Excited judges to taste-test 208 wines

Callum HunterSouth Western Times
Associate judge Genevieve Mann and chief judge Julian Langworthy help make the finishing set up touches before judging.
Camera IconAssociate judge Genevieve Mann and chief judge Julian Langworthy help make the finishing set up touches before judging. Credit: South Western Times, Callum Hunter

Judging for the 2019 Geographe Wine Show started on Wednesday with judges set to work their way through more than 200 different wines.

Event coordinator Jo O’Dea said this year’s show was on track to sell out like it did in 2018.

“We’ve got 208 wines to judge, we’ve got a panel of five judges from literally all over the country, they’re some of the best judges in the industry,” she said.

Two of those judges are Margaret River-based experts Julian Langworthy and Genevieve Mann, who will serve as chief and associate judges respectively.

Mr Langworth said 2019 was his second year as the chief judge of the event. Both judges agreed they were excited to be a part of the show.

“We’re looking for wines that have lovely colour, beautiful aroma and delicious drinkability,” Mr Langworthy said.

“They have to be balanced, expressive and hopefully really interesting.”

Mrs Mann said this was her first time judging at the show and that she was intrigued by the amount of varieties of wine.

“I think someone said there were 43 different varieties which I think is pretty high and unique,” she said.

Judging will continue through today before the event culminates in the gala dinner where the winners will be announced.

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