SURVEY GETS TO THE BOTTOM OF WATER QUALITY

24/07/2016

IMAG0853IMAG085419th July, 2016

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.

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.


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