Wine awards online this week

Augusta Margaret River Times
Hazel's Vineyard, previously known as Rocky Road Vineyard, has attained biodynamic certification. Photo: Supplied
Camera IconHazel's Vineyard, previously known as Rocky Road Vineyard, has attained biodynamic certification. Photo: Supplied

The region’s wine lovers can tune into the annual Margaret River Wine Show this Thursday from 7pm.

The 19th annual show is a virtual affair this year due to COVID-19.

A strong field of finalists will contend for coveted artisan-made trophies across all categories.

The big prize – the 20202 Lifetime Achievement Award – will got to Dorham Mann OAM for his critical role in helping the early pioneers in Margaret River.

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Mann helped many with their site selections and early plantings, including Sandalford and Cape Mentelle.

The finalists in the Excellence Awards categories include:

Viticultural Excellence Award – sponsored by Happs Wines

• Mike Gray – AHA Viticulture

• Dave Moulton – Cape Mentelle

Wine Tourism Excellence Award – sponsored by Margaret River-Busselton Tourism Association

• Ashlee Heard – Evans & Tate

• Paris Hokin – Arlewood Estate

• Grace Pigram – Vasse Felix

Show judging takes place Monday to Wednesday at the Margaret River Heart with more than 100 exhibitors submitting 656 Margaret River wines.

Judging this year is an all-star WA-based panel including:

• Cliff Royle (Chair of Judges) - Flametree Wines, Margaret River

• Andrew Dawson - St Johns Brook, Margaret River

• Arch Kosovich - John Kosovich Wines, Swan Valley

• Cath Oates - Oates Ends, Margaret River

• Damian Hutton - Nikola Estate, Swan Valley

• Emma Farrelly - State Buildings, Perth

• Erin Larkin - Wine Writer/Wine Professional, Perth

• Kim Horton - Willow Bridge Estate, Geographe

• Rob Dilletti - Castle Rock Estate, Great Southern

• Ryan Aggiss - Aravina Estate, Margaret River

• Severine Logan - Calneggia Family Vineyards, Margaret River

• Tim Lovett - Leeuwin Estate, Margaret River

• Virginia Willcock - Vasse Felix, Margaret River

Check out the Margaret River Wine Association’s Facebook page for the live feed on Thursday.

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