Wine chal­lenge tests com­par­a­tive style

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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

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