The 16th annual South Coast Wine Show was judged on the 22nd January.
Eighty two entries from 16 vineyards and wineries in the South Coast Wine Zone which includes two official wine regions, the Shoalhaven Coast and Southern Highlands, were submitted for evaluation.
43 medals were awarded, 9 gold, 8 silver and 26 bronze.
Wines are divided in categories eg. variety, style, blends, age etc.
Up to 3 points for colour, 7 for nose and 10 for palate are allocated by each judge. Depending on the average of those scores, medals are awarded.
Gold medal 18.5 – 20.0 points
Silver medal 17.0 – 18.4 points
Bronze medal 15.5 – 16.9 points
The judging panel of three plus an associate was again headed by David Morris of Morris Wines, Rutherglen in Victoria.
A public tasting of all entries took place the next evening and was well attended. A couple of hours before this function, all entrants had the chance to discuss their submitted wines and scores with the judges.
This is one way for many of the smaller wineries to improve their wine making skills.
Following on from this, it was disappointing that there was such a low number of entries in the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon class and not one medal was awarded. Some of the scores were extremely low. It would appear that more work needs to be done in the region with these classic red wine grapes.
Or just maybe wineries making good examples don't bother entering.
More details can be found on the show's web site.