Top event bet­ter than ever

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page -

Next month’s Mar­garet River Wine Show is promis­ing to be the big­gest one yet.

The 17th an­nual wine show, in con­junc­tion with the lo­cally hosted Hal­l­i­day Aus­tralian Caber­net Chal­lenge, will be held at Duns­bor­ough’s Ra­mada Re­sort from Oc­to­ber 29-Novem­ber 1.

Mar­garet River Wine As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Amanda White­land said this year’s show would fea­ture 21 judges and as­so­ciates tast­ing, and more than 1000 en­tries in the two com­pe­ti­tions.

Judges in­clude Cor­rina Wright, re­turn­ing for her last year as Chair of Judges, and Hong Kong’s Fly­ing Wine­maker Ed­die McDougall, in­ter­na­tional judge Ed­die McDougall, Ipso Facto Wines’ Kate Mor­gan, and Vi­nosense’s Dave Brookes, among oth­ers.

Lang­ton’s Clas­si­fi­ca­tion VII re­cently an­nounced Aus­tralia’s 136 best­per­form­ing wines, in­clud­ing Leeuwin Es­tate’s fa­mous Art Se­ries chardon­nay in the first-ever Her­itage Five cat­e­gory, de­rived from the top wines within the “ex­cep­tional” cat­e­gory, which also fea­tures Cullen’s Diana Made­line caber­net mer­lot and Moss Wood’s caber­net sauvi­gnon.

“It is fan­tas­tic to see the high qual­ity of Mar­garet River wines be­ing recog­nised, with four out of the 13 new en­trants com­ing from our re­gion, which pro­duce less than 2 per cent of Aus­tralia’s wine,” Ms White­land said.

She said Mar­garet River winer­ies Leeuwin Es­tate, Vasse Felix, Wood­lands, Deep Woods, Xanadu and Cape Men­telle also per­formed well in other cat­e­gories.

Lang­ton’s Clas­si­fi­ca­tion is up­dated ev­ery four years.

Dave Brookes re­turns as a judge.

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