2016 will see the establishment of the annual Halliday Wine Companion Australian Cabernet Challenge as an extension to the Langton’s Margaret River Wine Show!
This is a truly thrilling initiative and provides an opportunity for those Australian producers of Cabernet Sauvignon to participate in a varietal challenge of great national and international interest.
Not only will the Halliday Wine Companion Australian Cabernet Challenge highlight to the world the quality of our Cabernet Sauvignon it will simultaneously reflect the uniqueness of our wine regions and their respective terroirs showcasing the distinctiveness to consumers and greater wine community alike.
In addition we are pleased to announce that James Halliday AM has agreed to be Patron of this new initiative and in doing so has said, “Cabernet Sauvignon has suffered a thousand cuts between 2004, when its crush was 319,955 tonnes, and 2015, when it had fallen to 202,672 tonnes. The silver lining is that much of the drop was of commercial grade grapes, and that there is a rapidly emerging shortage as the Chinese dragon roars for even more of our best Cabernet. So the Halliday Wine Companion Australian Cabernet Challenge, of which I am happily the Patron, comes at a crucial time, and I urge producers everywhere who are proud of their Cabernet to support this Challenge.”
From the outset the Association would like to readily acknowledge that it has borrowed heavily from the very successful James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge and their assistance along with the Yarra Valley Wine Show is greatly appreciated.
Naming rights partner of the Margaret River Wine Show, Langton’s, said that “They are delighted to support this most worthy extension to the Margaret River Wine Show. Under the Patronage of James Halliday this challenge to all will undoubtedly provide a unique platform for showcasing Australia’s most exceptional Cabernet Sauvignons…. and perhaps, Australia’s most exceptional wine?”
With the addition of the Halliday Wine Companion Australian Cabernet Challenge the venue for judging will move to the world class Wyndham Resort in Dunsborough to accommodate increased entries and their support here in agreeing to be the host for the next 3 years is also gratefully acknowledged.
Edward Tomlinson of Lenton Brae and Margaret River Wine Association Chair said, “We trust wine producers of varietal and blended Cabernet Sauvignon throughout Australia will find the creation of the annual Halliday Wine Companion Australian Cabernet Challenge of great interest. The Margaret River Wine Association looks forward to showcasing on a national and global stage the depth and breadth of Australia’s finest regional Cabernet offerings.”
The Halliday Wine Companion Australian Cabernet Challenge will take place alongside the Langton’s 2016 Margaret River Wine Show from the 31st October to 3rd November 2016 with results announced online in mid November.
Further information on the Halliday Wine Companion Australian Cabernet Challenge can be found at the soon to be live http://www.australiancabernetchallenge.com.au with entries opening mid July 2016.
For further information, please contact: Edward Tomlinson Margaret River Wine Show Chair (08 9755 6255); Nick Power, CEO, Margaret River Wine Association (0400 516 555) and Clayton Buffoni, National Business Development Manager, Langton’s (0404 221 587).