450 fine local wines to be judged at Limestone Coast Wine Show

JUDGE: Chair of Judges Corrina Wright.
JUDGE: Chair of Judges Corrina Wright.

There is less than a week to go until the corks and caps come off for the Limestone Coast Wine Show's highly anticipated 20th anniversary event.

More than 450 bottles of the region's finest wine will face three days of close scrutiny at Penola's Rymill Hall from October 19-21.

Travel restrictions have prompted some changes to the judging line-up, with 2019 Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology Winemaker of the Year Corrina Wright taking on the role as chair.

The high-profile McLaren Vale winemaker and Olivers Taranga director last judged at the Limestone Coast show 15 years ago when prominent wine critic James Halliday chaired the event.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the changes over that time in terms of new producers and production methods, and generally spending some time immersed in the region," Corrina said.

The Limestone Coast Wine Show's Lauren Hansen says the committee is thrilled that Corrina has agreed to shuffle her schedule to come on board.

"Corrina has long held leadership positions within the Australian wine judging community, chairing the Geelong and Riverland Wine Shows and the Perth Royal Wine Awards, and she also spent three years as Chair of Judges at the Margaret River Wine Show from 2017-2019," she said.

"In addition, she has served on the boards of the Winemakers Federation of Australia, the McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association, the Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology and as a Future Leaders alumni.

"Corrina has shown her commitment to industry in many different ways, and we will certainly benefit from her expertise."

Other prominent industry leaders to accept the late call-up and join the 17-member SA-based panel include; Riverland winemaker Paul Kernich, the Barossa Valley's Fiona Donald and Corey Ryan, and white and sparkling specialist Trina Smith.

The trophy winners will be revealed at a presentation feast on Thursday, October 21 at The Barn, which is being hosted by the Mount Gambier Wine Region.

Tickets are still on sale for the event, with bus transport available from Naracoorte and Penola - click here to book.

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