The Judges

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2021 JUDGES

CHIEF JUDGE:
RUSSELL CODY | Calabria Family Wines & McWilliams Wines | Senior Commercial & Export Winemaker

‘Be prepared for hard work as it is not all beer and skittles. Fine wine takes time and lots of hard yakka!’
Russell speaks with some authority. He started his winemaking career in 1989 and joined the celebrated McWilliam’s team back in 1995. Twenty odd years on, Russell is a senior winemaker, wine judge and one of the most respected wine experts in the industry.
He is also a winemaker with a clear philosophy ‘great wines are made in the vineyard’ he states. Russell places strong emphasis on good vineyard management practices, and to sourcing the most appropriate, high-quality fruit available. This philosophy marries with Russell’s continuing passion for the Australian wine industry, as he says ‘we are still in an exciting early phase of making great table wine in Australia as we continue to pioneer the best varieties in each region that suits them’.

ANNABEL HOLLAND | First Creek Wines 

ANDREW HIGGINS | Tamburlaine Wines

CHRIS CARPENTER | Lark Hill Wines

MONICA GRAY | Winemaker

BRENDAN KACZOROWSKI | Keith Tulloch Wines

STEPHANIE LUCAS | Casella Wines

 

ASSOCIATE JUDGES

Jaden Hall | Mount Pleasant Wines
Thomas Dunstan | Bunnamagoo Wines