Top drops face top judges

GOOD TASTING: Heathcote Wine Hub manager Steve Oates will have the entrants for this week's Heathcote Wine Show on display. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

GOOD TASTING: Heathcote Wine Hub manager Steve Oates will have the entrants for this week's Heathcote Wine Show on display. Picture: LIZ FLEMING

AUSTRALIA'S top wine judges won't have the region's best shiraz all to themselves at this weekend's Heathcote Wine Show.

The show will include a public tasting on Saturday of more than 240 wines, each produced from grapes in the Heathcote wine region.

Australia's leading wine judge for more than 30 years Brian Walsh will spearhead the judging team as they make their way through the region on Thursday and Friday deciding the gold, silver and bronze winners.

Heathcote Wine Show chairman Graeme Quigley said it was an important weekend for winegrowers and the wider Heathcote region.

"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," he said.

"That level of engagement has helped up assemble one of the nation's finest judging panels and will continue to grow the great Heathcote wine brand."

Wine judge Brian Walsh, who was recently appointed interim chairman of the Australian Grape and Wine Authority, will join six other industry experts to select the top wines in Heathcote.

Wineries across Victoria and beyond will have their best Heathcote-grown shiraz tested by judges between July 31 and August 2 for gold, silver and bronze medals.

The public will then have the opportunity to sample the wines at a tasting between 4pm and 6pm on Saturday at the Heathcote RSL Hall.

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