The judges assessing the entries for the 2019 Daylesford Wine Show have national and international experience and are of the highest standard. They are very familiar with the wines from Central Victoria. The panel of judges and associates will assess every wine in each of the categories and provide confidential feedback to individual wineries on each wine entered into the show.
Victor Nash, Chairperson and Judge
I began studying winemaking in 1999 after a change of heart from Aeronautical Engineering. I have maintained a keen interest in wines of cool climates throughout my career. I have been making wine in the Strathbogie Ranges since 2002 where I head up the team at Fowles Wine. My greatest winemaking focus is on Riesling, Chardonnay and Shiraz and Cabernet. I am also working with many of the less common varieties such as Sangiovese, Grenache, Mouvedre, Tempranillo, Touriga, Sousao, Arneis, Vermentio.
At Fowles wine we make wines from all parts of Victoria, ranging from Swan Hill to the Mornington Penisnsula and everything in between.
We act as a contract winemakers to many growers in Central Victorian regions including Heathcote/Pyrenees/Goulburn Valley/Lancefield and Strathbogie Ranges. With this long history in contract winemaking I have great exposure to regional and stylisitic attributes of Victorian wines.
I have been involved with Terroir studies of Victorian Shiraz and Pinot Noir, through to alcohol sweet spot research over the years.
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I was involved with the committee (and judging) of the Victorian Wines Show from 2010, and in 2012 was appointed the Director of the Victorian Wines Show. After successfully re-establishing the Victorian Wines Show as a show of the highest standard I passed on the baton of directorship in 2015.
I have been judging at the Great Australian Shiraz Challange 2013/14/15 and was a panel chair in 2016. I am also involved in Winestate magazine panel tastings.
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Lilian Carter, Judge
Inspired by the production and enjoyment of good wine, Lilian Carter works as a winemaking consultant to support the viability of producers and enhance the experience of consumers. After completing her Oenology studies at Adelaide University, Lilian worked with top tier producers Pernod Ricard and Domaine Chandon.
She has been involved in all aspects of wine production, with some of the most well regarded global wine business’ and some of the best niche producers, in locations that have ranged from the established Yarra Valley to the wine frontier of Xinjiang, China.
Since 2012 Lilian has focused this accumulated experience on two objectives:
- Ensuring sustainability and success for small and medium sized producers that are the foundation of a diverse Australian wine industry
- Building connections and supporting the growth of the wine industry and market in China, Asia and domestically
Lilian was invited to participate in Wine Australia’s Future Leaders Program. She has completed the AWRI advance wine assessment course and been the Chair of the Victorian Wines Show Committee. Judging experience includes the Rutherglen Wine Show, Macedon Wine Show and in the Ningxia Wine Challenge as chaired by Jancis Robinson MW.
Simon Osicka, Judge
Simon Osicka works making wine and growing grapes at Paul Osicka Wines, Simon is the third generation to be involved in the business. Paul Osicka Wines is a small winery working with estate vineyards and is located at Graytown in the Eastern part of the Heathcote Wine region.
Previous to this Simon has worked as a winemaker for the Houghton Wine Company, Leasingham Wines and the Hardy Wine Company where he was the Group Red Winemaker. Simon has also worked in wineries located in Germany (The Mosel), Canada (British Columbia), Italy (Sicily) and France (Rhone Valley).
Simon is a previous Len Evans Scholar and has judged at wine shows in Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria.
Ben Kimmorley, Associate Judge
Ben Kimmorley works at Curly Flat, cool climate winegrowers situated in the Macedon Ranges. Ben has been part of the team since 2003 and is in sync with the focus of growing & making of premium Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Pinot Gris. After 17 vintages Ben is as at home in the vineyard as he is in the winery, where he is the assistant winemaker alongside Matt Harrop.
Ben has previously been associate judge at the Victorian Wine Show as well as this years Mornington Peninsula Wine Show and looks forward to the valuable experience of the Daylesford Wine Show.
CALL FOR STEWARDS
The Daylesford Wine Show needs stewards on Monday 28th October at the Lake House Terrace Room to help with the setting up, the judging and the exhibitor/public tasting.
Setting up, judging and packing up: Setting up is from 8am and judging is 9am-6pm. You need not stay all day - either morning or afternoon would be very helpful. In between pouring wines, clearing away used glasses, loading the glasswasher, etc, you can taste wines yourself and eavesdrop on the judges' deliberations. There will be a dinner on Monday evening with the judges.
If you would like to help on any of those times, please email Eric Bellchambers with your availability.
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Call - Eric on 0418 542 644