Australia's most prestigious wine show winners

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Vasse Felix Winery, Cowaramup
Penfolds Magill Estate Winery, Magill, Adelaide, South Australia,
Wyndham Estate
David Morris, Morris Wines, Rutherglen, North East Victoria

 

If the results of the 2009 Royal Melbourne Wine Show are anything to go by, the Hilltops region of New South Wales could soon challenge the southern states for red wine supremacy.

Canberra-based winery Eden Road Wines took home the most eagerly sought after wine award in Australia, the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy. Eden Road Wines reigned supreme over more than 890 entries to be presented with the best young red wine award for its ‘Long Road’ Hilltops Shiraz 2008.

Nick Spencer, winemaker of the trophy winning wine, also received the inaugural Jimmy Watson Scholarship, a travel bursary to the value of $15,000.

The awards, conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) were closely contested between the states with Western Australia and South Australia winning six trophies each, followed closely by Victoria with five and New South Wales two. One trophy was a blend of fruit from SA and NSW, a fitting multi regional blend for the Australian Style Red category.

Joining Eden Road Wines in the spotlight was Penfolds Wines, who won the Francois De Castella Trophy for the Best Young White Wine for its 2008 Reserve Bin A Chardonnay. The De Castella trophy is a new award and is being promoted as the white wine equivalent of the Jimmy Watson Trophy.

The strong Victorian influence on the winners’ table was highlighted by an impressive individual showing from Morris Wines, who took home three awards including the Premier’s Gold Trophy for Best Victorian Fortified Wine, for its 1998 Morris Vintage Port.

A new highlight of the Royal Melbourne Wine Show, the Douglas Seabrook Trophy for the Best Single Vineyard Wine, was recognised as a feature award for the first time this year, and is named in honour of the iconic Australian wine judge and commentator, the late Douglas Seabrook.

The Douglas Seabrook Trophy for Best Single Vineyard Wine was taken out by the Giant Steps Winery for its 2008 Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay. The win is a positive step forward for the relatively young Yarra Valley brand, which has attracted significant praise from industry experts and wine enthusiasts.

“The Royal Melbourne Wine Show provides a benchmark of excellence for Australian wine producers, large and small, and displays some of the best sparkling, red, white and fortified wines on offer in the domestic market,” said Chairman of Judges, Steve Webber, who led an expert judging panel including international guest judges Mr Lim Hwee Peng CSW of Singapore and Mr John Belsham of New Zealand.

“I am continually impressed by the quality and variety of Australian wine, and was particularly pleased to see such a strong performance from next generation winemakers such as Nick Spencer from Eden Road Wines,” Mr Webber said.

As part of the RASV’s commitment to quality over quantity, minimum entry volume criteria for many categories were reduced this year to help facilitate entry from boutique wineries, with most classes requiring a minimum holding of 250 dozen, down from 500 dozen previously.

“The participation of smaller wineries in the judging process means we can give producers and consumers a true evaluation of an even wider cross section of locally crafted wines on offer,” said Mr Webber.

“The move has already paid dividends, with star studded boutique wineries such as Giant Steps, Vasse Felix, Paringa Estate, Juniper Estate and Castle Rock putting in very strong showings at this year’s awards.

“The fact that smaller producers are rating so highly with the judges is also an exciting indication of the changing face of the industry and the standard of wine being produced. This is not to say that the larger wineries are not making very good wine, as many of the well known producers, such as Houghton, Orlando, Penfolds, Wolf Blass, Yalumba and others performed extremely well in the Show,” he said.

Recognised as Australia’s most prestigious and progressive wine awards, the 2009 Royal Melbourne Wine Show featured a total of 3,493 individual entries from 566 exhibitors, a seven per cent increase on 2008 entries.

The Royal Melbourne Wine Show was established in 1884 to support and promote excellence in Australian wine making and is conducted annually by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria.

2009 Major Winners

The JIMMY WATSON MEMORIAL TROPHY for the Best Young Red Wine from the 2008 Vintage Year
Eden Road Wines: ‘Long Road’ Hilltops Shiraz 2008

The FRANCOIS DE CASTELLA TROPHY for the Best Young White Wine from the 2008 and 2009 Vintage Years
Penfold Wines Pty Ltd: Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2008

The PREMIER'S GOLD TROPHY for the Best Victorian Fortified Wine in Show
Morris Wines: Morris Vintage Port 1998

The DOUGLAS SEABROOK MEMORIAL TROPHY for the Best Single Vineyard Wine
Giant Steps/ Innocent Bystander: Giant Steps Tarraford Vineyard Chardonnay 2008

The JIMMY WATSON SCHOLARSHIP for the winemaker of the winner of the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy
Nick Spencer, Eden Road Wines

2009 Trophy Winners

PORTAVIN INTEGRATED WINE SERVICES TROPHY for the Best Chardonnay
Penfolds Wines Pty Ltd: Reserve Bin A Chardonnay 2007

KUBOTA TROPHY for the Best Sauvignon Blanc or Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Blend
Goundrey: Goundrey G Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009

NATIONAL LIQUOR NEWS TROPHY for the Best Semillon
Tyrrells Vineyards Pty Ltd: Stevens Semillon 2005

PORTAVIN INTEGRATED WINE SERVICES TROPHY for the Best Pinot Noir
Castle Rock Estate: Pinot Noir 2008

A&G ENGINEERING TROPHY for the Best Cabernet Sauvignon
Juniper Estate: Juniper Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

PORTAVIN INTEGRATED WINE SERVICES TROPHY for the Best Shiraz
Paringa Estate: Reserve Shiraz 2007

PORTAVIN INTEGRATED WINE SERVICES TROPHY for the Best Aromatic Style White Wine
St Hallett Wines: Eden Valley Riesling 2005

KILCHURN WINES TROPHY for the Best Sparkling
Houghton Wines: Houghton Wisdom Chardonnay Pinot 2005

TROPHY for the Best Light Drinking Red or Rose
NO TROPHY AWARDED

RURAL FINANCE CORPORATION TROPHY for the Best Claret Style Red Wine
Vasse Felix: Heytesbury 2007

TROPHY for the Best Rhone Style Red Wine
NO TROPHY AWARDED

LONGFELLOWS TROPHY for the Best Australian Style Red Wine
Wyndham Estate: George Wyndham Shiraz 2005

ACQUA PANNA TROPHY for the Best Mediterranean Style Red Wine
Richmond Grove Wines: Richmond Grove Limited Release Mt Lofty Ranges Sangiovese 07

TROPHY for the Best Sweet Style Wine
Heggies Vineyard: Heggies Botrytis Riesling 2007

GRAYSONLINE TROPHY for the Best Red or White Wine with Imagination RRP $15 to $25 Wine
Houghton Wines: Houghton Bandit Shiraz Tempranillo 2008

WINE SOCIETY TROPHY for the Best Red or White Wine 2004 and Older
Wolf Blass Wines Pty Ltd: Wolf Blass White Label Riesling 2002

TROPHY for the Best Australian Fortified Red
Morris Wines: Morris Vintage Port 1998

RURAL FINANCE CORPORATION TROPHY for the Best Muscat or Sweet White
Morris Wines: Morris Cellar Reserve Liqueur Muscat

 

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