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Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

Congratulations to the 2013 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards trophy winners and medalists.
History made with first Pinot Noir to win the Jimmy Watson Trophy. The results for the 2013 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA) have been announced, with two outstanding Victorian Pinot Noirs taking out the four of the seven marquee awards including the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for the Best Red Wine of the 2011 & 2012 Vintages winner; Yabby Lake Block 1 Pinot Noir 2012, Yabby Lake Vineyard. This is the first time in its 52 year history that a Pinot Noir has won the coveted trophy. And the inaugural James Halliday Trophy for Best Pinot Noir presented by James Halliday Wine Companion was awarded to Innocent Bystanders, Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012. This was the first of three trophies for this Yarra Valley wine which was also awarded The Victorian Trophy for Best Victorian Table Wine presented by the Victorian Government and The Douglas Seabrook Single Vineyard Trophy.The top wines of the 2013 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards were widely lauded by the judging panel, with 22 trophies awarded including:
The François De Castella Trophy for the Best Young White Wine was awarded to the Tightrope Walker Chardonnay 2012; Tightrope Walker, a Yarra Valley Chardonnay. The Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz went to Block 14 Shiraz 2012, from The Lane Vineyard, South Australia and The Bill Chambers Trophy for Best Fortified Wine was awarded to Morris Cellar Grand Reserve Liqueur Muscat NV, made by fifth generation Morris winemaker, David Morris, custodian of more than 150 years of family tradition. 
Chairman of Judges, David Bicknell said, “With the uniformly strong 2012 vintage behind us, there were a number of apparent trends: a general improvement of alternative varieties and alternative blends, definitive improvement with pinot gris/grigio and ground breaking work with pinot noir. The excitement we have seen in the last few years when looking at chardonnay classes, has seemingly caught on to both Grenache (and variations) and Pinot Noir. Gris, Merlot and Rose days are numbered and may finally be supported and embraced in the fine wine category. Vintage 2011 red wines again stood up extremely well, surpassing the expectations of many. Fortified wines were outstanding, if in tiny numbers.”
The RMWA is a celebration of excellence in Australian winemaking. It is arguably Australia’s most respected wine show thanks to a forward-thinking and innovative Committee devoted to raising the bar each year. 
The annual RMWA continues to set a benchmark for wine of the highest quality through advocating healthy competition. Its influence has contributed to the evolution of the Australian wine style and it is at the forefront of game-changing industry developments.
Most importantly, the RMWA gives Australian winemakers the valuable opportunity to promote their wines to consumers. The Australian wine-loving public can sample Australia’s best wines at RMWA events at the consumer tasting event  Uncorked.
Each year the RMWA invites two international judges who offer a global perspective on our wine. The 2013 panel included Sarah Abbott and Joe Wadsack from the United Kingdom.