From AGM: New Committee of Management


The Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council AGM was held on 22nd November 2017.  Congratulations to new and returning office bears and committee of management. 

Report from Chair

Minutes available on request, contact Ulrich Grey-Smith, Secretary at [email protected]

And the winner is…WOLF BLASS WINES with a four trophy haul!


27th October 2017

And the winner is…WOLF BLASS WINES with a four trophy haul!

The 2015 Wolf Blass Gold Label Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon has won the Bill Redman Trophy for Best Wine of Show at the 2017 Limestone Coast Wine Show. The celebrated drop also collected the David Wynn Trophy for Best Red Wine of Show and the H.R. (Ron) Haselgrove Trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon at last night’s sell-out presentation feast held in Padthaway, with viticulturist Martin Wirper awarded the highly coveted Arthur Hoffmann Trophy for ‘Viticulturist of Best Wine of Show’.

It’s the second time a Wolf Blass Gold Label Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon has taken top honours, with the 2010 vintage dominating the 2012 Limestone Coast Wine Show. Chief of Judges, Jane Faulkner, declared that it “just screamed its region”: “There’s a lot to like with this cabernet sauvignon, from its vibrant fruit profile to its detailed tannins and above all, freshness,” she said.

The 2017 show unearthed the broadest and most comprehensive list of trophy winners in the event’s 17-year history, with all 22 trophy categories awarded and all regions within the Limestone Coast represented. The 2017 Ottelia Mount Gambier Riesling won the Colin Kidd Trophy for Best White of Show, and the Karl Seppelt Trophy for Best White (excluding Chardonnay). Wrattonbully’s Malone Wines also celebrated a trophy double, with the 2014 Malone Cabernet Sauvignon named Best Individual Vineyard Wine, and the 2009 vintage collecting the Ewen Fergusson McBain Trophy for Best Museum Wine. Leconfield Wines’ double trophy haul featured the 2016 Leconfield Coonawarra Petit Verdot (Small Batch and Experimental Award) and the 2016 Leconfield Cabernet Franc (Best Alternative Red Varietal). “This wine is a knockout – it’s delicious – and it’s a really lovely modern example of a variety that has been around for a while,” said Jane Faulkner.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Judges’ Wine to Watch was the 2016 Wangolina Lagrein made from grapes grown near Bordertown: “I was rapt that someone is making this Northern Italian variety; in the glass it has the most insane colour, so obviously you get a bit seduced by this,” Jane Faulkner said. “It’s a very cool wine and I love the fact that someone is going out there and having a crack at it.”

Guest UK Judge, Sarah Ahmed, was also asked to select her favourite wine out of the 496 entries, with the 2017 International Judges Award going to the 2017 Lost Ram Syrah by Robe’s Karatta Wine Co: “This is a really aromatic, juicy, smashable wine with lovely complexity – it’s not out of the box or necessarily what you would expect, and it was a lovely surprise,” she said.

Coastal producers had a strong showing in this year’s awards, with the 2016 Norfolk Rise Vineyard Shiraz winning the Eric Brand Trophy for Best Shiraz and the 2015 Woodsoak Wines Blanc de Noirs named Best Sparkling Wine.

The Red Wine of Provenance Trophy, which provides a platform for exhibitors to enter three vintages of the same wine, was won by Coonawarra’s Redman Wines, with Redman Cabernet Sauvignon from 2014, 2009 and 2000 declared stand-outs. The White Wine of Provenance Trophy went to The Ladbroke Grove Wines Schoolhouse Riesling (2016, 2010 and 2005 vintages).

Rounding out the trophy winners, the 2016 Brands Blockers Chardonnay was named Best Chardonnay, the 2016 Majella Merlot won the Peter Wehl Trophy for Best Merlot, the 2015 Lindemans Coonawarra Pyrus Red was named Best Blended Red, and the 2017 The Cellar Works Rose by Atlas Wines was Best Rose. The trophy for the Best Sweet Wine went to the 2016 Hollick Estates ‘The Nectar’ for the second year in a row, with consecutive vintages.

A total of 306 medals were awarded at this year’s show, including 72 Gold, 92 Silver and 142 Bronze. Wynns Coonawarra Estate was named most successful exhibitor, which awards the winery with the most high scoring wines across the show. All entries will be uncorked and available for tasting at the Coonawarra Hall this morning (Friday October 27), offering members of the public an opportunity to try the wines and compare notes with the judges. The Exhibitor’s Tasting will be held from 9:00am, and the Public Tasting from 11.30am – 1.30pm ($15 admission including results book).

Adrian Gale’s digital images of trophy winners and dinner guests are available here:

Video interviews with selected trophy winners will also be available late today.

For further information, please contact Gretel Sneath on 0417 382 035.




19th September 2017


Entries for the 2017 Limestone Coast Wine show have fallen just five bottles short of a new record. A total of 497 of the region’s favourite wines have been nominated for the October 23-26 event, with organisers toasting the industry’s continued support

Cabernet has maintained its tradition as the most popular wine entered in the show with more than 140 nominations, and red varieties account for 70 per cent of overall entries. Rose numbers are up, and fizz has also made a comeback, with a sharp swing in sparkling wine submissions. ‘Other Red Varieties’ is another category on the rise, showcasing the region’s smaller experimental plantings of lesser-known varieties like Montepulciano, Tempranillo and Malbec.

The Provenance classes, meanwhile, have maintained their strong following after first being introduced in 2016. Established labels are asked to submit three vintages of the same wine to be judged for consistency of style and quality over time, providing a medium to long-term reflection of the growth and development of Limestone Coast wines.

“Provenance classes have become a popular addition to wine shows in recent years, and nowhere else does such a class make sense more than the Limestone Coast, where ageability of our reds already has such a strong reputation,” says the wine show committee’s Sarah Pidgeon.

Judging for the 17th annual event will again take place over three days at the Coonawarra Hall, and tickets for the October 26 trophy presentation feast are now on sale. The dinner is always incredibly popular and sells out early, with this year’s soiree set to be hosted by the Padthaway Wine Region.

“A marquee will be erected on the lawns of Henry’s Drive Cellar Door, and local catering firm St Bee’s will prepare a feast for 120 guests,” says dinner MC, Krysteen McElroy. “The evening will have a strong community flavour, with the menu and décor highlighting the region’s vibrancy and diversity.”

Speakers on the night will include chief of judges, Jane Faulkner, guest international judge Sarah Ahmed from the UK, and back-to-back winner of the Viticulturist of the Year trophy, Peter Balnaves. Tickets are available online at


For further information, please contact Sarah Pidgeon on 0412 825 149.


Snail and Earwig Workshop – 18Sept – bookings open


Snail and Earwig Workshop



14th August 2017


Entries for the 2017 Limestone Coast Wine show close at the end of next week on August 25, 2017. The 17th annual event promises to be another great showcase of the regions, with early signs of high entry numbers on the back of a strong vintage.

Chief of judges, Jane Faulkner, will be joined by an exciting new expert line-up in her final year at the helm. Brown Brothers winemaking consultant, Wendy Cameron MW, has been appointed chair of the new-look panel, which also includes Margaret River winemaker and Jimmy Watson Award-winner Julian Langworthy, 2016 Australian Women in Wine Awards Winemaker of the Year Emma Norbiato from the Riverina, and sommelier and manager of Melbourne’s City Wine Shop Jeremy Prideaux. In addition, UK-based freelance wine writer and educator Sarah Ahmed has accepted the invitation to be guest international judge, bringing her comprehensive knowledge of Portugese and Australian wines to this region.

“That’s five new palates offering new perspectives on Limestone Coast wines – it’s a really strong team, and entrants can look forward to great diversity of opinions and ultimately some really valuable feedback on their wines,” says the wine show committee’s Sarah Pidgeon.

In other exciting developments for this year’s show, the Provenance Class introduced in 2016 has been expanded to include separate awards for red and white varieties. The class gives exhibitors the opportunity to showcase the remarkable ageability of their wines by entering three vintages of the same wine to be judged for consistency, excellence of style, and pedigree.

“We had such strong support and quality in this class last year that we could see the benefit of awarding both a red and white provenance winner,” Sarah Pidgeon explains. “We’ve also made some changes to entry conditions for this class in order to make sure more people have the opportunity to enter – there will be one entry fee for the three vintages entered with two bottles only required for this class, and any unused bottles of the older vintages will be returned to the exhibitor at the public tasting on Friday 27th October.”

This year’s event will also see separate trophies awarded to a sweet and sparkling wine due to strong recent showings in both categories, bringing the total number of trophies and awards available to 22. Judging will take place at the Coonawarra Hall from Monday 23rd – Thursday 26th October, with the Padthaway Wine Region set to host the October 26 trophy presentation dinner.

For further information, please contact Sarah Pidgeon on 0412 825 149.


Sarah Ahmed

Vintage Report 2017


2017 Vintage Report

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


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 :

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

Limestone Coast Wine Show unearths Hot 76 Summer Sips



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

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