THE Dookie Wine Show ‘Wine of the Show’ was unveiled last week. Held in partnership with GOTAFE, the 15th awards dinner event at the MacIntosh Centre was sold out and was a great success. Dookie Wine Show chairman and Phillips Cellars business owner, Paul Phillips thanked GOTAFE for their ongoing partnership.
Chris Bennett of Antcliff’s Chase entered the Dookie Wine Show for the first time and was awarded ‘Wine of the Show’ with their 2017 Riesling.
Paul said, “This year the Dookie Wine Show has bucked the trend. With most wine shows over the last year entry numbers are less and the number of wineries entering have been steadily reducing… but not our show. This year we have had an increase in both the number of entries and the number of wineries. It seems now after all these years we have some credibility in the wine industry with wineries willing to support their region and their local wine show. So thanks to the 31 local wineries that submitted their wine for judging which saw 100 entries comprising of 32 different grape varieties.
“The judges were surprised by the increased number of entries and wineries supporting this wine show. Overall the judges we happy with the quality of reds submitted with shiraz and cabernet being the two outstanding red varieties. However this year the judges were very surprised by the number of white wine entered and even more surprised by the quality white wines…especially the rieslings, which they said would hold there own up against the best in Australia.
“I would also like to thank our sponsors the Graham Family, Cameron Lawyers, Brokerhouse, University of Melbourne Dookie College Campus, Inhospitality, Pinnacle Financial Planning and The Adviser.”