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Best of Heathcote shiraz at show

Entries are now being taken for the 2014 St Martin Heathcote Wine Show.

July 24, 2014 3:44am

The 2013 Heathcote Grand Terroir trophy winners Jodi Marsh and Mark Hunter from Sanguine Estate


Makers of Heathcote’s famous shiraz wine are preparing entries for the 2014 St Martin Heathcote Wine Show at the end of the month.

The second annual show will see wineries from across Victoria and beyond put Heathcote-grown shiraz and other varieties before an expert judging panel chaired by eminent Australia wine authority Brian Walsh.

Mr Walsh, a former director of winemaking with Yalumba and a leading judge for more than 30 years, was appointed interim chairman of the new Australian Grape and Wine Authority earlier in the month.

With a panel of six other industry experts, he will help select Heathcote’s top wines and name the 2014 winner of the show’s premier Heathcote Grand Terroir trophy.

Among wineries vying for the top award will be Sanguine Estate, last year’s winner with its Progeny Shiraz which demonstrated the highest quality and style consistency across three shiraz wines spanning a minimum of four vintages for one wine label.

Wine show chair Graeme Quigley said the reputation of Heathcote wines had helped to focus national attention on the event.

‘‘We held our wine show for the first time last year and now all eyes in the industry are on what new and exciting wines will come to the judges’ attention in 2014,’’ Mr Quigley said.

‘‘That level of engagement has helped us assemble one of the nation’s finest judging panels and will continue to grow the great Heathcote wine brand.’’

He said entries were expected to be similar to last year’s show and in the next week, wineries would lodge wines ahead of the judging sessions.

‘‘To see hundreds of bottles from one region lined up on tables at the Heathcote RSL hall helps us all realise the value and importance of the wine industry to this region,’’ Mr Quigley said.

A public tasting of wine show entries would be held between 4pm and 6pm, before the dinner, on August 2.

Judging starts on July 31, ahead of the awards dinner.

For information, visit www.heathcotewinegrowers.com.au

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