Grampians’ wine tri­umphs

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Grampians Wine Re­gion added mo­men­tum to its grow­ing rep­u­ta­tion by win­ning a ma­jor wine chal­lenge shield.

It won the Western Vic­to­rian Wine Chal­lenge, in­volv­ing 130 en­tries from Grampians, Pyre­nees, Bal­larat and Henty wine re­gions.

Ararat hosted the 12th an­nual chal­lenge, with renowned wine writer Nick Stock head­ing up judg­ing for the event.

Un­like other wine shows, wine lovers were in­vited to get in on the ac­tion to de­ter­mine the ‘peo­ple’s choice’ awards for each va­ri­ety.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic at­tended a guided tast­ing of the medal-win­ning wines and were in­tro­duced to the art of wine-show judg­ing.

Of­fi­cials an­nounced chal­lenge win­ners at a gala awards night in Bal­larat, with Grampians win­ning an over­all shield.

Grampians Tourism chief ex­ec­u­tive Marc Slee­man at­tended the awards night and said the re­sult re­flected the qual­ity of wine be­ing pro­duced in the re­gion.

“We’re de­lighted to have such high-cal­i­bre wines in the Grampians re­gion and in western Vic­to­ria in gen­eral,” he said.

“This is a great event to sup­port wine mak­ers from the Grampians, Pyre­nees, Bal­larat and Henty re­gions.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions to all medal win­ners.”

The award rep­re­sents a ma­jor pre­lude to the Grampians’ Sim­ply Shi­raz fes­ti­val start­ing next week­end. Awards: Con­sumers Wine of Show, Bests Wines, Great Western Ries­ling 2017; Judges Cham­pion Wine of Show, Bests Wines Great Western Ries­ling 2017; Most Suc­cess­ful Ex­hibitor, Grampians Es­tate; Kym Lud­vigsen Memo­rial Shield, Larry Sadler, Sep­pelt Drum­borg Vine­yard; Class 1: Sparkling, Con­sumers Prize, Sep­pelt Salinger 2013; Class 2: Ries­ling, Judges Tro­phy, Bests Wines Great Western Ries­ling 2017; Con­sumers Prize, Bests Wines Great Western Ries­ling 2017; Class 3: Chardon­nay and Other White, no Judges Tro­phy awarded, Con­sumers Prize, Sep­pelt 2016, Drum­borg Chardon­nay; Class 4: Pinot Noir, Judges Tro­phy, Sep­pelt Drum­borg Pinot Noir 2016, Con­sumers Prize, Sep­pelt Drum­borg Pinot Noir 2016; Class 5: Shi­raz, Judges Tro­phy, Bests Wines LSV Shi­raz Viog­nier 2016; Con­sumers Prize, One Tonne Wine Com­pany Grampians Shi­raz 2015; Class 6: Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon, Con­sumers Prize, Glenlofty Vine­yard GO Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon 2012; Class 7: Other Red, Judges Tro­phy, Grampians Es­tate GST 2016, Con­sumers Prize, Grampians Es­tate GST 2016. Class 9: Mu­seum Red, Grampians Es­tate Mafek­ing Shi­raz 2005.

WIN­NING DROPS: Shield. Grampians Wine Re­gion rep­re­sen­ta­tives with the Western Vic­to­rian Wine Chal­lenge

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