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International Cool Climate
Wine Show 2024 
Judges 

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Kirilly Gordon

Kirilly began her career in winemaking while doing work experience for a degree in Agricultural Science at the University of Melbourne in 1997.  Doing a summer of work experience with Bill Dhillon at Bindi began a fascination for growing grapes and the art and science of making wine which led to enrolling in the Charles Sturt Uni Wine Science degree and a career making wine predominantly in the cool climate wine growing regions.  

 

Many vintages later including overseas vintages in 2004 at Vie di Romans, Friuli, Italy with Gianfranco Gallo and lifelong friend Alberto Pelos (now of Murva in Udine, Friuli) making textural Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Malvasia Istriana, Friulano and Merlot and another in Cairanne, France with Morvanne Cellier at Boutinôt in 2015 making Southern Rhone red blends. 

A has a finely tuned palate and a love of fermentation of all kinds, now the winemaker for Denton Wine in the Yarra Valley and also having her own wine brand, Bowerbird Wines. Along the way, Kirilly has worked at Hanging Rock Winery with John Ellis, Provenance Wines with Scott Ireland, Galli Estate with Ben Rankin, Witchmount Estate and Bindi Wines with Michael Dhillon among others.

Wine show judging experience:

* Victorian Wine Show Associate Judge 2021 
* Eltham Amateur Winemakers Guild Show Judge 2019, 2020, 2021
* Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Certificate 3 2015
* Distinctions in Wine Sensory Evaluation CSU 2012
* Ballarat Wine Show Associate Judge 2003
* Macedon Ranges Wine Show Associate Judge 2000-2003
* Melbourne Wine Show Steward 2001

 

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Toby Stephens

After an inspiring start in fine wine retail in Perth, Toby studied Oenology at the University of Adelaide and graduated as dux in 2002.

The flying winemaker lifestyle then took hold, with vintages spanning Margaret River, Marlborough, Langhorne Creek, the Clare Valley and Corsica.

​Toby was a ‘Vin de Champagne’ winner and explored the Champagne region extensively on the back of this award. He completed the AWRI Advanced Wine Assessment course in 2004 and has been a judge for Winestate magazine and the International Cool Climate Wine Show over several years.

​Toby’s career pivoted to wine wholesale in 2006 and he became a director and state sales manager for Bacchus Wine Merchant for 12 years until December 2023. He was instrumental in selecting quality imported wines from cool climate regions including Piedmont, Val d’Adige, Central Otago, Champagne, Chablis, Alsace & Mosel.

 

In 2024, Toby completed a mini-MBA with the Australian Institute of Management, and he is now working as consultant to the wine trade under his company Vino Guru Wine Consultants. The next big wine gig is in the pipeline, but as of writing it remains confidential (watch this space).

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Chris Carpenter

Chris Carpenter is Director and Winemaker at Lark Hill Winery, a family winery established
in 1978 by Chris's parents, Sue & Dave Carpenter. Chris studied Biochemistry at ANU, Wine
Science at Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga) and has been making wine at Lark Hill
since 2003. Chris has helped transition Lark Hill from organic farming into certified Organic
& Biodynamic production and planted the first Gruner Veltliner vines in Australia in
2005. Chris was a finalist in the 2017 Young Gun of Wine Awards and recipient of the 2018
Young Gun of Wine "Danger Zone" Trophy for 'Most Adventurous Wine'.


Chris also has a long-term involvement with Australian Wine Shows, starting as a Steward at
the Canberra & Region Wine Show in 2003. Chris completed the AWRI "Advanced Wine
Assessment Course' in 2007. He has Judged at Cowra Wine Show, The International Riesling
Challenge, Canberra and Regional Wine Show, Australian Alternate Variety Wine Show,
ANZ Boutique Wine Awards and the National Wine Show.

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Iryna Semchushyn

Iryna has a passion for wine and continuously strives to broaden her knowledge in this area, having done extensive traveling worldwide to gain greater experience and to enhance the science aspect of winemaking. This allowed Iryna to work with wines from different varieties made in a wide range of styles and different wine regions. Working with Sukholymansky and Odessa Black in Ukraine, specializing in different clones of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir in Sonoma, and Italian varieties in King Valley.

While working as a sommelier, Iryan had the opportunity to visit the Italian wineries in Trento, Veneto, Tuscany, and Umbria, doing vintages in different countries throughout.

She also traveled to New Zealand, where is tasted and visited wineries in Marlborough, North Canterbury, Central Otago & Nelson.

In the USA, Iryna has traveled extensively in Sonoma & Napa County, Alexander Valley, Mendocino, and Santa Cruz.  

Iryna has had a wide-ranging education, covering many aspects of the wine, food and tourism industries, which includes gaining her Certificate WSET Level 3 and a Diploma from Flinders University, both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the National University of Food Technologies (Kyiv, Ukraine) as well as certificates from the University of Melbourne, Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and has successfully completed other training courses along the way.

Her employment history within the wine and food sphere includes many roles both withing Australia, the USA, New Zealand and the Ukraine.  She currently works at King Vally Wines, here in Victoria, as a Quality Manager and Winemaker

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Matt Lugg

Matt Lugg manages the vineyards and is winemaker for Portsea Estate, on the Mornington Peninsula. Starting in 2021, Matt has implemented a sustainability first mantra in both the winery and vineyard, endeavouring to make wines true to place.

 

Also having made wine in Burgundy, the Rhone Valley and a number of Australian wine regions, Matt brings applied knowledge to wine judging not just from previous work experience, but through also through international trade tastings and touring in countries such as France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Hungary and Romania.

Having completed a Bachelor of Wine Science at Charles Sturt University, Matt is now actively involved in the wine show circuit and looks forward to judging at the 2023 ICCWS.

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Marcus Radny

Marcus grew up around the wine growing region of Margaret River in Western Australia, and after a few years working and studying to be a sommelier in wine bars both in the Great Southern and Perth, made the move to Melbourne.

 

Marcus has spent the best part of 15 years working in high-end restaurants and hotels both across Australia and Asia. His four year stint in Melbourne's Vue de Monde as Head Sommelier set him in good stead to expand his work experience throughout the world as the Wine and Spirit Consultant for the Aman Hotel group based out of Indonesia and Tokyo.  

 

His role transitioned from wine buyer and educator to tractor driver and cellar rat around 2017 as he embarked on a mission to absorb as much knowledge in a short space of time by aligning himself with industry leaders, such as the Quealy family in Balnarring, Victoria and in the German summer of 2018 with Michael Volker of 2Naturkinder, a dogmatic, zero-zero producer, farming biodynamically and making wines with no additions whatsoever.

 

In more recent times, Marcus has worked through Germany and Australia making wine and has launched his own wine brand "Gonzo Vino" based in Mornington, where he farms 6.5 acres of 30 year old un-grafted vines organically and massages the wines to make the ultimate drink now style. Gonzo Vino is positioned as one of the leaders in boutique, high-end bag-in-box, canned and kegged wines

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