The 2019 Wine Exhibition Dinner was held on Friday 4 October 2019. The top 3 wines from each class of the Exhibition Wine Show held in the week prior to the dinner were presented and trophies were awarded.
The Laurie Williams Trophy: Judges’ Choice for the “Best wine of the show”. Sponsored by the Macedon Ranges Shire Council
The People’s Choice “Multi-Color Corporation Trophy”: People’s choice for the “Best Wine of the Exhibition” as decided by those attending the evening.
The Gordon Knight Trophy: Awarded to the “Best winery of the show” judged by the overall score from each winery (that submit at least 3 wines for judging). Sponsored by Vintessential
Sparkling Wine (any vintage) “The Webforce5 Trophy”
Other white varieties and blends (any vintage) “The Lancefield & Romsey Community Bank, Bendigo Bank Trophy”
Chardonnay (any vintage) “The Classic Oak Trophy”
Pinot Noir (any vintage) “The Cork Supply Trophy”
Other reds or blends (any vintage) “The Midland Insurance Brokers Trophy
The judges were:
Chairperson: Melanie Chester – Chief Winemaker, Sutton Grange Wines Judges: Simon Steele – Chief Winemaker, Medhurst Wines
Patrick Eckel – Wine reviewer, winereviewer.com.au Associate Judges: Lachlan McCallum – City Wine Shop
Rohan Smith – Handpicked Wines
Rotating associate judge Chief Steward: Matt Harrop (Curly Flat Vineyard)