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.
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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.