Ant­cliff’s Chase tops Dookie Wine Show with its Ries­ling

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

ON Tues­day evening, Septem­ber 18, the Dookie Wine Show held its 15th An­nual Show Pre­sen­ta­tion in Shep­par­ton.

The gath­er­ing of 200 guests savoured a de­li­cious din­ner pre­pared by GOTAFE hospitality stu­dents and apprentice chefs, el­e­gantly com­ple­mented by re­gional prize-win­ning wines from St Anne’s, Gap­sted Wines, May­gar’s Hill, Al­lira and Ant­cliff’s Chase.

From among more than 100 wines en­tered by over 30 winer­ies, Ant­cliff’s Chase won the top award, ‘Wine of the Show’, for their 2017 Ries­ling.

Owner and vi­gneron, Chris Ant­cliff Bennett of Caveat in the Strath­bo­gie Ranges, was proud to ac­cept the Cham­pi­onship Cup.

“I am very pleased to win this award,” Mr Bennett said.

“It is recog­ni­tion for the qual­ity and di­ver­sity of wines from the Strath­bo­gie Ranges and, in par­tic­u­lar, re­in­forces our rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing out­stand­ing Ries­ling wine.”

As a stu­dent at Dookie Agri­cul­tural Col­lege, Mr Bennett de­vel­oped a keen in­ter­est in grape-grow­ing when he helped plant the col­lege’s vine­yard in 1978.

In 1982, he and his fa­ther, the late John Ant­cliff Bennett, planted their own vine­yard in Caveat, pro­duc­ing the first vin­tage in 1989.

“Af­ter 30 vin­tages, I can say with con­fi­dence that here at Caveat, we have what is known among viti­cul­tur­al­ists as ‘a dis­tin­guished site’ for ries­ling, be­ing a per­fect match of cli­mate, soils and site se­lec­tion for the va­ri­ety,” Mr Bennett said.

Since mak­ing the move to process his grapes at Wine x Sam, Mr Bennett has seen the al­ready-high qual­ity of his wine in­crease.

“I am grate­ful for the help we have re­ceived through the ex­per­tise of Sam Plun­kett and his team,” he said.

As well as hav­ing sales of their full range of wines at their scenic cel­lar door in Caveat, and via the ‘Scare­crow Wine Club’, Ant­cliff’s Chase wines are avail­able for sale through lo­cal busi­nesses in­clud­ing the Ruffy Pro­duce Store, Bur­tons IGA and Al­bert’s Café in Euroa, the White Hart Ho­tel in Long­wood and Un­der the Sun Café in Strath­bo­gie.

There will be an op­por­tu­nity for the pub­lic to meet Mr Bennett, taste and pur­chase Ant­cliff’s Chase wines at spe­cial prices at the Strath­bo­gie Golf Club from 11:30am on Mel­bourne Cup Day.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact Mr Bennett on 04870 37501.

WINE WINNINGS: Chris Bennett from Ant­cliff’s Chase with his award win­ning tro­phy and 2017 Ries­ling.

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