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EXHIBITS OF WINE [From the Maitland Mercury]
Prizes won by Jean Emile Serisier

The Evening News of Saturday reports as follows on the exhibits of wine :

In this very difficult section the steward was Mr. O. Rich, and the judges were Messrs. D. N. Joubert, E. Sahl, and E. Dangar. The exhibits came from Singleton, Denman, and Goulburn Rivers, Dubbo, Campbelltown, Inverell,  and California. The principal exhibitors and prize takers were Mr. J. E. Serisier, of Eumalga, near Dubbo ; Mr. A. Munro, Bebeah, Singleton ; and Mr. C. Brecht, Rosemount, Denman and Goulburn rivers.  The other exhibitors were Mr. E. Fowler, of Eschel Park, Campbelltown ; Mr. Jacob Leitz, of Inverell ;and Mr. Westgarth, the agent for the Californian exhibitors.

From this list it will be seen that, though there were fifty or sixty exhibits in the various classes of the section, some of the best wine-growers in the colony did not exhibit. Notwithstanding the vast quantity made, there was not a single bottle from Albury, or from Maitland.

The exhibits in light wines were not numerous. In class 331, for the best light wine not older than the 1873 vintage, there were some excellent samples. Mr. Munro had two pineau and one shiraz. Mr. Brecht had two of Shepherd's reisling, and Mr. Serisier a shiraz. In class 332, for the best light wine, older than the vintage of 1873, Mr. Munro exhibited a pineau, a shiraz, and a mixture of pedro ximenes with pineau, three samples altogether. His rival in this class was Mr. Brecht, who exhibited one sample of Shepherd's reisling. In class 333, for the best full bodied white wine, not older than 1873 vintage, Mr. Munro exhibited a pineau, Mr. Brechta reisling and a muscatel, two samples, and Mr.Serisier an 1874 reisling. In class 334, for the best full-bodied white wine older than 1873, Mr. Munro had a sample of pedro ximenes, and pineau, and Mr. Brecht a reisling, and a hermitage. In class335, for the best light red wine, Mr. Munro had four exhibits, hermitage, verdot, and black Spanish (2) ; Mr. Brecht one, a burgundy and hermitage, and Mr. Serisier one, a lambrusquat. In class 336, for the best light red wine, older than the vintage of 1873, Mr. Munro and Mr. Brecht competed, by the former showing against the latter's hermitage. In class 337, for the best full-bodied red wine, not older than the vintage of 1873, Mr. Munro showed samples of malbec and black Spanish. Mr. Brecht, of hermitage mixed with burgundy; and Mr. Serisier a verdot. In class 338, for best full-bodied red wine, older than the 1873 vintage, Messrs. Munro and Brecht each showed hermitage. In class 339,for the best sweet white wine, not older than vintage of 1873, Mr. Serisier was the only exhibitor; and for the same description, older than 1873, in class 340, Mr. E. Fowler, of Eschol Park, Campbelltown, was also the only exhibitor. There were no exhibits of sweet red wine in classes 340 and 341.

The additional prizes were not well contested. For the best wine made from the reisling grape unblended, Mr. Brecht and Mr. Serisier contested. For the best wine made from verdeilho unblended, Mr. Fowler was alone represented by two samples, vintages1869 and 1870. For the best wine made from white hermitage Mr. Fowler had a single exhibit. For the best wine from the red hermitage, Mr. Munro and Mr. Brecht showed samples. For the best wine made from burgundy or pineau, Mr. Serisier showed one sample from Eumalga. Among the non-competitive wines was a sample of a dozen colonial wine, vintage 1864, shown by Mr. Jacob Leitz, of Inverell; and the Californian exhibits, fourteen varieties shown by Mr. Westgarth. These latter included champagne, muscatel, reisling, port, sherry, old malaga, angelica, - judging from the excellent samples shown by Mr. Serisier, it appeared that he would have little difficulty in clearing off his large stocks at the extremely moderate rates - which are catalogued. The same remarks applied to the wines of Mr. Munro and Mr. Brecht, only these latter will commend themselves to persons of different temperaments and acquired tastes. Altogether we have no reason to be displeased with the wine display of 1875.