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Final opportunity for NZ wines to enter Sydney International Wine Comp

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Entries are set to close in two weeks for the 40th Sydney International Wine Competition - the only international wine show that judges all its finalists in combination with appropriate food.

Last year, New Zealand wineries took out the honours for most successful winery (Yealands) and the two most successful wines (Akarua - RUA Pinot Noir 2017 and Brancott Estate Letter Series O Chardonnay 2017) of the Competition.

The Competition is open for entries until 2 September and wine producers from around the world are invited to participate, with entries capped at a total of 2000 wines to ensure the most rigorous judging process.

After initial tastings, some 400 wines will be set aside for re-judging with appropriate food, leading to about 250 wines being awarded Top 100, Blue Gold and Gold medals, along with 25 trophies, which will include - for the very first time - a trophy named in honour of the Competition’s founder, Warren Mason, who passed away earlier this year.

Competition convenor, Brett Ling, said that with Warren’s passion for good Chardonnay, it was appropriate that the Fuller Bodied Dry White trophy should be renamed as the Warren Mason Memorial Trophy for Best Fuller Bodied Dry White.

"The Trophy will recognise not just his contribution to the Sydney International Wine Competition, but his wider contribution to making wine competitions more relevant for consumers by introducing appropriate foods to be judged alongside the wines, which is how most wine is consumed," said Brett Ling.

International representation in the Competition is set to continue to grow, with entries submitted from most major wine-producing countries, as well as some of the smaller countries such as Georgia, considered by many as the birthplace of wine.

Judging will take place in October, and provisional award and trophy winners announced at the start of November.

Online entries can be made via the competition’s website which contains full details of the judging criteria and judges’ comments on all award winners from last year’s competition.

With no minimum production requirements, this show is particularly applicable to experimental and small makers to test their wines alongside wines from major producers.

This year’s competition will once again be chaired by an international panel of highly experienced and credentialed judges, including six Masters of Wine.

Chair of Judges, New Zealand's Warren Gibson, will judge his 11th SIWC and he will be supported by Andrea Pritzker MW, Stuart Halliday, Toni Paterson MW, Brent Marris, Dr Sue Bastian, Martin Williams MW, Bree Boskov MW, Mike DeGaris, Corey Ryan, Emma Jenkins MW, Bryan Currie, and Jennifer Docherty MW.

Renowned chef Michael Manners alongside Marcel Kustos from Adelaide University will once again partner to design dishes styled to complement the various wine categories being judged.

A new upgraded website has been launched for the Competition to enable consumers to review the comments of all judges and pair the individual wine with the dish it was judged alongside, with the aim of helping educate consumers about food/wine matching.

To ensure optimum judging conditions, a new cool room is now fully operational at the judging venue in the Blue Mountains to ensure that wines remain at a constant temperature from the moment they arrive.

Entry forms now available:

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