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 South Coast
Wine Show

About the South Coast Wine Show

TThe South Coast Wine Show has been held by a Committee of the Milton Show Society

for nearly 20 years now under the traditional mission of agricultural societies worldwide to identify and reward the best of breeds in regional agricultural. Milton Show Society is no different, running annually for nearly 150 years to help improve the quality of agricultural produce.

Recent years has seen the quality of regional wine on offer rising to international standards while simultaneously reflecting the changing tastes of our modern society.

The wine industry itself has also changed in the 20 years the Society has been conducting the South Coast Wine Show, more formality in judging has been introduced through Societies of Viticulture and Oenology and educational institutions throughout the world. SCWS is conducted within the guidelines set by the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation and the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology. They are the Australian grape growing and wine making industry representative bodies. These bodies define wine regions throughout Australia; SCWS covers wines produced within the South Coast Zone which comprises the Shoalhaven Coast GI region and the Southern Highlands GI region. Chairman of Judges of the SCWS for most of the 20 years has been Australia’s most awarded wine maker, David Morris of Morris Wines. He is ably assisted by internationally accredited wine judges Deb Pearce, from the Highlands and Nick O’Leary, from the Canberra wine regions. David often takes this annual opportunity to enjoy the treasures of the South Coast and Southern Highlands with his family. He has become quite the wine ambassador for the region. David acknowledged major show sponsors, Hazcorp and Bawley Liquor Barn and the generosity of the other sponsors for their support of the Show over many years.

While entries remained similar to last year, it was pleasing to see several new wineries entering the Show.

The venue at the Mollymook Beach Side Golf Club has to be the most spectacular venue  for any wine show worldwide. Especially 2017, with a wild surf pounding the shore in the background as judges concentrated on the wines. The Judging team, David, Deb and Nick gave high praise for the overall quality of the wines entered. 
The quality of the wines being judged was recognised with a high strike rate of medals.
There were:
9 Gold,  12 Silver, and 36 bronze. 
A success rate of 60% medals across a wide range; Sparkling wine, Pinot Gris, Semillon,  Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Shiraz, Tannat and Nebbiolo were all recognised with awards. In fact, all inemakers from the Region received at least one award or were very close to achieving an award winning score. 
Judging at the Show demonstrated that buyers can confidently purchase and recommend  wines from the Shoalhaven Coast and Southern Highlands regions. 
This year Judges decided to use a 20/60 point system, where each wine is individually  judged out of 20 points; medals were awarded from a potential 60 points. That is, the agreed and much discussed “totalled score” of the three judges’ individual points. 
While standout wines are awarded medals within the judging system, most judges and  wine reviewers hold the view that a point score of 40 and above for a wine shows that it is without significant faults and a 40 point wine is likely to be a drinkable wine; perhaps 
demonstrating a “dip” in bottle development at the time of tasting. The high scoring  speaks volumes for the quality of wine being made in the South Coast Region. 
This year the winemakers entering the show were able to enter wines made from grapes  grown outside the area and were acknowledged for their winemaking skills. 
In summary: the dry white classes were the strongest section of the show with nine gold
medals awarded.
The Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho and Chardonnay Classes were well made, good  commercial easy drinking style wines. 
Semillon and Riesling wines were the highlights of the Show, tunning wines of fruit  freshness, flavour and balance. The Judges were unanimous in their request to wine makers to keep up the good work. The Semillons in particular are of international gold 
medal standard demonstrating the quality of wine that can be produced from grapes  grown in the region. 
The Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc classes were generally strong with good examples  rewarded with silver medals. 
Rosé was a strong class reflecting changing consumer trends with two Silver medals  awarded to very different styles of wine. Both the drier well-structured wine and the softer fruitier styles awarded; showing the diversity of wine that is possible in this category of wine. The Judges were enthusiastic about both styles being excellent drinking in different settings. 
The Dry Red classes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin and Pinot Noir produced some quality commercial wines being awarded medals with non-medal wines being well made and representative of seasonal influences. 
The Shiraz Class was a strong class with nearly 70% of wines in the class awarded  medals. All wines were fruit driven styles of wine that the South Coast Region does particularly well. 

The “Other Dry Red Varieties” Class was a highlight of the Show with different grape  varieties being awarded medals, a gold medal to a Cabernet Franc (which one usually sees blended with other varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon) and strong Silvers awarded to Shiraz, Nebbiolo, Merlot and Tannat varieties. 
The Chief Judge and his panel of judges were enthusiastic in congratulating the makers of  the award winning wines for their fruit freshness and flavour profile in achieving medal status. 
Judges and Committee enjoyed a well-earned dinner at Cupitt’s Winery, admirably hosted  by Wally Cupitt, after judging all day. This is an important part of the Show as judges and committee have an opportunity to review winning wines from the previous year while 
enjoying a relaxed atmosphere. 
David Morris also thanked Milton Show Society’s Wine Show Sub-committee, of Tim  Gregory, Adrian and Rona Farrant, Alan Foreman, John Coburn, Barry Penfold, Peter Owen, John Goggins and John Payne for their effort and support. 

Trophies awarded were:
Best Red Wine of Show
Best White wine of Show 
SEMILLON - 2017 
Best Wine of Show
SEMILLON - 2017 
On the Friday evening the Milton Show Society invited the public to come along and try the wines the judges had previously judged. With background music by Dave Nolan the evening was a stunning success with around 100 people taking the opportunity to enjoy a 
night of fine wine, local Unicorn cheese with beach and sunset views through the  hospitality of the Golf Club. Many compliments were received by the Committee on the high quality of the wines made within the South Coast Region.
Past South Coast Wine Show Results

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