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Click hear for details of a Wine Lovers Affair with Wine Judges.
Wednesday April 27th 2011

In excess of 500 wines have been entered for judging with all of these wines and more being available for tasting at the Festival. All the judging takes place at the Mercure Hotel on Monday 27th April 2009. The presentation of trophies will be held at the Presentation of Trophies Dinner on Thursday 25th June 2009.

Click here for details on the Presentation of Trophies Dinner

With wine judging, it's not a bell curve.  In any one class there can be more than one gold medal or no gold medals. All wines are judged on a 20 point scale - 3 colour, 7 for bouquet and aroma, and 10 for palate (taste).

Click here for details of Winemaking Women Dinner Monday, 27th April 2009


Welcome to our talented team of Judges, Associate Judges and Stewards, led by Master of Wine & Wine Judging Chairman, Andrew Corrigan.

Andrew Corrigan, M.W. a renowned wine writer and radio and masterclass wine speaker. Andrew is an internationally experienced wine judge and an Educator with the Institute of Masters of Wine. He has recently taken seminars for training Masters of Wine in California, Bordeaux, Spain and Melbourne (Australia).


  TEAM A led by Master of Wine, Peter Scudamore-Smith

Peter Scudamore-Smith M.W.

Peter has over 20 years winemaking and wine judging experience. As consultant winemaker. Peter has several QLD, NSW and Victorian clients. The Wine Press Club and Queensland Wine Industry Association has recognized him for his contribution to the Queensland Wine Industry. Peter was one of the first Masters of Wine in Australia achieving this in 1991. In 1999 he moved to form his own company specializing in wine production and technical style development with an emphasis on Queensland brands when this local industry started to grow quite strongly from private investment. Since then he has developed an in-depth knowledge of the grape varieties and wine styles of all the viticultural sub-districts of the south east. He is the 1985 Australian winner of the Vin de Champagne Award from the professional wine trade.

Peter commenced his wine judging interest in 1977 when asked to train as an associate judge at the annual Brisbane Royal National Association wine show and other interstate shows. Peter continued as an associate judge until 1980 and was then appointed a full judge. Since this time he has judged over 80 wine shows nation wide, some as chief judge. 1970 Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemistry) at University of Southern Queensland, 1976 Passed core subjects in Industrial Microbiology, University of Queensland, 1983 Bachelor of Applied Science, (Wine Science), at Charles Sturt University, 1987 Professional Member Australian Society of Viticulture & Oenology, in 1990 he gained a Rosemount Travelling Bursary to study for the Master of Wine exam. In 1991 he gained that ultimate honour of Master of Wine (Institute of Masters of Wine London), Australia’s second, and since is an established international wine authority. As of 2004 Australia had fifteen Masters of Wine, two of which are Queensland based.



Nina Viergutz


Currently Senior Winemaker at Andrew Peace Wines, Nina completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Science in Oenology with Honours at the University of Adelaide in 2000. During her degree she had work experience at Lenton Brae in Margaret River. She was a cellarhand at Amberley Estate also in Margaret River and was Assistant Winemaker at Andrew Peace, Piangil in 2001 and 2002. Also in 2001 she headed overseas and she was Vintage Winemaker and Cellarhand at Weingut Robert Weil, Kiedrich in Germany. In 2002 she was Vintage Winemaker and Cellarhand at Domaine Julian Meyer in Alsace.

Her Judging experience includes being an Associate Judge at the Australian Inland Wine Shows in 2004 and 2005.

Jen Pfeiffer

Growing up in a family winery from the age of 4, Jen was exposed to tastings and wine discussions from an early age. At 29, she is one of Australia’s brightest, young female winemakers. She has completed her 11th vintage as Winemaker. She is a passionate Riesling producer (and drinker), striving for a dry, minerally Austrian style. She loves Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon – aiming for wines that are richly flavoured, with an elegance of style.

She is a committee member of the Rutherglen Young Bloods whose aim is to raise the awareness of Australia’s younger generations of wine drinkers about Rutherglen’s wines. Jen has been an associate judge at the Royal Melbourne, Rutherglen and Ballarat Wine Shows. In 2005 during vintage in Beaujolais with the Saint-Charles family, owners of Chateau du Bluizard, at Saint Etienne la Varenne. Jen learned many secrets of working with Gamay, including the “pieage” technique she has used across several wines made at Pfeiffer. In 2007 Jen accepted a position with the Taylor Fladgate Partnership in Portugal, in charge of the production of port. It was at this time she fell in love with fortifieds and is well on the way to achieving her goal of becoming Australia’s Princess of Port!!!!!

  TEAM B, led by Michael Hatcher, Senior Winemaker at Hungerford Hill

Michael Hatcher

Michael began his winemaking career in 1999 with vintage at Montrose Wines in the Mudgee district. Later that year, he became Assistant Winemaker for the commercial arm of Charles Sturt University Winery, headed at that time by former Taltarni Winemaker Greg Gallagher. Two year’s later, under the guidance of former wine lecturer Andrew Birks he held the position of Winemaker and Operations Manager for Bidgeebong Wines where his association with Hungerford Hill began through his winemaking under contract. It was during this time that Michael travelled to Portugal as an Assistant Winemaker to Herdade do Esporao in the Alentejo region. He is the current Chief Winemaker for Hungerford Hill Wines he is a dedicated promoter of NSW wines.

Michael has a continued interest Judging in Australian Wine Shows including the Barossa Wine Show, The Australian Small Winemakers Show and The Royal Brisbane Wine Show to name a few. His wine tasting experience developed significantly from 2004 to 2007 while performing his duty as a Wine Buyer for the Direct Wine Marketing Company, Wine Selectors. Michael is the resident wine writer for the men’s fashion magazine, GQ.



Luke Fitzpatrick

As Chief Winemaker at Clovely Estate, Luke is a passionate believer in the Queensland industry’s future and it’s ability to produce legitimately great wines. Whilst doing a science degree at the University of Queensland, Luke went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (Wine Science) from Charles Sturt University in 2001. During his studies he worked with a number of wineries including Evans & Tate, Sirromet Wines and New Zealand’s Villa Maria Wines. After 3 years as Winemaker for Mount Avoca Vineyard in the Pyrenees, Victoria, Luke went to Clovely to conduct their first vintage as Senior Winemaker.

After returning to Mount Avoca to complete it’s vintage, Luke since 2004, has been overseeing Clovely Estate’s production from the Murgon facility and is also responsible for the output of 10 other wineries in the state.

Luke has judged at the 2006 Australian Small Winemakers Show and 2006 Mediterrranean Challenge. He’s also served as an associate judge at the Queensland Wine Awards in 2004 and 2005, the RASV Melbourne Wine Show in 2004 and 2005, and in the RASQ Wine Show and Mediterranean Challenge in 2004 and 2005.


Sally Whittaker

Sally is currently the Winemaker at Westend Estate in Griffith where she is involved in producing premium red, white and sparkling wines from both the Riverina and Cool Climate Regions. Previous to this from 1996 to 2006 she was Winemaker at Warburn Estate in Griffith.

Her Judging history began in 2005 when she completed the Advanced Wine Assessment Course at AWRI. In 2006 she judged at the NSW Wine Awards, Riverina Wine Show, Griffith, Australian Inland Wine Show, Swan Hill and the Riverland Wine Show, Berri. Sally has also travelled extensively in wine making regions overseas, taking the year off in 2007 to do so. She has also been an Associate Judge at Rutherglen.


  TEAM C, lead by Rebecca Wilson, Senior Winemaker at Bremerton Estate

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca has access to modern equipment in environmentally friendly surrounds and was named in the top five “Winestate Magazine”, Winemakers of the Year and “The Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year for Cabernet Sauvignon”, both in 2001. She was a Finalist in the Young Winemaker of the Year Competition in 2003 and has been awarded with 161 medals in the first 6 years of winemaking.

Heading the Bremerton family winemaking team, Rebecca Wilson has taken the quality of the wines to new standards. Rebecca seeks the best possible fruit from theirs and other specialized Langhorne Creek vineyards to craft traditional, full bodied, full flavoured, mouth filling Langhorne Creek wines that show a consistency of style whilst encouraging the true varietal grape characteristics to be expressed, investing heavily in a premium French & American oak program using 220 litre barriques to ensure subtle and complementary oak influences.


David Joeky


David is a winemaker at Casella wines. From a Grape Growing family in the Riverina, this influenced his involvement in working with grape growers and winemakers in the region and ultimately to completing his Winemaking Degree at Charles Sturt University in 2004. David’s role at Casella wines involves every aspect of winemaking.


Tyson Stelzer

Tyson Stelzer has written and published nine wine books. His latest project being Down to earth: Burgundy Vintage 2006. Published in 2008, the book was entirely self-funded, from airfares, accommodation and meals right through to full production, printing and distribution costs. He is a freelance writer for Wine Spectator, America’s largest selling wine publication, WBM, Australia’s Wine Business Magazine and Wine Selector. He is an online wine content writer for Visit Vineyards and ninemsn, which attracts the largest online audience of any Australian web site. He writes a page every month for Style Magazine and is the benchmark wine reviewer for WBM100. He is a contributor to The Oxford Companion to Wine Third Edition, which names him as the most prolific writer in the world on the topic of screw caps. As an international speaker, Tyson has presented at wine conferences in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan and the United Kingdom. He is a regular judge at wine shows in Australia and is a co-creator with UK wine writer Matthew Jukes of The Great Australian Red Competition. Tyson was a finalist for the International Wine and Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year 2006.


  TEAM D , lead by Rachael Gore, Senior Winemaker with Wine Network Consulting

Rachel Gore

After completing her Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Oenology in 1996 she commenced work as a cellar hand at Orlando Wyndham in the Hunter and then went to Houghton’s Winery in the Swan Valley WA until April 1997. In August 1997 she went to the Sonoma Valley in California as an Oenology intern. For the 3 months from February to April 1998 and again in 1999 she worked in the cellar and the laboratory at Wilton Estate Winery in Yenda NSW. Her job responsibilities at Heathcote Winery in May and June 1999 included amongst other things, supervising the making of Kosher wine, laboratory analysis, red pressing, pumpovers, barrel operations and general cellar duties. In her various jobs up until today she has conducted experimental trials, facilitated comparative tastings, liased with sales and marketing departments and managed contract work for other wineries. She has done everything from pest control to consultation and worked in New Zealand and Washington State in USA. All these things have consolidated her knowledge and led to her current position at Wine Network Consulting in Victoria, as a consultant to the wine and viticulture industry.


Peter Huddart


Wine Marketing Group Manager, Rutherglen Wine & Spirit Co.

Starting with Lindemans Wines in 1975, Peter went on to complete Roseworthy College and had the following years with Salisbury Estate and Bullers Wines before moving to Wine Marketing in 1985 with Rutherglen Wine & Spirit Company. This experience alone has enabled Peter to work with some of the icons of the Australian Wine Industry. In the mid nineties Peter gained extensive experience with the Victorian Wine Show from 1995 – 2001, going on to Chief Steward and finally judging. In 2001 he established RW & S Queensland with a focus on fine wine. Peter judged in the 2005 and 2007 Brisbane Fine Wine Festivals.


Angela Miranda

Angela completed her Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Oenology) at the University of Adelaide in 2002. She did some work experience at St Hallett and Orlando Wyndham Group in 1995 and worked at Miranda Wines from 1988 – 2002, as a Winemaking Trainee and in Customer Service and Cellar Door Sales, overseeing and participating in the 2000 Vintage. She worked at Pallandri Wines as Cellar Hand during Vintage, January to April 2002 and was Vintage Assistant Winemaker at Warwick Wine Estate, South Africa, from January to May 2003. She worked in the same capacity and as Laboratory Assistant at Cantina Beato Bartolomeo, in Italy from July to December 2003. From January 2005 through to now, she has worked at Richmond Grove Winery, Frescobaldi Castel Giocondo, Montana, Gisborne, Corbans of Hawke Bay, Brancott. Blenheim, and at the Horatio Project Lead (Bulk Wine System Project). She was also one of the Top 10 Finalists in the 2008 Wine Society Young Winemaker of the Year.
Associate Judges will be:

Janenne Page

Janenne has had a long association with tasting and selling wine from her early days in Fine Dining Hotels and Restaurants before moving into Fine Wine Retail sales and now in her current position with Pernod Ricard Australia she has come full circle selling wine to Hotels and Restaurants. Her passion for wine has always been evident and matching it to food a very special part of her passion. Having been involved in the Negociants working with Wine Programme for several years and working in a French Restaurant she has been fortunate to experience some wonderful imported wines which have broadened her knowledge of the wonderful wines form Australia and New Zealand. Although not having been an associate judge before she has been involved with a tasting panel selecting great drinking wines for large promotional catalogues when she was involved in independent retail marketing and sales.


Bree Boskov


On-Premise Manager with De Bortoli Wines. Certified Sommelier with International Sommeliers Guild and completed Wine and Spirit Education Trust Courses, career and studies began in Vancouver, Canada. Involved with British Columbia, Whistler and Halifax Wine Shows, educator and contributor with Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation. Recently completed Advanced Wine Assessment Course with the Australian Wine Research Institute. Consults in wine service and wine education and is a member of Sommeliers Australia Brisbane Chapter.


John Jagus


John has been involved in selling and marketing wine for the past 15 years. Currently State Manager for Eagle Vale Estate of Margaret river, John has completed several Wine Appreciation & Wine Marketing Courses. John has travelled extensively in the Wine Regions of Australia and has participated as a Steward at the Royal National Wine Show in Brisbane.


Desly Harris

Desly has been in the industry for 20 years, working in the early days for Lindemans, Southcorp, Pepper Tree, Tower and currently Kelman Vineyard and her own Consulting Business Franc Management.

Her experience has been in the Marketing, PR and Sales.

Her career highlight was working with Mr Len Evans OBE AO. Here she learnt many lessons from the great man, including how to taste and judge wine.

Vintage, University and sensory panels have also added to Deslys experience.



Gae Grant

Wine Marketing and Education with Fosters Australia.
Leading Steward with Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland.

Joanne Gillespie
Tom Condon
Mick Rutherford
Rod Yeates
Ali McCarthy
Lyn Kirner
Todd Rumble
15 sponsored trophies will be awarded at the presentation of trophies held on Thursday 25th June 2009


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The Coordination Team

Paula Tewksbury
Director – Wine Festival
Audrey Miller
Jim Miller &
Marie Pearson
Boo Brett &
Madonna Sheehy
Gabby Bradfield & Catherine Stanley


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