Cheers to top drops

Shepparton News - Country News - - EUROA SHOW 2018 -

The gallery at Mitchel­ton Win­ery has never seen so many va­ri­eties of wine.

The pic­turesque set­ting was the venue for this year’s Vic­to­rian Wine Show, which saw 770 wines be­ing tasted across three days (Oc­to­ber 31 to Novem­ber 2) by four pan­els of judges.

An event spokesper­son said judges were ex­pected to taste up to 120 wines each day, be­gin­ning at 9.30 am and fin­ish­ing at 5 pm.

‘‘It’s the 36th year of the show; it’s the largest gath­er­ing of Vic­to­rian wines at any wine show in the state,’’ the spokesper­son said.

Shi­raz was the most rep­re­sented out of the 33 cat­e­gories with 104 dif­fer­ent Shi­raz wines be­ing tasted across the event.

‘‘We are re­ally proud to show­case the tal­ents of wine­mak­ers from 22 dis­tinct wine-grow­ing dis­tricts,’’ show di­rec­tor Robert Paul said.

‘‘Each wine is scored out of 100; they’re judged on colour, smell and palate,’’ the spokesper­son said.

Each judg­ing panel con­sists of about five peo­ple — a mix­ture of ex­pe­ri­enced and less ex­pe­ri­enced judges.

‘‘We have a cou­ple of in­ter­na­tional judges,’’ the spokesper­son said.

‘‘From New Zealand we’ve got Jim Haare; he’s an ex­tremely ex­pe­ri­enced judge.

‘‘And we’ve got South African Chris­tian Edes and this is his first time out in Aus­tralia judg­ing.’’

The spokesper­son said this al­lowed for bench­mark­ing where Vic­to­rian wines sat on an in­ter­na­tional scale.

‘‘We want to recog­nise good qual­ity wines but the show is an ad­vo­cate for the in­dus­try it­self,’’ Mr Paul said.

‘‘That’s why the 2018 Vic­to­rian Wine Show will again fea­ture a travel schol­ar­ship to as­sist any­one who has a role or is in­volved with wine mak­ing and has a pas­sion to learn — or a great idea — to fol­low their dreams.’’

While the judges busily tack­led the hun­dreds of wines, the staff mem­bers at Mitchel­ton were busy mak­ing sure enough glasses were avail­able and were in the cor­rect con­di­tion.

‘‘Hun­dreds of glasses have to be washed each time they do a tast­ing,’’ the spokesper­son said.

From be­ing washed the same way to be­ing cooled to the same tem­per­a­ture, there are strict pro­ce­dures sur­round­ing the glasses and the stor­ing and open­ing of wine bot­tles.

Af­ter be­ing in­tro­duced to the event last year, the Pre­miers Tro­phy will be awarded to the ‘best of the best’ wine, which will be se­lected from the win­ners of each re­gional wine show as well as the win­ner from the Vic­to­rian Wine Show.

‘‘They all go into the run­ning and are judged against each other,’’ the spokesper­son said.

The win­ners of the cat­e­gories will be an­nounced at a pre­sen­ta­tion lunch on Novem­ber 15.

Take your pick . . . There were 770 wines shown. Pic­tures: Rod­ney Braith­waite

One who nose . . . An­drew Cor­ri­gan was one of the judg­ing panel lead­ers.

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