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.
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
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
18:2 TILBA VALLEY WINES
CABERNET FRANC – ORANGE 2016
Best White wine of Show
5:8 COOLGANATTA ESTATE
SEMILLON - 2017
Best Wine of Show
5:8 COOLANGATTA ESTATE
SEMILLON - 2017