Top drops to impress at Margaret River Wine Show

Augusta Margaret River Times
Vinosense’s Dave Brookes returns as a judge to this year’s Margaret River Wine Show.
Camera IconVinosense’s Dave Brookes returns as a judge to this year’s Margaret River Wine Show.

Next month’s Margaret River Wine Show is promising to be the biggest one yet.

The 17th annual wine show, in conjunction with the locally hosted Halliday Australian Cabernet Challenge, will be held at Dunsborough’s Ramada Resort from October 29-November 1.

Margaret River Wine Association chief executive Amanda Whiteland said this year’s show would feature 21 judges and associates tasting, and more than 1000 entries in the two competitions.

Judges include Corrina Wright, returning for her last year as Chair of Judges, and Hong Kong’s Flying Winemaker Eddie McDougall, international judge Eddie McDougall, Ipso Facto Wines’ Kate Morgan, and Vinosense’s Dave Brookes, among others.

Langton’s Classification VII recently announced Australia’s 136 best-performing wines, including Leeuwin Estate’s famous Art Series chardonnay in the first-ever Heritage Five category, derived from the top wines within the “exceptional” category, which also features Cullen’s Diana Madeline cabernet merlot and Moss Wood’s cabernet sauvignon.

“It is fantastic to see the high quality of Margaret River wines being recognised, with four out of the 13 new entrants coming from our region, which produce less than 2 per cent of Australia’s wine,” Ms Whiteland said.

She said Margaret River wineries Leeuwin Estate, Vasse Felix, Woodlands, Deep Woods, Xanadu and Cape Mentelle also performed well in other categories.

Langton’s Classification is updated every four years.

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