A panel of experts spent yesterday swirling, sniffing, sipping and spitting at Kiama Pavilion.
The Kiama Wine Show panel, led by chairman Christian Gaffey, were there to judge the best wines from the Shoalhaven, Southern Highlands and Goulburn regions
Mr Gaffey, senior procurement manager at Wine Selectors and a highly respected international judge, regards Kiama as one of the best run shows in the country.
The panel also included experienced winemakers Brendan Heath (Stanton and Killeen, Rutherglen), Daniel Binet (Ballabourneen, Hunter Valley) and Sam Miranda, who runs his own winery in Victoria’s King Valley.
They were joined by associate judges Shayne Bricker (Two Figs, Shoalhaven), Eddy Rossi (Southern Highlands Wines) and Jeremy Nascimben (Westend Estate, Riverina).
Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands heavyweights Coolangatta Estate and Tertini are likely to go head to head for the best wine of the show.
Coolangatta has long been established as one of the state’s finest wineries while Tertini has rocketed to prominence in recent years with two of its wines named this week in the NSW Top 40.
Winners will be announced tonight.
A public tasting of 120 wines will be held at Kiama Pavilion from 6pm-8pm.
Tickets at $25 also include supper and are available through the Kiama Visitors Centre.