Hundreds of South Australia’s best wines have been put to the test at TAFE SA’s Regency Campus this week as part of the Adelaide Review’s 2017/18 Hot 100 Wines.
Nineteen judges from across the country, including sommeliers, winemakers, chefs, journalists and retailers, started the mammoth task of tasting the record-breaking 1,338 wines entered in the competition, on Monday 30 October 2017.
The Hot 100 Wines is a celebration of South Australia’s most drinkable wines and TAFE SA has been a major sponsor of the event since 2009, providing its Regency International Centre for the week long judging process as well as hospitality students to support with stewarding.
TAFE SA Hospitality Studies Lecturer Lachlan Harris said 14 Certificate III Hospitality students have been involved in stewarding and two Certificate II Cookery students have helped industry chefs prepare lunch during the event.
“Our students helped to deliver 22 pallets of wine – 5,320 bottles in total – into the wine room, which then had to be unpacked and sorted into tasting categories,” Lachlan said.
“They have poured, cleaned and replaced glassware for each tasting flight, with more than 1,800 glasses used for each of the three-and-a-half tasting days.
“It is experience and exposure to a unique function and a chance to interact with industry professionals, work in a team environment and directly apply the knowledge from their lessons.”
This year the students were also treated to a short masterclass about the science behind wine tasting by Chief Judge and Winemaker Peter Dredge.
Judging wraps up today (2 November 2017), with the overall winner and top 10 wines announced at the Awards Night and Magazine Launch at the Old Regent Cinema on Friday 8 December 2017.
Find out more about the Hot 100 Wines or TAFE SA's Hospitality courses.
TAFE SA Hospitality student stewards for the 2017/2018 season: Jacob Pilcher, Ognyen Olujic, Dylan Chan, Shaun Herrick, Beth Adams, Sanjeet Thapa, Madoka Sano and Sim Hee.