Vintage Report 2017

08/06/2017

2017 Vintage Report

Response to Hon.Tom Koutsantonis Announcement

22/03/2017

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Before the main event – vintage 2017 – come and participate in a field walk/seminar

14/03/2017

Before the main event – vintage 2017 – come and participate in a field walk/seminar 

Wednesday March 22, will be a half day where grape growers can mingle amongst Coonawarra Cabernet vines assessing rootstocks as well as learning about the latest research on Eutypa and participate in the launch of a best management practice guide for iron bacteria.

Commencing at 8am at the Coonawarra Hall, participants will be ferried to the Coonawarra Cabernet Rootstock trial to listen to Suzanne McLoughlin from Vine Health Australia present the latest data from the trial which commenced in 2009/10. Growers will be able to physically see the rootstocks and developing fruit and be able to determine how they perform on a commercial basis. 

Following on from morning tea back at the Coonawarra Hall, Mark Sosnowski (South Australian Research Development Institute) will present on a newly funded project titled: Grapevine trunk disease management for vineyard longevity in diverse climates of Australia. This project commenced in January 2017 and has a co-investment from the LSCGWC to ensure the region continues to be at the forefront of Eutypa research and management.

The final presenter of the day will be Glenn Harrington (Innovative Ground Water solutions) who will introduce the results of the Irrigating from the unconfined aquifer survey (undertaken in August/Sept 2016). Additionally Glenn will launch the  best management practice guide which stemmed from the survey as a tool to assist farmers in the LSC understand how to manage the unique qualities of the irrigation water sourced from the unconfined aquifer. This includes iron bacteria, salinity and high levels of calcium and magnesium.

Bought to you by the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council as part of the Regional program of Wine Australia. Other partners include Coonawarra Vignerons, Vine Health Australia and SENRM.

To register : http://limestonecoastwine.com.au/whats-on/field-day-coonawarra/

Further information: Kerry DeGaris (0417) 408 796 or Cath Kidman (0439) 352 143

Limestone Coast Wine Show unearths Hot 76 Summer Sips

08/12/2016

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Monday 5th DECEMBER 2016

Limestone Coast Wine Show unearths Hot 76 Summer Sips

South Australia’s Limestone Coast has released a new list of summer sips to satisfy all wine lovers this festive season. The ‘Hot 76’ List showcases the record 76 gold medal winners at October’s Limestone Coast Wine Show judged in Coonawarra.

“This year’s figure well and truly eclipsed the previous all-time high of 61 set in 2015, so we think this is something to celebrate,” says the Limestone Coast Wine Show committee’s Sarah Pidgeon. “These are the Limestone Coast region’s best of the best as judged by some of Australia’s most prominent wine critics, so it will certainly be worth stocking your cellar with some of these terrific wines while they are still available.”

The HOT 76 List features nearly 20 different wine styles highlighting the diversity of the Limestone Coast’s seven wine regions.

“The fact that we have gold medals representing such a large variety of wines and vineyards reflects the Limestone Coast’s varied strengths and exciting terroir,” Sarah says.

The list is the must-have menu for Christmas hosts, with wines divided into a range of categories depending on the occasion. Festive Fizz will get the mood rolling, followed by a mouth-watering selection of Crisp Whites, Fragrant Shiraz, Succulent Red Blends and Sweet Treats starting from as low as $9 dollars a bottle.

“A majority of the medal winners – including the overall trophy winners – retail between the $15 – $40 dollar mark which is exceptional value when you consider that they have been voted the region’s best,” Sarah says.

In keeping with tradition, Cabernet Sauvignon was the most heavily awarded wine style at this year’s show, collecting 30 gold medals. The wine category features several ‘top shelf’ wines retailing for up to $200, but the great buys begin at $15 a bottle.

“The List’s ‘Aged to Perfection’ museum wines dating back as far as 2004 are also well worth considering for special occasions such as Christmas dinner or New Year’s Eve as they not only taste superb, but really highlight the ageability of Limestone Coast Cabernet and Shiraz,” Sarah says.

The full HOT 76 List is HERE. For images from the 2016 Limestone Coast Wine Show (by photographer Marcus Jones) please click here. For further information, please contact Sarah Pidgeon, LCWS Committee, on Mob. 0412 825 149 or visit limestonecoastwine.com.au

Response to findings in Unconventional Gas Inquiry December 2016

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Wrattonbully’s Pepper Tree wins Limestone Coast Wine Show – again!

31/10/2016

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Friday 28th OCTOBER 2016

Wrattonbully’s Pepper Tree wins Limestone Coast Wine Show – again!

Pepper Tree Wines has dominated the Limestone Coast Wine Show for the second year in a row. The 2013 Pepper Tree ‘Elderslee Road’ Single Vineyard Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon won the David Wynn Trophy for ‘Best Red Wine of Show’, the H.R. (Ron) Haselgrove O.B.E. Trophy for ‘Best Cabernet Sauvignon of Show’ and was also named the ‘Best Individual Vineyard Wine’ at last night’s VINE | STONE | COAST presentation feast hosted by the Robe and Mount Benson wine regions. The wine then went on to claim the Bill Redman Trophy for ‘Best Wine of Show’, with viticulturist Peter Balnaves claiming the highly coveted Arthur Hoffmann Trophy and back-to-back titles as ‘Viticulturist of Best Wine of Show’.

“Unless you’ve got good grapes and people that are interested in growing good grapes, it’s hard to get the wine over the line, so thanks very much,” Mr Balnaves told the crowd.

Balnaves of Coonawarra manages Pepper Tree Wines’ Limestone Coast vineyards, and the Balnaves family’s own winning streak continued when they claimed another ‘Best Chardonnay’ Trophy for the 2015 Balnaves Chardonnay. The wine was also awarded the Colin Kidd Trophy for ‘Best White Wine of Show’.

Leconfield Coonawarra secured a triple trophy haul, winning ‘Most Successful Exhibitor’ along with the ‘Small Batch and Experimental Wines’ trophy for the 2015 Leconfield Petit Verdot, and the Peter Wehl Trophy for ‘Best Merlot’ for the 2015 Leconfield Merlot.

A new ‘Wine of Provenance’ Trophy was added to this year’s prize pool, providing a platform for exhibitors to enter three vintages of the same wine, and Majella Cabernet from 2014, 2009 and 2004 was declared the stand-out.

“The region is just made for this type of class – it’s about heritage, it’s about lineage, and while it was really exciting to see that depth and breadth with five whites and eight reds in contention, it was not surprising that Cabernet dominated,” said Chief of Judges Jane Faulkner.

The accolades continued for the family-owned Majella Wines, with the 2005 Majella Cabernet collecting the Ewen Fergusson McBain Trophy for ‘Best Museum Wine’, and the 2014 Majella Shiraz taking out the
International Judges’ Award.

“It was the most vibrant, juicy, drinkable wine – maybe not the most complex wine in the show, but it was just super delicious,” said guest judge, Jane Skilton MW, from New Zealand.

The 2016 Tidswell Wines Heathfield Vermentino took out the new ‘Chief of Judges Wine to Watch’ Trophy.

“I loved that wine – it was varietal, it was zesty and bright with crunchy acidity and sea spray salty characters, and it just shows you that there is opportunity for other varieties to fit into this region,” Jane Faulkner said.

Rounding out the trophy winners for the Limestone Coast Wine Show’s 16th annual event, The Karl Seppelt Trophy for ‘Best Aromatic White Wine (excluding Chardonnay)’ was awarded to the 2016 Cellarmasters Lysander Limestone Coast Sauvignon Blanc, while the 2015 Hollick Wines The Nectar won ‘Best Sparkling or Sweet Wine’. The 2015 Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Shiraz Merlot collected the ‘Best Blended Red’ trophy, while the 2014 Limestone Coast Wines ‘The Hidden Sea’ Shiraz won the Eric Brand Trophy for Best Shiraz.

The 2016 wine show saw a record medal haul, with a total of 76 gold medals eclipsing the previous record of 61 set in 2015. A further 102 silver and 130 bronze medals were also awarded from the 501 entries received.

Entries in this year’s show will be uncorked and available for tasting at the Coonawarra Hall this morning (Friday October 28), offering members of the public an opportunity to try the wines and compare notes with the expert judging panel. The Exhibitor’s Tasting will be held from 9:00am, and the Public Tasting from 11.30am – 1.30pm ($15 admission including results book).

Editors: Please phone Sarah Pidgeon from the Limestone Coast Wine Show Committee on 0412 825 149 to arrange interviews with the winners. Video interviews with selected winners and judges will also be uploaded onto www.limestonecoastwine.com.au and the Limestone Coast Wine Show Facebook page.

The full list of trophy winners is attached. Images of trophy winners and social photos supplied by Marcus Jones are available by contacting publicity assistant Gretel Sneath – 0417382035 / gretel@gretelsneath.com

Limestone Coast Wine Show on next week

20/10/2016

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19th OCTOBER 2016

Limestone Coast Wine Show on next week

Guest international judge, Jane Skilton MW, arrives in the Limestone Coast on Thursday ahead of next week’s Limestone Coast Wine Show. The leading New Zealand wine educator and writer will tour Coonawarra, Padthaway and Wrattonbully in the lead-up to the 16th annual event, with four days of judging set to get underway at Coonawarra Hall on Monday.

Jane Skilton MW is a regular senior judge at the Royal Easter Wine Show, the NZ International Wine Show, the Spiegelau International Wine Competition, and the Hawkes Bay Wine Awards. She has also judged in London, Tokyo, Brisbane, Rutherglen and Shanghai, and says she is looking forward to her first year of involvement in the Limestone Coast Wine Show.

“I really love judging regional shows; it gives an excellent overview of a region, the vintages, winemakers – much more than giant national shows,” Jane says. “I’m looking forward to seeing how the region is preserving its heritage and sense of place, but also meeting the challenges of competition from more ‘in vogue’ wine styles like pinot noir, for example.”

Distancing herself from what she describes as New Zealand’s “Pinocentric” view, Jane lists sparkling wine, chardonnay in all of its forms (especially chablis), Rutherglen muscat/tokay and cabernet sauvignon among her favourite wine styles.

“When I told (fellow NZ judge) Michael Brajkovich I was judging, he said ‘Coonawarra is the most under-rated red wine area in Australia’ which is high praise indeed,” she reveals.

Jane began her wine career in London and moved to New Zealand in 2000, where she founded the NZ School of Wines and Spirits.

“I teach the Wine and Spirit Education Trust qualifications and general wine courses to trade and consumers pretty much full time, so I explain to the students where the Limestone Coast is and the fact that it is a heritage region,” she says.  “I’ve been a couple of times but have never actually seen the coast itself.”

Next Thursday evening (27 October), the coastal Robe and Mount Benson wine regions will host the wine show’s sell-out trophy presentation dinner on the Robe foreshore in a clear-sided marquee overlooking Guichen Bay, complete with vine chandeliers, locally carved limestone bowls, and festoon lighting. Jane Skilton will select her favourite wine from amongst the entries for the highly coveted International Judges Award, while a brand new Wine of Provenance Trophy and a new Chief of Judges ‘Wine to Watch’ will be among other prestigious awards up for grabs during the seafood-themed feast.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Judging 24-27th October at the Coonawarra Hall

Trophy dinner 27th October on Robe Foreshore

Exhibitors & Public Tasting Friday 28th October at Coonawarra Hall 9am-1:30pm

Image att: Guest international judge Jane Skilton MW.

For further information, please contact Sarah Pidgeon, LCWS Committee, on Mob. 0412 825 149 or visit limestonecoastwine.com.au

Wednesday 19th October AGM and forum at Struan House

06/09/2016

Notice is hereby given the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the Limestone Coast Grape & Wine Council Incorporated will be held at Struan House on Wednesday 19 October at 1.30pm.

The AGM will be preceded by an information day forum/seminar starting at 9.30am.  Open to all & includes lunch.

Agenda and Program soon.

 

Entry deadline extended for new-look Limestone Coast Wine Show

19/08/2016

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18th AUGUST 2016

The Limestone Coast Wine Show trophy dinner will be a coastal extravaganza showcasing the region’s prestige food and wine. Tickets are now selling online at limestonecoastwine.com.au for the October 27 feast being held on the Robe foreshore overlooking Guichen Bay – and they’re expected to sell fast! The theme for the 16th annual event is VINE | STONE | COAST – a rhyming nod to the Limestone Coast, which is home to the seven different wine regions involved in the judging process.

“Our theme is representative of the vines, but also the unique terroir in our pocket of the world, with the maritime influence shaping both our wine styles and our menu for the evening,” explains Peta Baverstock from the show’s dinner sub-committee.

An exciting selection of past trophy and medal winners – including a stunning 12-year-old Black Wattle Cabernet featuring fruit from Robe and Mount Benson – will be uncorked during dinner for the ultimate food-wine pairing. “The seafood-themed menu has been developed by award-winning Sails chef Adam Brooks, and we’re also aiming for lots of visual impact; an earthy yet contemporary feel, with a clear-sided marquee overlooking the ocean complete with vine chandeliers, locally carved limestone bowls, and festoon lighting,” Peta says.

Arthur Hoffman trophy winner, Pete Balnaves, who was the viticulturist behind last year’s ‘Best Wine of Show’ (Pepper Tree Wines’ 2013 Pepper Tree ‘Block 21A’ Single Vineyard Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon) will discuss his pending trip to Bordeaux at the dinner. Pete will attend the Vinitech-Sifel trade expo in late November as part of his 2015 Wine Show prize, and says he is looking forward to investigating the latest vineyard machinery and technology from around the world.

“I principally want to look at where technology is taking us in terms of robotics and in-field vineyard sensing so that we can get non-destructive maturity data much more efficiently,” he explains. “We have done a lot of research with our existing fruit blocks trying to establish the particular combinations of soil, water, pruning and cloning that are working well, and investigating how we can bring any secondary blocks up to that standard so as to increase quality across the board, so it will be great to see what’s out there to further enhance this progress.”

Producers of Limestone Coast wines have an additional week to get their online entries submitted for this year’s show, with the deadline extended to 26th August, 2016. Wine Show Committee member, Sarah Pidgeon, says recent quality vintages and the introduction of a Wine of Provenance Trophy has sparked strong interest in the five-day event which gets underway on 24th October.

“We’ve had many queries about the new trophy, which provides a platform for exhibitors to enter three vintages of the same wine and have them formally judged for consistency, excellence of style, and pedigree,” she says. “We also want to encourage people to consider entering the Small Batch Class, which is the only award open to an unfinished wine; it is open to a lot of experimentation – and it may just unearth the region’s next big thing.”

IMPORTANT DATES: Entries close Fri 26th August (deadline extended)

Judging 24-27th October at the Coonawarra Hall

Trophy dinner 27th October on Robe Foreshore

Exhibitors & Public Tasting Friday 28th October at Coonawarra Hall 9am-1pm

Further info: Sarah Pidgeon, LCWS Committee, on Mob. 0412 825 149 

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Entries open for new-look Limestone Coast Wine Show

02/08/2016

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1st AUGUST 2016

Entries open for new-look Limestone Coast Wine Show

A brand new trophy and additional awards and medals will be up for grabs at South Australia’s Limestone Coast Wine Show, with entries now open for the 16th annual event. The introduction of a Wine of Provenance Trophy is among the significant changes in store for the October show, providing a platform for exhibitors to enter three vintages of the same wine. Wine Show Committee member, Sarah Pidgeon, says the new Provenance Trophy will enable local wine regions to showcase their most famed characteristic. “This area is known for the remarkable ageability of our wines, which makes them both unique and world class, and they can now be formally judged for consistency, excellence of style, and pedigree,” she explains.

The introduction of the Provenance Trophy was recommended by the show’s Chief of Judges, respected Australian wine journalist, Jane Faulkner. “A Provenance class is more than a snapshot; it’s almost a historical take on a region, and I’m really excited about this trophy because if there is one region that will be able to showcase provenance, it’s certainly the Limestone Coast,” Jane explains. “Winemakers will tell you that the ageability of a wine is the holy grail, so to be able to look at wines from when they are young to middle-aged and older and to judge them alongside one another is very exciting, and we’re not just looking forward to seeing the cabernet sauvignon and shiraz but also other varieties like chardonnay and riesling.”

Jane Faulkner will also be handing out a new ‘Chief of Judges Wine to Watch’ Award at this year’s event, and has been working closely with the Committee to review and improve the class structure of the show by grouping wine varieties and styles across vintages. “By tweaking the class structures, we hope to make it fairer for both the exhibitors and the judges as there are a lot of wines to see,” Jane explains.

“We’re also anticipating that the revamped class structure will encourage entries into different categories this year, so we’re really advising exhibitors from each of the seven regions from within the Limestone Coast Wine Zone to visit our website and review the new-look catalogue,” Sarah Pidgeon adds.

There are now 13 trophies and three awards on offer at this year’s show, with leading New Zealand wine educator and writer, Jane Skilton MW, confirmed as this year’s guest International Judge.

“Jane is a regular senior judge at the Royal Easter Wine Show, the NZ International Wine Show, Spiegelau International Wine Competition and the Hawkes Bay Wine Awards, and she has also judged in London, Tokyo, Brisbane, Rutherglen and Shanghai, so we are thrilled to have her on board,” Sarah says.

Last year’s wine show produced a record haul of 61 gold medals, 72 silver and 147 bronze medals, and judging for the 2016 event will again take place at the Coonawarra Hall (October 24-27). Producers have until Friday 19th August to nominate their top drops, and the Robe and Mount Benson wine regions will host the trophy presentation dinner on the Robe foreshore on the 27th October, 2016.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Entries open Monday 1st August

Entries close Fri 19th August

Judging 24-27th October at the Coonawarra Hall

Trophy dinner 27th October on Robe Foreshore

Exhibitors & Public Tasting Friday 28th October at Coonawarra Hall 9am-1:30pm

For images from the 2015 event (by photographer Marcus Jones) please click here. For further information, please contact Sarah Pidgeon, LCWS Committee, on Mob. 0412 825 149 or visit limestonecoastwine.com.au


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