WA wines in line for top awards

Albany Extra - - News - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

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.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

In­ter­na­tional wine judge Lim Hwee Peng judges the Wine Show of Western Aus­tralia this week.

Wine judge Patrick Had­dock.

Judge Kate Mor­gan.

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