Record exhibitors for next week’s Limestone Coast Wine Show



21st October 2015

Record exhibitors for next week’s Limestone Coast Wine Show

A record number of wine producers have entered next week’s 15th annual Limestone Coast Wine Show, with 87 different exhibitors nominating 443 of their top drops for close scrutiny. The Show Committee’s Sarah Pidgeon says the figure is 10 per cent higher than last year. “This is the most exhibitors the wine show has had and reflects some pleasing interest in the event from newer winemakers around the regions, as well as strong entries from long-time supporters of the show,” she says.

All wines entered have been crafted with grapes grown in the Limestone Coast, which boasts a prestigious international reputation for Cabernet in particular. “Around three quarters of the entries are for red wine classes, with the two-year-old reds once again attracting the most confidence,” Sarah says. “The 2013 vintage was a strong one, and the judges should look forward to some terrific wines in those classes, while the Museum Red Class (showcasing wines that are seven-years-old or older) has also attracted a lot of interest – many local wineries take pride in showcasing these precious older wines within this class and recognise that this is a highlight for the visiting judges.”

One of Australia’s most respected wine journalists, Jane Faulkner, is the new Chief of Judges. She will be joined on the panel by winemakers Steph Dutton (Penfolds), David Morris (Morris Wines, Rutherglen) and Stuart Watson (Woodlands, Margaret River), and sommelier Patrick White. Leading Singapore consultant Lim Hwee Peng, CSW, FWS, will bring a global perspective to the event as this year’s guest International Judge. Hwee Peng is scheduled to fly to Mount Gambier this Friday (October 23) and will spend three days touring Coonawarra, Robe and Mount Benson before judging begins at the Coonawarra Hall on Monday October 26.

The trophy winners will be determined on Thursday October 29 ahead of that evening’s Trophy Presentation dinner hosted by the Mount Gambier Wine Region at The Barn. The dinner will also feature a special presentation from the back-to-back winner of the Arthur Hoffman Trophy for ‘Viticulturist of Best Wine of Show’, Trent Brand.

“I was fortunate to tour New Zealand in July as part of my prize, visiting Hawkes Bay on the North Island and then the Marlborough region and Central Otago on the South Island to look at their grape production methods and different use of machinery, to see what may be useful for us here,” Trent explains. “Some of their sustainability efforts are really fascinating, including one winery which is baling up canes from their vines to fuel a boiler to help heat their premises.”

Trent Brand won the top award on the back of the stunning success of Brand’s Laira’s Coonawarra One Seven One Cabernet Sauvignon, which has dominated the Limestone Coast Wine Show for the past two years. Last year’s Chairman of judges, Andrew Wigan, said the 2012 vintage “did a demolition job on every other wine in the show” when it collected four trophies, with the winery hinging its hopes on the 2013 vintage for next week’s event.

“It’s still a very good wine, but it depends on what the competition is like,” Trent smiles.

IMPORTANT DATES: Judging 26-29th October at the Coonawarra Hall

Trophy Dinner 29th October at The Barn.

Exhibitors Tasting 30th October at Coonawarra Hall 9:30am (Public tasting is from 11.30am – 1.30pm – $15 admission including results book.)

Images att: 2013 and 2014 Arthur Hoffmann trophy winner Trent Brand visiting a Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in Hawks Bay, New Zealand, and a Sauvignon Blanc vineyard at Yealand Estate, Marlborough. Further information: Sarah Pidgeon, LCWS Committee, on 0412 825 149 or visit

Register you Interest in the Alternate Varieties Case Study


The aim of the new “potential alternative grape varieties for the LSC” regional project is to assist Limestone Coast growers that are interested in alternative varieties with their planting and grafting decisions.  

Starting with Padthaway and Mt Benson/Robe in 2015/2016, the project will involve the production of an up to date reference document to support the decision making around selecting potential alternative varieties for the Limestone Coast wine regions.

 If you are interested in this topic and wish to have some input can you please complete the 5 minute survey by 30 November 2015.

Will you be going for GOLD in 2015?



26th JULY 2015

LCWS: Will you be going for Gold in 2015?

The finest wines from across South Australia’s Limestone Coast will soon be put to the ultimate test, with entries for the prestigious 15th annual Limestone Coast Wine Show officially opening on Tuesday. Producers from Padthaway to Mount Benson and Mount Gambier have until August 21, 2015 to nominate their top drops for judging in late October at the Coonawarra Hall.

Jane Faulkner is the new chairman of this year’s expert panel, replacing Andrew Wigan who spent three years at the helm. One of Australia’s most respected wine journalists, Jane has been a popular member of the judging panel for the past two years, and says she is thrilled to be returning to the Limestone Coast Wine Show as its chief of judges:

“Regional shows are the very heart and soul of any Australian wine community, and it’s a real privilege to be a part of that if for a few days,” she says. “There is no better way to get a snapshot of a diverse area and its wines than at a regional show;  the flow on effect is a deeper appreciation of those wines, how they were made, the vintage conditions and often, hearing the stories of the people behind them.

“There’s no doubt the LCWS is one of the best and most rewarding. I look forward to all it has to offer, which includes some of the most wonderful hospitality, especially the food and wine.”

This year’s event will also feature a new International Judge, with leading Singapore consultant Mr Lim Hwee Peng, CSW, FWS accepting the invitation to attend. A highly experienced, multi-certified Wine Specialist, Hwee Peng’s international judging experience includes The Michelangelo International Wine Awards, VERITAS in South Africa, Vinitaly, The Royal Melbourne Wine Show, McLaren Vale Wine Show, Margaret River Wine Show, Adelaide Review Hot 100 and Royal Hobart Wine Show.

“Having the privilege to be part of this year’s Limestone Coast Wine Show, and with the eminent wine judges involved, I am excitedly looking forward to an enlightening experience,” he says. “I will also be bringing my unique market perspectives of both Singapore and regional markets to share with the community of wine professionals in the Limestone Coast.”

The Wine Show Committee’s Sarah Pidgeon is confident that this year’s event will eclipse last year’s incredible haul of 43 gold medals, 58 silver and 146 bronze medals.

“A total of 418 entries were received from 86 exhibitors for the 2014 Limestone Coast Wine Show, and 59 per cent of them won a medal – a very high number that speaks volumes for the quality of wines that are coming out of the region,” she says. “And the fact so many of last year’s winners were spread right around the Limestone Coast gives a lot of credibility to this area as a whole; great wines are being discovered in all of our regions, which is really exciting.”


Entries open Tuesday 28th July enter on-line

Entries close Fri 21st August

Judging 26-29th October at the Coonawarra Hall

Trophy dinner 29th October in Mt Gambier (Venue TBC) more info

Exhibitors Tasting 30th October at Coonawarra Hall 9am-1pm

Image att: Guest international judge Mr Lim Hwee Peng. For further information, please contact Sarah Pidgeon, LCWS Committee, on Mob. 0412 825 149 or visit

Shiraz Tutored Tasting


Next in the series of Limestone Coast Tutored tastings is SHIRAZ.

Next Wednesday, 24th June at 1pm at Wynns JR Room, Coonawarra.

Book in now.

2014 Trophy Winners


BILL REDMAN TROPHY FOR BEST WINE IN SHOW – 2012 Brands Laira Coonawarra 171 Cabernet Sauvignon


DAVID WYNN TROPHY FOR BEST RED – 2012 Brands Laira Coonawarra 171 Cabernet Sauvignon

COLIN KIDD TROPHY FOR BEST WHITE – 2014 DiGiorgio Family Wines Kongorong Riesling

KARL SEPPELT FOR BEST WHITE (excl CHARD) – 2014 DiGiorgio Family Wines Kongorong Riesling

BEST CHARDONNAY – 2013 Balnaves Chardonnay

BEST BLENDED RED – 2012 Wolf Blass White Label Shiraz Cabernet

BEST OTHER SINGLE RED VARIETY – 2012 Pepper Tree Wines ’14 Shores’ Single Vineyard Wrattonbully Merlot

RON HASELGROVE TROPHY FOR BEST CABERNET – 2012 Brands Laira Coonawarra 171 Cabernet Sauvignon

BEST INDIVIDUAL VINEYARD WINE – 2010 Wynns Coonawarra Estate “Alex88” single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon


BEST SPARKLING OF SWEET WHITE WINE – 2012 Yalumba FSW8B Wrattonbully Botrytis Viognier


INTERNATIONAL JUDGES AWARD – 2010 Majella Sparkling Shiraz



Limestone Coast Wine Show winners announced tomorrow


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29th October 2014

Gold medals are guaranteed for the 2014 Limestone Coast Wine Show when the results are revealed tomorrow night in Coonawarra. A judging line-up featuring Beijing wine educator Fongyee Walker, winemakers Stuart Watson (Woodlands Wines, WA) and David Morris (Morris Wines, Rutherglen), wine writer Jane Faulkner, and Sydney sommelier Patrick White have spent this week examining 418 of the region’s most prized drops. Chairman of judges, Andrew Wigan, says they have been highly impressed.

“My panel did the big 2012 Cabernet class on Tuesday and Jane Faulkner’s did the Shiraz class. They are two of the major classes of the show and the standard right across the board was very high,” he said. “The 2012 vintage was very good and the expectations of the judges were high and we weren’t disappointed; we saw some terrific examples of wines from that vintage.”

Yesterday also saw the judging of the 2013 Chardonnay class, and Mr Wigan confirmed that at least one gold medallist is among them. “It was a wine that showed a lot of complexity”, he said. “There has also been a couple of Sauvignon Blanc golds awarded and they were terrific, and a couple of Riesling golds, and this is probably all a reflection of the fact that the 2014, 2013 and 2012 vintages have all been very good quality, and we are starting to see the results on the judging table.”

The final classes will be judged this afternoon (Wednesday), with Thursday morning set aside to allocate the trophies. The winners will be announced at tomorrow night’s sell-out Limestone Coast Wine Show Trophy Presentation Feast being held at the historic Katnook Woolshed. 2013 Arthur Hoffman Trophy winner, Trent Brand, will be a guest speaker at the dinner, which will be matched with previous wine show trophy winners in a festive finale to the intense judging process.

“We are thrilled with the way this week has unfolded and would like to thank the band of volunteers who are working behind the scenes to make everything happen, not to mention the record 86 exhibitors who have willingly presented their wines for such close scrutiny,” says the wine show committee’s Sarah Pidgeon. “As a wine community, there is much to learn from comparing the results of our endeavours and collaboratively celebrating our success.”

This year’s Wine Show medal winners will be available for public tasting on Friday October 31st at the Coonawarra Hall from 11.30am – 1.30pm ($15 admission including results book).

Editors: For further information or interviews, please phone Sarah Pidgeon on 0412 825 149.

Attached image caption: Chair Andrew Wigan assessing this year’s entries; Judging is underway inside the Coonawarra Hall.

2014 Limestone Coast Wine Show on next week!

                    MEDIA RELEASE 

21st October 2014

Hot on the heels of the weekend’s hugely successful Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations comes the Limestone Coast’s next big wine event – the 14th annual Limestone Coast Wine Show. A total of 418 entries have been received for next week’s show, which is hosted by the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council.

Peter Lehmann Wines chief winemaker Andrew Wigan returns as chair of an exciting expert line-up preparing to scrutinise the region’s top drops. Judging will take place over four days inside the Coonawarra Hall, from October 27-30, and Beijing wine consultant and educator Fongyee Walker will join the panel for her second year as Guest International Judge.

“I am very much looking forward to coming back and seeing particularly the 2012’s that have undergone a bit of maturation,” she said.

Fongyee will arrive in the Limestone Coast this Wednesday in order to experience as many Limestone Coast wine districts as possible in the lead-up to the event, with the Mount Gambier GI among those regions relishing the opportunity to play host.

“As an emerging region we realise that it is imperative to utilise every opportunity to spread the word about Mount Gambier and its capacity to produce quality fruit and wines,” said Mount Gambier Regional Winegrower’s Association president Terry Strickland. “We are looking forward to showing Fongyee the region and providing a context for its cool climate wines.”  

Mount Gambier wines will be among a line-up of exceptional quality entries vying for trophies, with the Wine Show Committee saying that Cabernet and Shiraz varieties are again expected to dominate.

“The 2012 reds in particular are really starting to hit their straps, while the Reserve and Museum reds have also had strong support this year – it’s a real showcase class that certainly reflects the cellaring potential of wines from this area, and it’s always a highlight for the judges because there are so many beautiful gems,” says the Committee’s Sarah Pidgeon.

The panel’s favourite wines will be revealed at a Trophy Presentation Feast at the historic Katnook Woolshed on 30th October, 2014. The dinner menu will be matched with previous Wine Show trophy winners, and while tickets have now sold out, a waiting list is available.

Editors: Digital images of Fongyee Walker and Andrew Wigan are att. for your use.

Interview opportunities can be arranged with Sarah Pidgeon 0412 825 149 or Ulrich Grey Smith 0429 499 355.

Key dates – 2014 Limestone Coast Wine Show:

Judging: 27-30th October 2014, Coonawarra Hall

Presentation Dinner: 30th October 2014, Katnook Woolshed

Exhibitor & Public Tasting: 31st October 2014, Coonawarra Hall.



New technology tested in assessing eutypa impact


As part of the AGWA regional funding program we present a new paper;

Eutypa Impacts: Groundtruth Infrared Technologies


Soil stewards: getting the dirt on viticulture at a grassroots level






Soil stewards: getting the dirt on viticulture at a grassroots level


A select group of representatives from the Limestone Coast wine industry are about to explore exciting new depths within their chosen field as part of a long-term sustainability vision. Four successful applicants of the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council’s (LCGWC) inaugural Soil Stewardship program will embark on the first of three regional study tours this weekend examining soil-related issues within the industry. LCGWC chairman, Brendan Provis, says the soil stewards come from different disciplines and regions across the zone, and will be looking to unearth issues in their own ‘backyard’ before heading further afield.


“Starting in the Coorong, we will be mapping the good and the bad of the Limestone Coast and devising a plan to prioritise and address soil management across the region as a whole,” he says.


Participants will then travel to Margaret River and Perth in Western Australia, Adelaide, the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale and Victoria before the end of July to learn about innovative soil management practices with the potential to benefit the Limestone Coast.


“Our ultimate aim is to devise a long-term soil management strategy for this entire region,” says Mr Provis. “We are hoping to build on recent projects such as the ‘Unearthing Viticulture’ project and devise creative local solutions that value the world famous resources we work with, while also assisting in the development of highly skilled grape and wine industry leaders.”


The project is being co-ordinated by Ben Harris, chair of the LCGWC Technical Committee and vineyard manager of Wynn’s Coonawarra Estate, Bellwether winemaker Sue Bell, and Padthaway grape grower Dr Mardi Longbottom, a senior viticulturist at the Australian Wine Research Institute and recipient of the 2012 Limestone Coast Sustainability Leaders Award.


“The Limestone Coast has a wealth of talent and resources in its people and this program will assist them to take their skills to the next level, building on their capacity and expertise in order to support adaptation and sustainability in the Limestone Coast,” says Dr Longbottom. “It is a fantastic opportunity for the leaders of the region to experience innovation in practice in other regions and industries.”


Melbourne-based advisor in environmental sustainability, Russell Fisher, has been appointed as program facilitator.


“What’s really interesting for me is the way the program brings together a multiplicity of perspectives on soil health and the skills and tools to influence and build greater resilience in the Limestone Coast wine industry,” he says.


The Soil Stewardship program is supported by funding from the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation’s regional program, the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council and the Australian Wine Research Institute.


For further comment, please contact Sue Bell on Mobile 0417 080 945.

2014 Soil Steward profiles overleaf:


2014 LCGWC Soil Stewards:


Anna Hooper – Winemaker, Cape Jaffa Wines

Anna Hooper and her husband, Derek, produced the Limestone Coast’s first certified biodynamic wine range ‘La Lune’. Anna’s interest in soils stems from an ongoing passion for environmental sustainability, her biodynamic viticultural experiences and a winemaking philosophy that wine quality starts in the vineyard. Anna is on the South East Natural Resource Management Board and the South East Water Conservation and Drainage Board. She has also been involved in a number of voluntary roles relating to conservation in the local community. She is president of the Mount Benson Vignerons Association and sits on the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council and the Wine Industry National Environment Committee. Anna holds a bachelor degree in Agricultural Science (oenology) and a Masters in Agribusiness.


Luke Tocaciu – Winemaker/Director, Patrick of Coonawarra

After graduating from the University of Adelaide with a degree in Oenology and completing vintages in the Clare Valley, the Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and the USA’s Sonoma Valley, Luke Tocaciu returned home to continue the legacy and tradition of the family business, Patrick of Coonawarra.
Luke has quickly made his mark on the company, securing several trophies, medals and praise from consumers. He is among an emerging generation of ‘young gun’ winemakers, demonstrating an ability to adapt to new age trends and consumer demand.


Nick Baverstock – Vineyard Manager, Penfolds Robe Vineyards

Nick Baverstock graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Viticulture) from Adelaide University in 1999 and has been involved in the wine industry for 15 years, working in various viticultural roles. He currently manages a 250ha vineyard at Robe, which is responsible for providing exceptionally high quality grapes for premium Penfolds brands including St Henri and Bin 389. A keen conservationist, Nick has volunteered for many organisations and has been involved in developing viticultural knowledge at a regional level via several industry technical committees in both McLaren Vale and the Limestone Coast.


Kim Longbottom– Proprietor, Henry’s Drive Vignerons

In 1992, Kim Longbottom and her late husband, Mark, carefully selected sections of their Padthaway properties for vine planting, and the couple launched their first wines under the Henry’s Drive banner following a “dream vintage” in 1998. Today, the Henry’s Drive brand has grown to produce 100,000 cases with 10 different labels. Kim divides her time between the Padthaway Cellar Door and vineyards, her Adelaide home and works out of the company’s Kent Town office, where she oversees the day-to-day running of the business. The different varieties and styles of wine she discovers around Australia and the world continue to fascinate Kim, and the people she meets on her travels to different markets inspire her to continue building the Henry’s Drive name.