National Cool Climate Wine Show, 2018: 3 Views Wines to enter top drops

TOP DROPS: Ruth Anderson from 3 Views Vineyard has won awards for her wine at previous National Cool Climate Wine Shows and she’s trying her luck again this year. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK  091118c3views1
TOP DROPS: Ruth Anderson from 3 Views Vineyard has won awards for her wine at previous National Cool Climate Wine Shows and she’s trying her luck again this year. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK 091118c3views1

BATHURST’S 3 Views Vineyard is hoping for golden success at the upcoming National Cool Climate Wine Show (NCCWS).

Australia’s premier cool climate wine show is being held in Bathurst and will put the country’s best wines to the test in 37 classes next month.

Last year, 802 wines were entered by 151 wine makers across the country, with 341 medals awarded during judging.

No stranger to wins at the NCCWS, 3 Views Vineyard has previously scored medals and trophies for a range of its wine varieties.

The National Cool Climate Wine Show will celebrate its 20th year and organiser Michelle Kerr said the milestone show would be bigger than ever with wine entries open until Friday, September 14.

It’s a fantastic show [and] very good benchmarking for your wines nationally.

Ruth Anderson from 3 Views Vineyard

“We’ve got a new venue and our judges are coming from all states of Australia and a judge from New Zealand,” she said.

Ms Kerr said cool climate wines were very “on trend” at the moment.

The grapes’ long growing season, in an altitude  of at least 600 metres, resulted in a wine that was delicate, balanced and without too much fruit sweetness or oak maturation.

She said the NCCWS’s relocation from Bathurst Showground to Panthers Bathurst this year would give the judges a climate-controlled environment that would allow for a more accurate assessment of each wine.

Owner of 3 Views Vineyard Ruth Anderson will enter her 2018 riesling, 2018 chardonnay and one of her cabernet malbec merlot blends in this year’s show.

“It does help you learn, but our winemakers are pretty good,” she said of the region.

“It’s a fantastic show, the fact that there are so many entries year after year and it’s very good benchmarking for your wines nationally.”

During the 2015 NCCWS, her 2014 Riesling was awarded Champion Local Wine of Show.

“I don’t think the riesling’s ever been any lower than a silver,” Ms Anderson said.

The NCCWS runs from October 16-19, with the hugely-popular public tasting event on Friday, October 19 from 6pm-9pm.

Tickets to the public tasting are $40 each and entry allows people to try all wines entered in the show.

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