Wine chal­lenge tests lo­cal style By JAMIE KRONBORG

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THE North East Wine Chal­lenge 2017 opened in Myrtleford yes­ter­day with judge Jane Faulkner lead­ing a panel to taste and as­sess 220 wines dur­ing two days of com­pe­ti­tion.

The chal­lenge ranks wines by style from the North East’s five ge­o­graph­i­cal in­di­ca­tions, or dis­tricts – Alpine Val­leys, Beech­worth, Glen­rowan, King Val­ley and Rutherglen.

It is hosted by Alpine Val­leys Vignerons and is now in its sixth year.

AVV pres­i­dent Micheal Freuden­stein said the chal­lenge was a unique show for wines from the North East.

“It pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for wine­mak­ers to show­case their wines and bench­mark them against sim­i­lar wines within a com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment,” he said.

“Wines from each re­gion gain points for their re­spec­tive re­gions based on the judged score.

“The re­gion with the most points wins the cov­eted ‘Chal­lenge Shield’.”

The chal­lenge panel also awards tro­phies for wine of the show, best sparkling, white and red wines, al­ter­na­tive va­ri­ety and for­ti­fied wine, and a tro­phy for the best Alpine Val­leys’ wine.

Ms Faulkner, a wine jour­nal­ist and Aus­tralian Al­ter­na­tive Va­ri­eties’ Wine Show chief judge, chairs the panel which this year in­cludes Bests Great West­ern wine­maker and Oak­dene Wines’ wine­maker Steven Paul, from the Bel­lar­ine Penin­sula.

As­so­ciate judges are Gap­sted Wines’ wine­maker Blair Jensen and Ringer Reef wine­maker Julie Holm.

Mr Freuden­stein said wines in the show were di­vided into 25 classes, with al­ter­na­tive va­ri­eties mak­ing up the big­gest classes, fol­lowed by shi­raz.

He said the di­vi­sions were in­dica­tive of the North East’s pur­suit of tra­di­tional and al­ter­na­tive va­ri­eties.

The chal­lenge judg­ing, which is be­ing held in Ablett Pavil­ion at McNa­mara Re­serve, will be fol­lowed at 5pm to­day by a pub­lic tast­ing of wines in the show.

Tro­phies will be pre­sented at 6.45pm. 0cm 0cm 0cm 0cm 1861m <2cm FINE NOSE: North East Wine Chal­lenge chief judge Jane Faulkner be­gan tast­ing with the judg­ing panel in Myrtleford yes­ter­day. PHOTO: Jamie Kronborg 5-10cm 2-5cm 1575m 1695m

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