Lo­cal winer­ies im­press at award’s show

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS - BY GRACE EVANS

WINER­IES from around the Strath­bo­gie Shire at­tended The Vic­to­rian Wines Show at Mitchel­ton Wines last Thurs­day, where they were recog­nised for their top qual­ity wine.

The show aims to re­ward those winer­ies from around Vic­to­ria with credit and bring that ex­cel­lent qual­ity to pub­lic at­ten­tion.

With 760 en­tries from all around Vic­to­ria the Strath­bo­gie re­gion saw Mitchel­ton Wines, Tah­bilk Win­ery, May­gar’s Hill and Fowles Wines come away with some top spots.

Mitchel­ton Wines won gold for its 2017 Preece Chardon­nay and 2017 Black­wood Park Ries­ling.

Tah­bilk Win­ery took home two gold’s with their 2016 Shi­raz and 2016 RMV (three dif­fer­ent wine blends), im­press­ing the judges.

An­other win­ery tak­ing home two gold’s was Fowles Wines with their 2017 The Ex­cep­tion Mer­lot, and in the Mu­seum Cat­e­gory with their 2010 Ries­ling.

May­gar’s Hill also stepped up with gold for their 2016 Shi­raz.

With the awards pro­vid­ing a cer­ti­fy­ing stamp for ex­cel­lent wine, Chief Wine­maker at Fowles Wine Vic­tor Nash said for us as wine­mak­ers the im­por­tant part of it is bench­mark­ing and see­ing what peo­ple and our peers are re­ward­ing.

“As a wine­maker any colour medal is sig­nif­i­cant to you, they don’t just give them away,” Mr Nash said. “A gold medal is as good as it gets.”

Recog­nis­ing the hard work put in be­hind the scenes, Mr Nash said you def­i­nitely have to be pas­sion­ate about the in­dus­try.

“You of­ten lose seven days of the week three months year which is of­ten the best time of the year, as its Sum­mer and Au­tumn,” he said.

“As wine­mak­ers we pre­fer cool mild dry con­di­tions un­like other crops.”

As the awards pass them by and they move on to their next en­deav­our, Mr Nash said the sea­son ahead looks good, mim­ick­ing the con­di­tions of a suc­cess­ful sea­son in 2018.

WIN­NERS ARE GRINNERS: Lo­cal wine­mak­ers and own­ers had plenty to smile about at this year’s Vic­to­rian Wines Show. Pic­tured are (from left) Jenny Houghton, Lind­say Brown, and Vic­tor Nash.

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