Berry sensory Workshop Jan28

27/01/2016

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

Summer’s ‘Hot 62’ wines from #LCWS15

18/12/2015

MEDIA RELEASE
3rd December 2015

MEDIA RELEASE: Summer’s ‘Hot 62’ wines uncorked!

The Limestone Coast Grape and Wine Council (LCGWC) is embracing the arrival of summer by releasing a comprehensive list of ‘Hot 62’ wines to try this festive season. The Limestone Coast Hot 62 is a toast to one of the region’s most successful years on record, saluting gold medal-winning wines from the history-making Limestone Coast Wine Show held in late October.

A record medal haul was achieved during the 2015 event, with a total of 62 gold medals well and truly eclipsing the previous record of 43 set in 2014. “Sixty-five per cent of wines entered won a medal, with a further 72 silver and 147 bronze medals also awarded,” explains the wine show committee’s Sarah Pidgeon. “These are the wines that our judges loved, and many of them are also achieving great results on a national scale, so whether you’re familiar with the regions or looking to sample some proven performers, this list offers a learned introduction to some exceptional local wines and growers.”

The Hot 62 are ‘the best of the best’ from the 439 entries and represent all six regions within the Limestone Coast Zone including Coonawarra, Padthaway, Wrattonbully, Robe, Mount Benson and Mount Gambier. Prices range from $12-$188 a bottle, with a majority of wines selling for under $30.

“The variety of entries from across the Limestone Coast sub-regions is a really important indicator of the quality of wines from here, so whether you’re planning your Christmas menu, purchasing gifts or stocking up the cellar for your own festivities, this list will serve as the ultimate guide,” Sarah says.

The ‘Fresh Whites’ section features trophy debutante Raidis Estate, whose 2015 ‘The Kid’ Riesling wowed judge Stuart Watson courtesy of its “clean and crisp” aromatics. Balnaves of Coonawarra also comfortably made the grade after the 2013 Balnaves Coonawarra Chardonnay claimed two trophies, while the 2014 Digiorgio Family Wines Kongorong Riesling which trumped the 2014 show has remained a strong gold medal performer in 2015. For ‘Something Different’, the 2013 Wangolina Tempranillo is well worth a try. The Spanish-style wine was made in Mount Benson from grapes grown in Bordertown, and offers beautiful savoury characters with succulence and vibrancy. Wine show judge and sommelier Patrick White is among its many fans:

“It’s a variety which is only just starting to get some traction in the Australian market and when you have well made, balanced and delicious examples it makes your job as a sommelier a lot easier in terms of recommending to the customers,” he said.

The Padthaway region gets regular mentions in the ‘Aromatic Shiraz’ category, with Henry’s Drive and Orlando Lawsons worth looking out for, while 2015 wine show darling Wrattonbully shares the spotlight with Coonawarra when it comes to ‘Landmark Cabernets’, with Peppertree and Stonefields making their presence felt among Coonawarra stalwarts like Brands Laira, Bowen Estate, Majella and Wynns Coonawarra Estate.

Festive hosts looking for something special to team with their Christmas roasts will get plenty of inspiration from the list’s ‘Aged to Perfection’ category – for as little as $28, you can enjoy a gold medal-winning 2008 Brands Laira Coonawarra Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon, or for $36, a 2010 Redman Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot. The trophy-winning 2006 Casella 1919 Cabernet Sauvignon will set you back a mere $50, proven performer 2000 Zema Estate Family Selection Cabernet Sauvignon remains a steal at $70, while you also can’t go wrong with Bellwether Coonawarra cabernet, with the 2006, 2009 and 2010 vintages all winning gold at this year’s wine show.

Full list here. For further information, contact Sarah Pidgeon on 0412 825 149 or visit www.limestonecoastwine.com.au

Wrattonbully dominates 2015 Limestone Coast Wine Show

THURSDAY 29th OCTOBER

Wrattonbully wines have scooped the pool at the Limestone Coast Wine Show, winning six out of 13 trophies awarded at this week’s 15th annual event. Pepper Tree Wines’ 2013 Pepper Tree ‘Block 21A’ Single Vineyard Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon won the David Wynn Trophy for ‘Best Red Wine of Show’, the HR (Ron) Haselgrove O.B.E. Trophy for ‘Best Cabernet Sauvignon of Show’ and the ‘Best Individual Vineyard Wine’ Trophy at tonight’s (Thursday) Trophy presentation feast held at The Barn, Mount Gambier. The wine went on to claim the Bill Redman Trophy for ‘Best Wine of Show’, with Chair of Judges, Jane Faulkner, describing it as “incredibly approachable”.

“It has absolutely beautiful fruit and the tannins are really silky and supple with a persistent long finish – it’s just a really exquisite wine,” she said. “Single vineyards have to be distinctive and special in order to really make people notice and the fact that this wine has won Best Wine of Show is a testament to the producer and the viticulturist. It’s a gorgeous wine.”

Balnaves of Coonawarra manages Pepper Tree Wines’ Limestone Coast vineyards, and the accolades earned viticulturist Pete Balnaves the highly coveted Arthur Hoffman Trophy for ‘Viticulturist of Best Wine of Show’. The Balnaves family’s own winning streak continued with the Balnaves 2013 Chardonnay claiming back-to-back ‘Best Chardonnay’ trophies. The wine was also awarded the Colin Kidd Trophy for ‘Best White Wine of Show’.

Meanwhile, the 2014 Pepper Tree Limited Release Wrattonbully Tempranillo impressed guest judge Lim Hwee Peng from Singapore, who gave it the International Judges’ Award. “It was a very pretty wine which doesn’t just have concentration of fruit; there is a real vibrancy with long lengthy flavour that isn’t overpowering, and I think this wine would appeal to the real connoisseur who understands and truly appreciates wine,” he said.

“It was Wrattonbully’s year, and credit to Pepper Tree for what they’re doing because their wines are just on song at the moment,” Jane Faulkner added.

The family-owned Wangolina Winery at Mount Benson secured a double trophy haul, with the 2013 Wangolina Tempranillo winning the ‘Best Other Single Red Variety’ Trophy, while the 2013 Wangolina Spectrum Syrah collected the wine show’s first ever Small Batch Trophy, building on last year’s wine show commendation for the 2012 vintage.

The Karl Seppelt Trophy for ‘Best White Wine (excluding Chardonnay)’ was awarded to Coonawarra’s Raidis Estate for its 2015 Raidis Estate ‘The Kid’ Riesling. Lindemans 2013 Coonawarra Limestone Shiraz Cabernet won the ‘Best Blended Red’ trophy, and Jack Estate’s 2013 Jack Estate Shiraz was named the ‘Best Shiraz’. The Ewen Fergusson McBain Trophy for ‘Best Museum Wine’ went to the highly decorated 2006 Casella 1919 Cabernet Sauvignon produced from grapes grown in Wrattonbully and Coonawarra. No trophy was awarded for ‘Best Sparkling or Sweet Wine’.

The 2015 wine show saw a record medal haul, with a total of 61 gold medals eclipsing the previous record of 43 set in 2014. A further 72 silver and 172 bronze medals were also awarded, with Brands Laira named the Most Successful Exhibitor at the event.

“Sixty-five per cent of all wines that were entered won a medal, and there’s a really lovely spread across the regions, which is a really important indicator of the quality of wines that are coming out of the Limestone Coast,” said Jane Faulkner.

Entries in this year’s show will be uncorked and available for tasting at the Coonawarra Hall tomorrow morning (Friday October 30), 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 9:30am, and the Public Tasting from 11.30am – 1.30pm ($15 admission including results book).

Interviews with the winners and judges will be uploaded onto www.limestonecoastwine.com.au and the Limestone Coast Wine Show Facebook page late Friday, 30th October.

Editors: For additional comments please phone Jane Faulkner on 0409 232 996 or Sarah Pidgeon from the Limestone coast Wine Show Committee on 0412 825 149.

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

Record exhibitors for next week’s Limestone Coast Wine Show

22/10/2015

MEDIA RELEASE 

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 limestonecoastwine.com.au

Record exhibitors for 2015 Limestone Coast Wine Show

18/10/2015

MEDIA RELEASE
21st October 2015

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 limestonecoastwine.com.au

Register you Interest in the Alternate Varieties Case Study

03/09/2015

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?

27/07/2015

MEDIA RELEASE 

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.”

IMPORTANT DATES:

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 limestonecoastwine.com.au

Shiraz Tutored Tasting

16/06/2015

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

31/10/2014

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

ARTHUR HOFFMANN TROPHY FOR VITICULTURIST OF BEST WINE OF SHOW – Trent Brand

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

EWEN FERGUSSON McBAIN TROPHY FOR BEST MUSEUM WINE – 2006 Malone Shiraz

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

BEST SMALL BATCH TROPHY – NO AWARD. [COMMENDED: 2012 Wangolina Syrah

INTERNATIONAL JUDGES AWARD – 2010 Majella Sparkling Shiraz

MOST SUCCESSFUL EXHIBITOR – Pepper Tree Wines

 

Limestone Coast Wine Show winners announced tomorrow

30/10/2014

                    MEDIA RELEASE 

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.

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