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Cabernet is still king at the 2019 Langhorne Creek Wine Show

By Monday 6 May 2019No Comments

Langhorne Creek Cabernet has again been recognised as the region’s tower of strength in the 2019 Multi-Color Langhorne Creek Wine Show, with the pre-eminent trophy for Champion Wine of Show being awarded to Lake Breeze 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon.

The judges also recognised the variety’s superior aging capabilities by awarding the 2012 Lake Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon the Brady & Co trophy for Best Museum or Fortified Wine of the show.

The 2019 panel of judges consisted of chair of judges Charlie Seppelt, joined by Kerri Thompson of KT Wines and international judge, China wine expert Fongyee Walker MW.

 “This year we were very fortunate to have Fongyee Walker MW join the judging panel,” said Charlie Seppelt.

Regional shows exemplify the bloodline of Australian wines and the shows bring in highly credentialed local and international judges with exceptional knowledge like KT and Fongyee. After this week we can be assured Fongyee will return home having experienced some outstanding wines and with a greater understanding of our region.”

Charlie especially praised the red wines tasted at the judging. “The drum of Cabernet, Shiraz and Malbec continues to beat in Langhorne Creek. Highlights of the judging were the dry reds, in particular the 2016 vintage. We could not ignore the depth and capacity of these wines.”

Fongyee Walker was equally impressed with the quality of Shiraz in the region “The Shiraz judging was a particular pleasure for me – this area produces beautiful examples,” she said.

The Langhorne Creek Wine Show has been a fantastic opportunity to explore the range of styles and wines that this region has – it has been an immense surprise to find out about the rich history of the region and the invaluable contribution that it has made to the world of Australian wine.”

Fongyee’s International Judge’s Award went to Kimbolton’s The Rifleman Shiraz 2016.

Producer of the Year is presented to the wine producer with the top three scores across a number of classes, showing consistency and quality across varieties. This year’s recipient is Bremerton Wines.

Temple Bruer senior viticulturist Barrie Williams was presented with the Viticulturist of the Year award and was recognised for his contribution to the Langhorne Creek region and in particular for his adoption of technologies for reducing energy usage, zero carbon farming practices, smarter compost management and his focus on future water security and the Langhorne Creek region.

The awards ceremony on Friday saw 300 grapegrowers, winemakers, trade and winery staff gathered for lunch catered by award-winning chef Simon Burr from the Olfactory Inn.

The show received 204 entries from 34 producers. Associate judges were Shanteh Wong from Quay Restaurant, Robert Cragg from Fleurieu Vintners and Leon Talamini from Project Wine.

Best Blended Red Wine
Sponsored by Cooperages 1912
Lake Breeze Bernoota Cabernet Shiraz 2016

Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Sponsored by Orora Beverages – Stelvin Closures
Lake Breeze Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Best Shiraz
Sponsored by Project Wine Pty Ltd
Pepperjack Porterhouse Graded Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2016

Best Malbec
Sponsored by New Holland Agriculture
Tagai Miochi Malbec 2016

Best Red or White Wine made from Alternative or Other Variety(s)
Sponsored by Atlas Events and Party Hire
Mordrelle Wines Barbera 2017

Best Museum or Fortified Wine
Sponsored by Brady & Co
Lake Breeze Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Best Wine from a Multi-Regional Blend
Sponsored by Glass Print Solutions
Pepperjack Premium Cut Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2016

International Judges Award
Presented by Fongyee Walker MW
Kimbolton The Rifleman Shiraz 2016

Champion Wine
Sponsored by Multi Color Corporation
Lake Breeze Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Producer of the Year
Sponsored by Belvidere Winery
Bremerton Wines

Viticulturist of the Year
Sponsored by Peats Soil and Garden Supplies
Barrie Williams



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