30 May 2016

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Wine makers show class THE public “turned out in droves” for open tastings at last week’s 16th International Cool Climate Wine Show at Mornington Racecourse. More than 400 wines over many classes – with 20 per cent coming from the Mornington Peninsula – had earlier been appraised by a team of judges. Cool climate wines are produced on the peninsula by 170 wineries and sold through 50 cellar doors. Wine lovers at the show had the chance to compare and contrast these varieties with cool climate wines from around the world. The public tasting added a touch of mystery, with wine lovers bravely wending their way through a field of up to 600 masked wines, testing their tastebuds and then checking their catalogues to help identify class and entry number with type of wine, vintage and estate of origin. Winemakers say the peninsula’s maritime climate has a special effect on its wines, helping them produce some of the world’s finest cool climate varieties with outstanding flavours, balanced acidity and fine tannins. The Cool Wines Public Tasting and Cool Wines Awards explored wines from 2012-2015 (and older vintages in some classes), compared wines of the same grape variety from different regions, and focused on wines from specific regions or vintages. “Cool climate wines are rapidly capturing the hearts and minds of wine enthusiasts,” International Cool Climate Wine Show project manager James Baldwin said. “The latest trends and winning wines from leading cool climate wine regions in Australia and overseas were revealed.” About 20 competition classes, included sparkling wines, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, riesling,

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Class of their own: Head steward Phyllis Scales and International Cool Climate Wine Show chairman Kevin Wyatt taste their way through the classes of wine entered in this year’s show Mornington Racecourse last week. Picture: Gary Sissons

pinot noir, and shiraz, were assessed by an experienced 12-member team led by master of wine Meg Brodtmann. She presented the gold medal and announced trophy winners, along with her personal selection of unusual, interesting and trend-setting wines, on Friday night. The wine show is internationally recognised as Australia’s foremost show for inspirational cool climate wines, Mr Baldwin said. “Many are from smaller vineyards where grapes are handpicked and wines handcrafted by winemakers with a passion for exploring terroir and the true expression of the grape. “For winemakers, this was an opportunity to benchmark in a show where like is judged against like, where elegant wines with restrained fruit are seen at their best, and where diversity is encouraged and rewarded. “For fine wine retailers, restaurateurs, sommeliers, wine educators and wine enthusiasts, this was an opportunity to taste the extraordinary breadth and depth of cool climate wines.” Stephen Taylor

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Solstice at Flinders GUITARIST Matthew Fagan and pianist Daniel Tucceri will perform Solstice, 3pm, Sunday 19 June at St John’s Church, Flinders. It’s being billed as a concert of classical music at its emotive and technical best – a musical journey into our mythology and a rediscovery of ancient music, using acoustic instruments from Celtic and Classical to Romantic traditions. Solstice will feature the works of classical masters Vivaldi, Beethoven, Rodrigo, Bach and Paganini, with new arrangements for 10 and six-string Spanish guitar and piano. Master works from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Rodrigo’s Spanish guitar masterpiece Concierto de Aranjuez will be played. Doors open at 2.30pm to the church, 23 King St. Book at trybooking.com/LQXM, call 0438 881 985 or email: mjb2fagan@gmail.com Tickets: $30 ($25 concession); $15 for under-16s and $50 family (two adults and two children). For special seating arrangements, including wheelchair access and companion tickets, call 0438 881 985.

THE City of Frankston Bowling Club is hosting Try Bowls days on the first Sunday of each month, 10am-noon, until August. “This is a new activity in our bowls program and all are invited to attend,” club member Paul Lambert said. Bowls is played socially and competitively by all age groups – from teenagers to grey haired warriors. The club offers free bowls, tuition if required and free tea/coffee and cake afterwards. Those attending should wear flat-soled shoes or runners. Bookings are not required although a call to John on 0418 331 377 is advised. The club is on the corner of Yuille and William streets, Frankston.

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Crash man hurt A CARRUM Downs man in his early 20s may have blacked out before colliding with another car at the intersection of Ballarto and McCormack’s roads, Skye, 6pm, Sunday 22 May. Sergeant Patrick Hayes, of Frankston police, said the man, travelling west in a Commodore and about to turn into McCormick’s Rd, received life-threatening injuries in the smash with a woman and her husband and young child in a Ford. The man was cut free by Frankston SES and Skye CFA crews and taken by ambulance to The Alfred hospital. The woman, 35, received neck pain and was taken to Frankton hospital. Her husband and child were unhurt.

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