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Royal Melbourne Wine Awards goes Organic

Reflecting the growing industry trend, production techniques and consumer interest, the renowned Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA), Australia’s most respected wine show, will for the first time recognise organic and biodynamic wines with the introduction of a new Best Organic or Biodynamic Trophy in 2016.

“It is our ongoing commitment to ensure the awards continue to be most relevant and valuable to the industry, identifying new classes and categories that will recognise the evolving nature of grape growing and winemaking,” said Tom Carson, Chair of Judges.

“Organic grape production increased by 120% from 2011-2014 with evidence the trend is continuing. The introduction of the new Best Organic or Biodynamic Wine Trophy is a nod to the increasing production of these types of wines in the country, and the outstanding quality we have on offer.”
Royal Melbourne Wine Show

Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the RMWA gives producers the opportunity to benchmark their wines against industry standards; seek advice from an independent panel of experts; and to promote and market award winning products using the RMWA’s seal of excellence.

Other accolades to be awarded, include the much coveted Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for Best Young Red Wine, The James Halliday Trophy for Best Pinot Noir, The Douglas Seabrook Single Vineyard Trophy, The Kym Ludvigsen Trophy for Viticultural Excellence, The Victorian Trophy for Wines of Provenance, The Francois De Castella Trophy for Best Young White Wine, The Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz and The Bill Chambers Trophy for Best Fortified.

The winner of the 2016 Jimmy Watson Trophy will also secure the scholarship sponsored by RASV.  The scholarship includes a $15,000 bursary for the winner to embark on an international study tour, providing professional development opportunities and increasing knowledge of the global wine industry.

“As a previous winner of the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy I can attest that an award win at the RMWA is an honour of long-standing tradition, and is highly regarded amongst the national industry and around the world, leading to increased sales, greater export opportunities and significant growth,” said Mr Carson.

Entries for the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards open on Tuesday 28 June at www.rasv.com.au and will close on Friday 19 August, with early entry encouraged.

The Biggest Public Tasting of Riesling

Nearly five hundred Rieslings from seven countries, International judges / presenters, academic presentations, Master classes, recognition of the best Rieslings and the biggest public Riesling tasting in the Southern Hemisphere will all happen at the Hyatt Hotel and Albert Hall in Canberra on 11 to 17 October 2015.

The 16th Canberra International Riesling Challenge will again promote, award and recognise excellence in one of the oldest grape varieties and one of the first vines planted in Australia. The CIRC is not just a wine show:

  • Judging: Rieslings from France, Germany, USA, Czech Republic, New Zealand, and South Africa will join Australian wines in three days of judging to find the best in each region, country and the best of Show. Judges from Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and the USA will smell, taste, and ponder the merits of each wine before declaring the winners.
  • Seminar on Riesling Excellence: 16 October at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra, hosted by Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga / National Wine and Grape Industry Centre. Leading Riesling academics will present findings on how to make the best wines with topics including What’s hiding in your Clare Riesling?; Carbohydrate/ Nitrogen/ post-harvest management – with a focus on Riesling results; Ripening levels / flavours in Riesling; Concept of Terroir.
  • Master Class of Rieslings from the World: 16 October at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra. This year the spotlight is on Rieslings from the Clare Valley with a presentation and tasting of Clare Valley Rieslings by Neil Pike and Kerri Thompson; and Rieslings from the USA with Jim Trezise from the NY Wine and Grape Foundation guiding participants through Rieslings from six different areas highlighting terroir, regions, styles, consumption and future of the variety.
  • Awards Presentation: 16 October at the Hyatt Hotel where the best of the best will be recognised. Winning wines will be available for tasting.
  • The biggest public tasting of Riesling in the Southern Hemisphere: 17 October at the Albert Hall, Canberra. Come and taste the 484 wines entered in this year’s Challenge.

For more information contact www.rieslingchallenge.com

Royal Adelaide Wine Show: 2608 Wines & My Head Hurts

The Royal Adelaide Wine Show is a huge event –  2608 wines to be precise.  So much choice, so much diversity, your head hurts even before you start tasting. What was great to see was the broad range of styles.  More cooler climate Shiraz, more off-dry Riesling, more top notch Chardonnay, and some impressive Pinot Noir. Sue Hodder, chairman of judges, said a total of 192 gold medals, 243 silver medals and 815 bronze medals were awarded. 

While the wines provided a broad range of styles, the audience of the VIP tasting was clearly broken into three categories: Older men in tweed jackets with red noses, middle aged men in stripped shirts who can spit across a room with deadly accuracy, and young hippster men with beards (clearly part of the up and coming sommelier set).  There may have been a female present, I’m not certain.

Saltram Estate shiraz scored two top trophies at the 2013 Royal Adelaide Wine Show. Saltram’s Mamre Shiraz 2010 also receiving the award for Best Shiraz in Show. Saltram is also the latest recipient of the Outstanding Wine of Provenance award which was created, to recognise wines that reflect their region, lineage and longevity. 


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