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

SURVEY GETS TO THE BOTTOM OF WATER QUALITY

24/07/2016

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MEDIA RELEASE:   SURVEY GETS TO THE BOTTOM OF WATER QUALITY

One of the largest water surveys to be undertaken in the Limestone Coast is now underway. The Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council (LCGWC) have secured grants through the South East Natural Resource Board’s ‘Partnerships Funding Program’ and Wine Australia’s Regional Program to conduct an extensive online survey and follow-up workshops on groundwater use and quality. The LCGWC is calling on the region’s 1500+ irrigators (of which 222 are vineyards) to add some depth to existing knowledge about groundwater quality by completing the confidential questionnaire by the end of July, with the feedback set to contribute towards the development of best management practices for optimum bore health.

Coonawarra viticulturist Dr Cath Kidman and LSCGWC Technical Sub-Committee chair, Dr Kerry DeGaris, are leading the survey team looking to help secure the future sustainability of the resource.

“We know bore health is changing and that it can impact upon irrigation infrastructure and bore life,” Dr Kidman explains. “We want to know if people have noticed changes in the water from their bores, whether they are spending more on bore maintenance than in the past, and whether they have had to change irrigation practices because of a loss inefficiency.”

The survey is not exclusive to the wine industry, with all licensed irrigators in the Limestone Coast encouraged to participate and be in the draw to win an iPad.

“We want to hear from all regional irrigators from intensive horticulture to irrigated pastures, so that we can gain a better understanding of the problems they are facing with Iron and Sulphate bacteria, calcium deposits, salinity and the impacts of these on infrastructure, and the costs and methods that are being employed to remediate these issues,” Dr Kidman says.

Project facilitator, Dr Kerry DeGaris, says the results of this survey will allow the LCGWC to better target research and extension on the management of these problems through a series of workshops and publications later in the year.

“The feedback and subsequent workshops will address the key issues identified in the survey, and provide benefits to landholders in terms of bottom line and hopefully longevity of their systems and infrastructure,” she says.

The survey closes on 31st July and is available at:

http://limestonecoastwine.com.au/whats-on/irrigators-survey/

For further information or interviews, please contact Dr Kerry DeGaris on 0417 408 796.

Eutypa BPMG Launched (June 2016)

17/06/2016

The Eutypa Best Practice Manual Guide was launched at Coonawarra Hall on 16 June 2016.  The guide will be updated and revised as new research and practice is verified.

pdf download available here

Limestone Coast Irrigators asked to complete survey in June-July 2016

Board Partnerships Help Support Irrigation Extension in South East

Through the South East Natural Resource Board’s “Partnerships Funding Program”, the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council have secured funding to conduct an extensive survey and workshops on problems facing irrigators through groundwater quality and movement towards best management practices to overcome these issues.

During the months of June & July the Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council will be conducting a survey of regional Irrigators from intensive horticulture to irrigated pastures to gain a better understanding for regional irrigators of the problems they are facing with Iron and Sulphate bacteria, calcium deposits, salinity and the impacts of these on infrastructure and the costs and methods that are being employed to remediate these issues. The results of this survey will allow the association to better target research and extension on the management of these problems to the irrigators through a series of workshops and publications later in the year. For more details on this visit the LCGWC website www.limestonecoastwine.com.au or contact Ulrich Grey-Smith tech3@limestonecoastwine.com.au

complete survey

AWRI Seminar in Coonawarra 31May

08/04/2016

Book in now and don’t miss out!

Coonawarra seminar program & bookings

Brought to you by AWRI, Wine Australia & Limestone Coast Grape & Wine Council

Berry sensory Workshop Jan28

27/01/2016

25 people will attend the berry sensory berry sorting workshop at the Caledonian Inn tomorrow.


http://www.limestonecoast.com.au/