dinner while summing up the show and extolling the virtues of a super industry with his judges and stewards that, “the stewards where exemplary in preparing the wines for the judges, the stewards are a most important part of the leaning process in the wine show system”
The Colin Richardson Trophy for the most successful exhibitor was won Morris Wines.
A record entry of wines were received with many wines coming from new wineries. The amateur class is a training ground for future winemakers and many have gone on to achieve national acclaim. One of the entries this year came from the Broadford Secondary School that has planted a new vineyard for the training of students in viticulture and winemaking.
The 2006 trophies
Nu-Farm Australia Pty Ltd Vineyard of the Year — Marwal Vineyard The Good Food & Wine Show Museum Trophy — Mount Langi Ghiran 2000 Riesling
Colin J. Richardson Memorial Trophy Most Successful Exhibitor Open Classes — Morris Wines
Australia Post Best Sparkling Wine in Show — Yering Station Yarra Bank Late Disgorged 1998
Escor Packaging Pty Ltd Best Sweet White Table Wine — No Award Made
Plasdene- Glass Pak Pty Ltd Best Non Wood Matured Table Wine-White — Mount Langi Ghiran Riesling 2006
Lallemand Australia Pty Ltd Best Wood Matured Table Wine–White — B Seppelt & Son Jaluka Chardonnay 2005
Air Liquide Australia Ltd Best Table Wine-White — Mount Langi Ghiran Riesling 2006
Wickett Insurance Broking Best Pinot Noir — Paringa Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2005
Grape Expectations Best Varietal or Blended Table Wine Red — Oakridge Cabernet Merlot 2004
Shiraz Club of Victoria Best Shiraz — Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz 2005
Alliance Wine Services Best Cabernet Sauvignon — Yering Station Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Fine Wines & Spirits Best Table Wine –Red — Mount Langi Ghiran Shiraz 2005
Winemakers of Rutherglen Best Fortified Dessert Wine — Morris Wines Old Premium Tokay
African Artworks Best Amateur Grape Wine White — Domonic Perri
Seymour A.&P. Society Inc. Best Amateur Grape Wine Red — Andre’ Piotrowszk & John Luppino
Directors Trophy Best Non Grape Wine Excludes Fortified — Bruce Hawksworth
Mitchell Shire “MAC” Stewart Memorial Trophy Most Successful Exhibitor Amateur Classes — Andre’ Piotrowszk & John Luppino