Friday May 3 saw 300 grape growers and winemakers come together for the 2019 Multi-Colour Langhorne Creek Wine Show. Exhibitor Tasting took place at the local Memorial Hall, followed by a luncheon at Lake Breeze Wines catered by award-winning chef Simon Burr.
The show received 204 entries from 34 producers. The 2019 panel of judges consisted of Chair of Judges, Charlie Seppelt, Kerri Thompson of KT Wines, and international judge China Wine Expert, Fongyee Walker MW.
Langhorne Creek cabernet was again recognised as the region's tower of strength, with the pre-eminent trophy for Champion Wine of Show being awarded to Lake Breeze 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon.
"Regional shows exemplify the bloodline of Australian wines and the shows bring in highly credentialed local and international judges with exceptional knowledge like KT and Fongyee," Charlie Seppelt said.
Charlie praised the red wines from the day, in particular the dry reds of the 2016 vintage. "The drum of Cabernet, Shiraz and Malbec continues to beat in Langhorne Creek. We could not ignore the depth and capacity of these wines."
Langhorne Creek Wine Show's International Judge Fongyee Walker was equally impressed with the quality of wine.
"The Langhorne Creek Wine Show has been a fantastic opportunity to explore the range of styles and wines that this region has, it has been an immense surprise to find out about the rich history of the region and the invaluable contribution that it has made to the world of Australian wine."
Fongyee's International Judge's Award went to Kimbolton's The Rifleman Shiraz 2016, and Producer of the Year was awarded to Bremerton Wines.
Temple Bruer Senior Viticulturist Barrie Williams was presented with the Viticulturist of the Year award and particularly recognised for his adoption of technologies for reducing energy usage, zero carbon farming practices, smarter compost management and his focus on future water security in the Langhorne Creek region.
Lake Breeze's success at the Langhorne Creek Wine Show has been nothing short of outstanding. Lake Breeze's Cabernet has been awarded the Champion Wine, six out of the past ten years.
This year, Stuart Purdie from Multi-Color Corporation labels presented Winemaker, Greg Follett the Champion Wine of Show trophy.
"Cabernet Sauvignon continues to be the stand out variety from our vineyard, with the last 12 vintages being awarded 24 trophies and 55 gold medals at wine shows around Australia," Greg said.
"The family have high expectations for our wines at our local show each year and fortunately this year we've come up with the goods again!"
Greg collected three other trophies, which included the Best Cabernet Sauvignon for the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, the Best Red Blend for the 2016 Bernoota, and the Best Museum Wine for the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Follett family and Lake Breeze team were on hand to proudly watch proceedings unfold, along with a crowd of 300 guests in a huge marquee on the stunning lawns at Lake Breeze.