Bumper crop for wine show

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS - Lisa Thomas

THE Swan Val­ley Wine Show is set to be the big­gest yet, with a record num­ber of en­tries for its 30th an­niver­sary this month.

The show, from Au­gust 22 to 24, con­sist­ing of wine judg­ing, ex­hibitor tast­ing and a gala din­ner, is highly an­tic­i­pated this year af­ter a great 2017 vin­tage for red blends in the Swan Val­ley and a strong 2018 vin­tage for white blends.

Wine pro­fes­sional, judge and De­can­ter mag­a­zine writer Chee Wee Lee from Sin­ga­pore will be this year’s in­ter­na­tional guest judge, join­ing ex­pert wine judges Mark War­ren, Rob Mann, Sev­er­ine Lo­gan, Kim Hor­ton, Hope Met­calf and Ray Jor­dan.

Swan Val­ley and Re­gional Wine­mak­ers As­soci- ation pres­i­dent Yuri Berns said ev­ery year hun­dreds of wines were sub­mit­ted for judg­ing from around the Swan Val­ley.

“We’ll be tast­ing the 2017 red blends for the first time and it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how they’ve come up, es­pe­cially the shi­raz and caber­net blends and in par­tic­u­lar the al­ter­na­tive red va­ri­eties,” he said.

“For our 2018 whites for the Swan Val­ley, the chenin blanc and verdelho look very good.

“The dry rose and whites from 2018 will be very highly an­tic­i­pated.”

This year also marks 184 years of the Swan Val­ley, the old­est wine re­gion in WA and se­cond old­est in Aus­tralia.

For in­for­ma­tion or tick­ets, visit Swan Val­ley Wine­mak­ers on Face­book.

Pic­ture: David Baylis d485615

Swan Val­ley Re­gional Wine­mak­ers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Yuri Berns.

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