A Tasmanian pinot noir the top drop at the Sydney Royal in 2013

Results are in for the 2013 Macquarie Sydney Royal Wine Show

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A pinot noir lineup

A pinot noir lineup [©AusCellarDoor]


Chardonnay, semillon, pinot noir and sparkling were the stand outs at the 2013 Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show, demonstrating the strength of the Australian wine industry.

Pinot noir impressed the judging team of 33 senior and associate judges with Tasmania’s Bay of Fires leading the way with its 2011 Pinot Noir which collected the coveted Macquarie Group Perpetual Trophy for Best Wine of the Show.

The same drop was also awarded the Dr Gilbert Phillips Memorial Trophy for the Best Red Wine of Show and the Geoffrey Crundall Perpetual Trophy for Best Varietal Wine, Pinot Noir.

“Tasmania has had some outstanding vintages recently and their success at this year’s Wine Show continues a line of successful pinots,” Chairman of Judges Iain Riggs said.

“A pinot noir is characterised by its finesse, elegance and depth of flavour – something that Bay of Fires winemaker, Peter Dredge, certainly captured in his 2011 vintage.”

The judges tasted their way through 2,354 Australian wines covering red and white table wines, sparkling, fortified wines and brandy, submitted by 372 exhibitors. 36 trophies and 1,024 medals were awarded to entries representing the country’s top wine regions with an impressive 45% of entries receiving a medal.

The coveted Fine Wine Partners Perpetual Trophy was won by the 2011 Best’s Bin 1 Shiraz. Winner of the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show, the Best’s Wines shiraz went up against the top wines from all capital city wine shows from the previous 12 months emerging victorious from approximately 17,000 wines judged in the previous year.

In the white wine classes, South Australian vineyard Peter Lehmann Wines was honoured with the Albert Chan Memorial Prize for Best White Wine of Show and the Four Seasons Hotel Sydney Perpetual Trophy for the Best Premium Dry White Wine two years and older for its 2008 Wigan Riesling. The Tanunda-based vineyard also picked up the Douglas Lamb Perpetual Trophy for the Best Varietal Wine, Riesling for its 2010 Wigan Riesling, as well as a further 16 medals, including four Gold in a variety of classes.

The Thorp Annual Trophy, presented to the Best Sparkling White Wine of the Show was awarded to Tasmania’s House of Arras for its 2004 Arras Grand Vintage.

Morris Wines, from Rutherglen in Victoria, was a standout performer at this year’s Show, taking home the McCarthy Perpetual Trophy for the Most Successful Exhibitor in Wines and Brandy Classes. They also won the JCM Fornachon Memorial Trophy for Best Fortified Wine for its Old Premium Liqueur Tokay, along with 12 medals including five Gold, five Silver and two Bronze in a variety of classes.

After a trial in some classes in 2012, the 100-point scoring system was a new initiative implemented at the 2013 Show for all classes which, along with the introduction of electronic judging on tablets (iPad and iPad mini), received positive reviews from the judging panel.

“As with any new initiative there is fine tuning to be done, however the reporting that is available on the tablets is excellent and over the next few years the depth of reports will grow considerably as well as the speed, familiarity and ease of use,” Mr Riggs said.

Wine Show Committee Chair Lyndey Milan said that the Sydney Royal Wine Show was committed to remaining relevant for its exhibitors and meaningful for consumers.

“We constantly review our competition to remain at the forefront of the Australian industry. This year we introduced two exhibition classes; one for red wine and one for white wine, for new and emerging styles or grape varieties. We aim to be inclusive and highly value the viticulturalists and wine makers of Australia,” Ms Milan said.


  • Sydney (NSW)

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