Wine challenge tests comparative style
BEECHWORTH and Rutherglen wines were in contention for the North East Wine Challenge 2017 which opened in Myrtleford on Tuesday.
Judge Jane Faulkner led 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. BYJAMIE KRONBORG