Recently we were privileged to be asked along to look over the wine judging at the Perth Royal Show – hosted by long time wine judge, and founder of Margaret River’s Ashbrook Estate, Tony Devitt, we were given an insight into the organisation and running of WA’s premier wine show. Wines have been judged at the Royal Show since 1843, making it one of the oldest wine shows in the country.
It was fascinating to look down onto the judging floor where a 25 strong team of WA, interstate and international judges, arranged into 5 panels, assessed and marked well over 2000 entries from 267 wineries, all under the watchful eye and palate of Chief Judge, Sue Bell.
Tony gave an entertaining account of how wines are marked, the requirements for being a successful judge, and stories from his many years as a judge at the Show, as well as giving us an opportunity to turn our hands – well noses and mouths, really – to assessing a range of Rieslings selected from those entered.
The results were announced a week or so ago, with Flametree Wines a clear winner with The Lalla Rookh Trophy for Best Chardonnay, Hermitage Trophy for Best West Australian White Table Wine, Best Single Vineyard White Variety, RASWA Trophy for Best White Table Wine, Best West Australian Wine and The Portavin Integrated Trophy for Best Wine of the Show, for their Wallcliffe Chardonnay.
The Swan Valley’s Houghton’s also scooped up a pile of trophies including; RASWA Best Shiraz, Ian Smith Memorial Best 2015 Vintage Dry Red Table Wine and Heritage Trophy for Best West Australian Dry Red Table Wine and finishing up with the Bill Jamieson Trophy for Most Successful WA Exhibitor.
Another Swan Valley winery, Mandoon, picked up a trophy as the exhibitor having five or more entries judged with the highest average points.
A full rundown of all results, as well as pen pictures of the judges, is up on the Royal Show website and is well worth aa read for any wine lovers, or budding wine judges!
And remember the Royal Show runs from 23-30 September, and around the various pavilions you will be sure to find some great tasting opportunities of WA, Australian and international wines.
It is always a great event…..
We were the guests of the RASWA and Hunter Communications.