Saturday, July 23, 2011

Meet the Judges - McLaren Vale Pruning Championship

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Our judges for this years event were Lyndon Elliott (left) & Fred Osmond (centre), shown with Derek Cameron, each with 50 years of experience.

After the pruning competitor completed their work, Fred and Lyndon marked any faults, mistakes or errors in cutting the vine, which added a five second penalty to each competitors time.

Both Lyndon and Fred are multi-generation grape growers from McLaren Flat. Both of their families have produced the grapes behind some of the most famous labels in McLaren Vale, Hardy's Tintara and d'Arenberg.

Fred Osmond farms McLaren Vale oldest grapes, which are thought to date to the 1840's when his farm was first settled - and Lyndon's vineuyard is made into a special single vineyard wine.

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