The Hunter Valley Wine Show – one of the most prestigious and oldest events of the country – has taken place annually since 1974. It’s a celebration of the revered Hunter Valley, aiming to both examine and showcase the exceptional quality of wines being crafted in the region. The judging for the 2018 show commenced on August 20 and went on on till August 22. There are three different judging panels – with experienced individuals from near and far sniffing and tasting up to 130 entries each day.
The international judge this year is Corrine Mui, COO and Senior Wine Educator at Asia Wine Service and Education Centre. She’s Wine Australia’s Asian “Wine Ambassador”, a panel speaker for the James Halliday China roadshows, and has been judging wine tournaments across the globe for more than 10 years.
Heading the panel is the winner of the 2017 James Halliday Award for the Australian Winemaker of the Year – Sarah Crowe. She’s a stalwart winemaker at Yarra Yering. Sarah’s taking over from one of her very first mentors – PJ Charteris, who’s been on the judging panel since 2015.
David Flynn, President of the Hunter Valley Wine Show, is confident that the event will be a beacon for exceptional quality wines and skilled winemakers of the Hunter Valley. With the place being the oldest continuous grape cultivating region in Australia, this yearly wine celebration is the perfect opportunity to showcase its incredible wine varietals and blends.
The team of judges put together to take on this mammoth task of sampling so many unique and innovative wines brings on board tremendous experience along with their diverse palates. They believe that it’s a highlight to have Sarah as the Chair of Judges, since she brings a dynamic yet balanced approach to the tournament with her in-depth knowledge of the renowned Hunter Valley.
After the judging process completes on August 22, the results for the Hunter Valley Wine Show 2018 will be announced two days later. This event is expected to take place at the Clear Image Hunter Valley Wine & Tourism Association Celebrations luncheon at Oaks Cypress Lakes.