Hills Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Lisa Thomas

THE SWAN Val­ley Wine Show will cel­e­brate its 29th an­niver­sary this month, show­cas­ing some of the pre­mier wines in the re­gion.

The wine show, which was first held at La­monts Win­ery in 1989, started with 63 en­tries and has grown since, with 275 wines en­tered this year.

Swan Val­ley Wine Show com­mit­tee mem­ber and wine­maker at Pinelli Es­tate Wines Daniel Pinelli said he was look­ing for­ward to another ex­cel­lent year for Swan Val­ley wine and cel­e­brat­ing 10 years on the com­mit­tee.

He said the show was recog­nised as one of the pre­mier re­gional wine shows in WA and was valu­able to lo­cal pro­duc­ers.

“Be­ing a re­gional wine show and judged by in­de­pen- dent judges from overseas, in­ter­state and lo­cally, the wine show pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for pro­duc­ers whether small or large to have their wine judged blind against sim­i­lar wines from other pro­duc­ers in the re­gion,” he said.

“Fol­low­ing the judg­ing, ex­hibitor tast­ings al­low wine­mak­ers to taste wines from other pro­duc­ers and dis­cuss their wines with the judges. This gives im­me­di­ate and valu­able feed­back to wine­mak­ers to help them im­prove their wine­mak­ing skills and pro­vides in­sight into new va­ri­eties and styles be­ing pro­duced in the re­gion.”

In­ter­na­tional judge and co-founder of Dragon Phoenix Wine Con­sult­ing in Bei­jing, Fongyee Walker, will join the panel of wine ex­perts Mark Warren, Ray Jor­dan, Sev­er­ine Lo­gan, Garth Cliff, Cath Oates and as­so­ci­ate judges Dan Char­ter and Emma Far­relly.

Mr Pinelli said he ex­pected this year’s show heroes to be dry and young white wines.

“One of our strengths of the Swan Val­ley is that it can con­sis­tently pro­duce ex­cep­tional wines of dif­fer­ing style from year to year, so we are again ex­pect­ing to see some out­stand­ing dry, young white wines, par­tic­u­larly verdelho and chenin blanc,” he said.

The Swan Val­ley Wine Show judg­ing will take place on Au­gust 23, fol­lowed by ex­hibitor tast­ing at Caver­sham House on Au­gust 24 and a Gala Awards Din­ner at Man­doon Es­tate on Au­gust 25.

Visit http://swan­val­ley wine­mak­ers.com.au.

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt d471795

Wine show com­mit­tee mem­ber Daniel Pinelli from Pinelli Es­tate Wines. Shi­raz tends to dom­i­nate the en­tries in the red classes, he said.

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