The AWAC judging panel comprises a range of experienced professionals with extensive expertise in the area of wine show judging and wine sensory assessment. Each judge, rates all of the applications based on set criteria, and ranks the applicants based on their opinion of their suitability for the scholarship.
|Associate Professor Sue Bastian
Sue is a researcher and lecturer in oenology and sensory studies and manager of the Sensory Research Facility at the University of Adelaide.
Sue conducts industry sensory training and has completed the AWRI advanced wine assessment course, judged at a number of Australian wine shows and has a small wine making business in the Adelaide Hills.
|Sue Bell – Bellwether Wine, South Australia
Sue is the Winemaker and Director of Bellwether, a small brand based in Coonawarra, making Coonawarra Cabernet, Tasmanian Chardonnay and other wines from Wrattonbully, Heathcote and the Riverland. Sue was part of the original ASVO wine show committee, she is active judge in the Australian wine show circuit at both regional and capital city shows and judged overseas. Sue started the Limestone Coast wine show and is a past chair of the Limestone Coast Grape and wine Council. Sue supports the training of future wine show judges via the AWRI AWAC course.
|Corrina Wright – South Australia
Described by WBM Magazine as a “legend in the making” and by James Halliday as being part of a “remarkable dynasty” Corrina is the Director and Winemaker (and sixth generation member) of her family’s label, Oliver’s Taranga.
She has collected a display case full of awards that would make even the most celebrated winemaker blush. She graduated from the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial in 2005, and continues to judge at numerous wine shows around Australia. Passionate about her home, her vocation and local community she has also served on the Boards of the McLaren Vale Grape, Wine & Tourism Association and the Australian Society of Viticulture & Oenology. She is currently representing the Small Winemakers on the Winemakers Federation of Australia Board, as well as being part of Australian Women in Wine Awards and Family Business Australia advisory boards. Corrina is a surf and beer widow, proud mum of two and really loves eating pig.
|Nick Bulleid M.W. – Consultant, New South Wales
Nick is an independent wine industry consultant, providing assistance with winemaking, blending, quality assessment and valuation and marketing. He has worked with grape-grower and winemaking organisations to assist them in improving their wine production and marketing methods. Nick became the third Master of Wine in Australia, passing the examination at first attempt in 1992. He has judged at most capital city wine shows in Australia and New Zealand, many regional shows and the International Wine Challenge, London. He chaired the New South Wales Wine Awards from 2001 to 2003, the Qantas Wine Show of Western Australia from 2011 to 2013 and currently chairs the Victorian Wines Show.
|David Bicknell – Victoria
David has worked three French and 21 Yarra Valley vintages since leaving Roseworthy and has held the position of Chief Winemaker at Oakridge since 2002. Since this time David has been pouring his heart and soul into producing award- winning wines for Oakridge.
With an approach to wine-making that incorporates everything from the soil type from which the vines grow to the type of music that is played during vinification, David’s ability to create remarkable wine stems from his intuition and innovative tactics, which allow him to deliver outstanding results each year.
Some of David’s achievements include: Dux of the 2005 Len Evans Tutorial, a finalist in the 2008 Gourmet Traveller Wine Winemaker of the Year Competition, a national wine show judge and co-founder of the Victorian Pinot Noir Workshop. In 2011 David was appointed as Chairman of the Judges of the Royal Melbourne Wine Show, and Chairman of the Gippsland and Orange wine show.
|Jeremy Dineen – Josef Chromy Wines, Tasmania
Jeremy Dineen, Chief Winemaker brings to the establishment extensive wine industry experience having completed numerous vintagesin Western Australia, McLaren Vale, Central Victoria and Tasmania. His intimate knowledge of Tasmanian viticulture and of the complexities associated with contract winemaking was attained during 5 vintages at Hood Wines with as many as 38 vineyards under his care.