ALMOST 400 entries have been received for the 2013 Limestone Coast Wine Show, with 73 different exhibitors now striving for a trophy or medal from the prestigious event.
The results will be revealed at a trophy feast at the Naracoorte Town Hall on October 31, hosted by the Wrattonbully Wine Region.
Tickets are selling fast for the dinner, which will also feature a special presentation from 2012 Arthur Hoffman Trophy winner Ben Harris, who was the viticulturalist behind last year's Best Wine of Show, the 2010 Wolf Blass Gold Label Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon.
During July Ben travelled to Tuscany, Portugal, Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley and Burgundy as part of his prize, attending a viticultural conference and examining viticultural and management practices at individual sites.
"I wanted to look at regions with an international reputation for producing very high quality cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and shiraz; their use of different root stocks, clones and canopy management techniques, and whether they could be suitable for our own sites and climate," he explained.
Ben will share some of his discoveries over dinner, which will be matched with previous wine show trophy winners in a festive finale to three intense days of judging at the Coonawarra Hall from October 28-30.
A new Best Dry Red "Other" Trophy has attracted strong interest from producers of single varieties like merlot, sangiovese and tempranillo, but the three-year old cabernet class is again proving to be the most popular of the competition, with 42 submissions.
Limestone Coast Wine show committee member Bruce Gregory said it's not surprising given the strong performance of 2010 Limestone Coast cabernets in other wine shows.
"The Limestone Coast has been celebrating quite a few trophies for that vintage wine on the national show circuit, whether that be shiraz or cabernet or a blend of the two, so we should really expect to see some very strong wines during our own wine show," he said.
Dinner tickets for the 2013 Limestone Coast Wine Show can be purchased at limestonecoastwine.com.au
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