WA wines in line for top awards
Judging of the Wine Show of Western Australia began this week with international judge Lim Hwee Peng saying he was on a mission to discover a marvellous drop in the Great Southern.
Mr Peng will be joining chief judge Samantha Connew and her team for the 41st year of the acclaimed wine show.
A wine writer, wine educator and an ambassador for Burgundy wines, Mr Peng is one of five people in Singapore and 160 people in the world who are recognised tutors of the Bordeaux Wine Council.
He has been a judge at wine shows across Australia and in South America, South Africa, Italy and Hong Kong.
Judging began on Tuesday in Mount Barker and a trophy presentation lunch will be hosted by Portavin today at West Cape Howe Wines.
Mr Peng said he was looking forward to discovering some amazing wines in the Great Southern region.
“There are some of the top judges here judging these wines — we have the wines divided into ‘flights’ based on the genre of the wine and we judge on the quality, based on sugar, balance, intensity, freshness and how the wine style reflects the sense of place,” he said. “It’s a pretty tough criteria. “I think the balance is important, but when you find a wine that has that and is also interesting and unique, that’s when it’s special and stands out.
“I want to discover Great Southern wines. I’ve been very impressed by the wines I have judged so far, and this has been a great experience.”
Beginning in 1978 as part of the Mount Barker and Districts Agricultural Show, the Wine Show of Western Australia has grown to become a separate and distinguished event which annually determines the best West Australian wines.
From only six classes in 1978, the show has grown to 39 classes and 24 trophies, including the prestigious Singapore Airlines Trophy for Best Wine of Show.
International wine judge Lim Hwee Peng judges the Wine Show of Western Australia this week.
Wine judge Patrick Haddock.
Judge Kate Morgan.