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MAKERS of Heathcote’s famous Shiraz are busily preparing their entries for the 2014 Saint Martin Heathcote Wine Show at the end of the month.

The second annual show will see wineries from across Victoria and beyond put their Heathcote-grown Shiraz and other varieties before an expert judging panel chaired by Australian wine authority Brian Walsh.

Judging commences on Thursday 31 July ahead of the awards dinner on Saturday 2 August.

Walsh, the former director of winemaking with Yalumba and the nation’s leading judge of more than 30 years was earlier appointed interim chairman of the new Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA).

With a panel of six other industry experts, Walsh will help select the region’s top wines and name the 2014 winner of the show’s premier Heathcote Grand Terroir trophy.

Among wineries vying for the top award will be Sanguine Estate, last year’s winner when its Progeny Shiraz demonstrated the highest quality and style consistency across three Shiraz wines spanning a minimum of four vintages for one wine label.

Wine show chairman Graeme Quigley said the reputation of Heathcote wines had helped to quickly put national attention on the event.

“We held our wine show for the first time last year and now all eyes in the industry are on what new and exciting wines will come to the judges’ attention in 2014,” Quigley said.

“That level of engagement has helped us assemble one of the nation’s finest judging panels and will continue to grow the great Heathcote wine brand.”

Quigley said entries were expected to be similar to last year’s show and over the coming weeks, wineries will be lodging their wines ahead of the judging sessions.

“To see hundreds of bottles from one region lined up on tables at the Heathcote RSL Hall helps us all realise the value and importance of the wine industry to this region,” Quigley said.

A public tasting of wine show entries will be held between 4pm and 6pm before the dinner on Saturday 2 August.

For further information contact: Chris Earl

Executive officer, Heathcote Winegrowers’ Association

P: 0419 549 743

E: chris@heathcotewinegrowers.com.au