A total of 5 gold, 11 silver and 46 bronze medals were presented at the South Coast Wine Show dinner at Bannisters Restaurant Mollymook. This followed assessment of a strong field of 136 entries in 15 classes by the three highly experienced judges, David Morris, David Lowe and Russell Cody.
Chardonnay Class Ready for Judging
Special awards went to Coolangatta Estate 1998 Semillon (gold medal and trophies for Best Wine of Show, Best White Wine and Best Wine from Shoalhaven Coast grapes), Breakfast Creek 2004 Chambourcin (gold medal and trophies for Best Red Wine and Best Chambourcin), Berrima Estate 2005 ‘Tertini’ Riesling (gold medal and trophy for Best Wine from Southern Highland Grapes) and Crooked River 2004 Unwooded Chardonnay (silver medal and Best Wine Made in a Shoalhaven Coast Winery).
Chief judge David Morris, commented that the best white styles were Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho & Semillon with a very good example of a young Riesling and some superb aged Semillon. He said this years Chambourcin class was the best seen at the show to date with the best reds being medium bodied Rhone styles with soft fleshy flavours.
The Judges at Work
Coolangatta Estate continued their impressive show record with gold medals for the 2001 and 2003 and 1998 Semillon, as well as 4 silver and 11 bronze medals across a wide range of classes.
Other successful Shoalhaven Coast entrants were: Cambewarra Estate (2 silver, 3 bronze), Crooked River Wines (1 silver, 7 bronze), Kladis Estate Wines (4 bronze), Bawley Vale Estate (2 bronze), Seven Mile Vineyard (1 bronze), Fern Gully Winery (1 bronze), Roselea Vineyard (1 bronze), and The Silos Estate (1 bronze).
The Public Tasting of All Wines
Medal winners from the Southern Highlands were: Berrima Estate (1 gold, 1 bronze); Centennial Vineyard (2 silver, 6 bronze); McVitty Grove (1 silver, 1 bronze); Blue Metal Vineyard (2 bronze); Bousaada Vineyard (1 bronze); Diamond Creek Estate (1 bronze) and Eling Forest Winery (1 bronze).
Presentation of Awards at Wine Dinner
Far south coast producers Breakfast Creek (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze) and Tilba Valley Winery (1 bronze) also received awards.