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Maurice Lay from MAP Bottling, Daniel Pinelli from Pinelli Estate Wines and Swan Valley Wine Show Chairman of Judges John Hanley at the awards night. Picture: JESSICA WYLD PHOTOGRAPHY

Talijancich on a high as Dinneen wins spirit award

TALIJANCICH Wines scooped the 2016 Swan Valley Wine Show winning the best fortified wine award and the Singapore Airlines best wine of the show with their Julian James White Liqueur NV.

The winery also won the most successful producer and City of Swan awards.

Pinelli Estate Wines took home four trophies including awards for the best Swan Valley table wine, best dry white table wine and the Chairman’s Trophy.

Mandoon Estate won the best dry red table wine, best shiraz and best dry red table wine (grown outside the greater Perth zone).

The Swan Valley & Regional Winemakers Association Spirit of the Swan Award was posthumpously awarded to Swan Valley wine ambassador and wine judge Alan Dinneen.

In his speech fellow judge David Watson said it was fair to say that Mr Dinneen’s commitment to judging, promoting and selling Swan Valley wines had helped in no small measure to raise the standard of Swan Valley wines during the past 25 to 30 years.

Mr Watson said when Mr Dinneen was younger his family had bought a liquor and grocery store in Guildford, which was now known as Chateau Guildford.

“Alan joined his parents in running the business and was also joined by his brother Patrick Dinneen who remains with the business after more than 42 years of trading,’’ he said.

Alan Dinneen completed a wine marketing degree with Roseworthy Agricultural School in 1990 and attended the Australian Wine Research Institute advanced wine sensory perception course in Adelaide.

In 2000, he was awarded the George Mulgrue medal by the Wine Press Club of WA in honour of his efforts in promoting WA wines, “making an outstanding contribution to the knowledge and understanding of wine in Western Australia”.

He started wine judging in September 1990 at the Royal Perth Wine Show and judged at many shows up until 2015, including the Swan Valley Wine Awards, Swan View Annual Show and the Margaret River Wine Show.

“Judging was a passion with him, as he gave all his time free of charge, taking leave of absence from his busy shop life to officiate in shows, often as Chief Judge for the smaller Western Australian wine shows.

“After WA, his favourite wine show was the Rutherglen Show, where he could further explore the fortified wines and their similarities and differences with those made in his beloved Swan Valley.

“Judging with him was a pleasure, even if there were some mild disagreements on wine styles, where he did not mind a bit of ‘Funkiness’.

“He became a member of the Swan Valley Vintners Club in the early 1980s, and served as winemaster and assistant winemaster for over 20 years.

“A studious and particular man, he immersed himself into the history, stories and vintages of the wines of the world, especially bordeaux and burgundy, and of the latter became somewhat of an expert.

“As far as the Swan was concerned he particularly loved the chenins and verdelhos, reckoning them as the best of their type in Australia, and stocked a fair selection of them at Chateau Guildford.’’

Mr Watson said for more than 30 years the family shop had provided sales and exposure to the wines of WA, and in particular to the wines of the Swan Valley.

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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