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Queensland consistency of results confirmed at the Royal Sydney Wine Show 2007
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Most of the better known wine shows require a minimum quantity of wine, from 900 to 5,000 litres or more, as a condition of entry. Some of the Granite Belt Wineries do produce enough wine to qualify for these shows but many are just too small.
There is a frustration for producers that are awarded the highest medals in Queensland to be asked “but how would you go compared to the rest of Australia?” Most people do not understand that the Queensland Shows are judged the same as the shows elsewhere and that there are some great Queensland wines, particularly from the Granite Belt Region.
The Royal Sydney Wine Show is the largest show in Australia and the entries that win medals are perceived as being of the highest quality wine in Australia. This show does have high minimum quantities for most classes but does have a category that allows entries from single vineyards enabling a small micro winery to test their wines at this level.
In the Single Vineyard Class Lucas Estate’s The Gordon Shiraz 2005 was awarded Silver and the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 was given Bronze. Robert Channon’s 2005 Verdelho achieved a Bronze Medal in Class 26 Dry White Wine. These results confirm that the judging and the wines of Queensland stand up well on the national scale.