Jake lends a hand to wine show

South Western Times

Mojo’s sommelier Jake Atkinson is to lend his expert palette to the Geographe Wine Show judging panel for the second time.

Mr Atkinson joins an expert panel which also boasts Sittella chief winemaker Colby Qurike, Margaret River winemakers Glenn Goodall and Dave Longden and professional US wine presenter Christina Pickard.

“I judged the Geographe Wine Show back in 2010 and it was actually the first time I’d acted as wine judge in any sort of official capacity,” Mr Atkinson said.

“My general approach to wine tasting is very organic so it was a pretty steep learning curve going to the 20-point judging scale.

“All of the wines in a given class are judged at the same time on appearance, aroma, palette, texture and wine making faults and given a score out of 20.”

While traditional Australian wine varieties such as shiraz and sauvignon blanc still dominate the Geographe Wine Region and the show, Mr Atkinson said he was excited about the emerging Mediterranean varieties.

“The Geographe region is starting to produce some great tempranillo and grenache wines and the Australian varieties are gaining complexity and character every year,” he said.

“I’m a massive advocate for the region and believe the local growers and winemakers are getting better and better with every vintage.”

The winners of the 11th annual Geographe Wine Show will be announced at a Gala Awards Dinner on Thursday, October 3.

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