Wine show qual­ity im­proves for 2016

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS / PEOPLE - By RHYLL McCOR­MACK

AL­MOST 20 am­a­teur wine mak­ers en­tered a to­tal of 68 bot­tles of wine in this year’s Mans­field Am­a­teur Wine Show.

The best whites were a Pinot Gris by David Hart from Frankston, with a score of 17.5, and a sparkling Chardon­nay by Pepi Bu­den of Mer­ri­jig – also scor­ing a 17.5.

The win­ning red of the cur­rent vin­tage was a 2016 Tem­pranillo by Peter En­ness, from Bit­tern, with a score of 18.

The award for Over­all Best Wine of the show was a draw be­tween a 2012 Shi­raz by Alex Carter of Tatura and a fig – coun­try wine – by David Hart again with his 2016 vin­tage.

The judges this year for the grape wines were Mal­colm Kin­loch and Ge­off Ar­son.

Both were heard to re­mark that though the num­ber of en­tries were down on last year, the qual­ity of those that were en­tered was re­mark­ably im­proved on pre­vi­ous years.

The coun­try wines were judged by Jac­ques Garnier who was ably as­sisted by Max Davies.

All wines were judged for their colour and clar­ity - each worth three points – their bou­quet, which was worth seven points and up to 10 points was awarded for the wines’ pal­ettes.

Thanks were ex­pressed to the spon­sors of the show who were the Mans­field Sec­ondary Col­lege, Aussie Brew­mak­ers, De­latite Wines and Ros Ritchie Wines.

JUDGES: Two of the judges in­volved with this year’s Am­a­teur Wine Show were Ge­off Ar­son and Jac­ques Garnier.

WIN­NERS: Al­though the num­ber of en­tries in the wine show was down on last year’s, judges re­marked that the qual­ity had dra­mat­i­cally im­proved.

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