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Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

The Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA), conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), is Australia’s premier wine awards. It celebrates excellence in Australian winemaking, showcasing the industry’s diversity and quality, giving Australian wine producers the opportunity to promote their fine wines to both industry and consumers. The RMWA is an essential benchmarking opportunity for the Australian wine industry.

The Royal Melbourne Wine Awards – Key Dates 2014

17 October 2014 - Exhibitor & Trade Tasting

17 October 2014 - Wine Communicators of Australia RMWA Lunch

24 October 2014 - RMWA Uncorked

29 April 2015 - Great Wines of Australia Collectors Dinner (HK)      

30 April 2015 - Great Wines of Australia Consumer & Trade Tasting (HK)

The 2014 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards winners are announced!

The results for the 2014 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA), conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), have been announced following an extensive week of judging and tasting, with 3,183 wines entered.

Gold medals were handed out across 77 classes with 15 trophies and 8 major trophies awarded to the best drops from across the country. Winning entries came from; South Australia (7 trophies), Victoria (6), New South Wales (4), Western Australia (3) and Tasmania (3),following rigorous assessment from an expert panel of judges headed by Chair of Judges Tom Carson and including international guests Martin Moran MW (Ireland), Warren Gibson (New Zealand) and James Suckling (USA, based in Hong Kong).

Twelve of the 2014 trophy winning wines and gold medalists, selected by Tom Carson (Chair of Judges) will be provided the invaluable opportunity to showcase their drops to an international audience within months of their RMWA win at The Great Wines of Australia event in Hong Kong in April 2015 conducted in partnership with JamesSuckling.com and Hong Kong Tatler magazine.

Congratulations to all trophy and medal winners from this year’s awards, and thank you to all participating exhibitors, judges, stewards for your hard work and continued support. The full trophy line up follows.

The Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2014 Trophy Winners

2014 Major Trophies

THE JIMMY WATSON MEMORIAL TROPHY FOR THE BEST RED WINE OF THE 2012 AND 2013 VINTAGES
S.C. Pannell Syrah Shiraz, 2013 – S.C. Pannell Wines, McLaren Vale, SA

THE JAMES HALLIDAY TROPHY FOR BEST PINOT NOIR PRESENTED BY JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
Coldstream Hills Deer Farm Pinot Noir, 2013 – Coldstream Hills, Yarra Valley VIC

THE DOUGLAS SEABROOK SINGLE VINEYARD TROPHY
Oakridge 864 Funder & Diamond Drive Block Chardonnay 2012 – Oakridge Wines, Yarra Valley VIC

KYM LUDVIGSEN TROPHY FOR VITICULTURAL EXCELLENCE
John Funder & Val Diamond, Funder & Diamond Drive Block, Yarra Ranges VIC

THE VICTORIAN TROPHY FOR WINES OF PROVENANCE
Granite Hills Riesling 2013, 2008 & 2004, Granite Hills, Macedon Ranges VIC

THE FRANCOIS DE CASTELLA TROPHY FOR BEST YOUNG WHITE WINE
Bay of Fires Chardonnay, 2013 – Bay of Fires, TAS

THE TREVOR MAST TROPHY FOR BEST SHIRAZ
S.C. Pannell Syrah Shiraz, 2013 – S.C. Pannell Wines, McLaren Vale, SA

THE BILL CHAMBERS TROPHY FOR BEST FORTIFIED
Morris Old Premium Rare Liqueur Muscat, - Morris Wines, Rutherglen VIC

2014 Trophy Winners

THE DAN MURPHY’S TROPHY FOR BEST SPARKLING
Pirie Sparkling, 2009 Chardonnay/Pinot Noir, 2009 – Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard, TAS

THE RIEDEL TROPHY FOR BEST RIESLING
St. Andrews Riesling, 2014 – Taylors Wines Pty Ltd, Clare Valley, SA

THE GRAYSONLINE TROPHY FOR BEST CHARDONNAY
Bay of Fires Chardonnay, 2013 – Bay of Fires, TAS

THE EXPONET TROPHY FOR BEST SEMILLON
Vat 1 Semillon, 2005 – Tyrell’s Vineyards, Hunter Valley, NSW

THE PORTAVIN INTEGRATED WINE SERVICES TROPHY FOR BEST SAV BLANC OR BLEND SEMILLON SAUVIGNON BLANC
Domaine Naturaliste Sauvage, Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon, 2013 – Domaine Naturaliste, Margaret River, WA

THE PSC INSURANCE TROPHY FOR BEST OTHER SINGLE VARIETAL WHITE WINE
Symphony Hill Wines Gewurztraminer, 2014 – Symphony Hill Wines, New England, NSW

THE KUBOTA TROPHY FOR BEST OTHER WHITE BLEND
Debortoli Family Vineyards Bianco 2014 – DeBortoli Wines, Riverina, NSW

THE EXPONET TROPHY FOR BEST SWEET WHITE WINE
d’Arenburg The Noble Wrinkled Riesling, 2011 – d’Arenburg, McLaren Vale SA

THE COLLINS PLACE TROPHY FOR BEST ROSE
Deep Woods ‘Harmony’ Rose, 2014 – Deep Woods Estate, Margaret River, WA

THE FIIG SECURITIES TROPHY FOR BEST CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MERLOT OR BORDEAUX VARIETY BLEND
Deep Woods ‘Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 – Deep Woods Estate, Margaret River, WA

THE RURAL FINANCE TROPHY FOR BEST SINGLE VARIETY RED WINE
Morris The Criollo, Malbec 2012 – Morris Wines, Rutherglen, VIC

THE PORTAVIN INTEGRATED WINE SERVICES TROPHY FOR BEST GRENACHE, OR RED RHONE VARIETAL, OF RED BLEND OF RHONE VARIETIES
Partisan Black Label Grenache, 2012 – Echelon Wine Partners, McLaren Vale, SA

THE PSC INSURANCE TROPHY FOR BEST SHIRAZ, CABERNET BLEND
The Barry Brothers Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 – Jim Barry Wines, Clare Valley, SA

THE RURAL FINANCE TROPHY FOR BEST RED BLEND
Gamekeeper’s Grenache/Shiraz/Touriga, 2013 – St. Hallett Wines, Barossa, SA

THE FIIG SECURITIES TROPHY FOR BEST MATURE WINE
Vat 1 Semillon, 2005 – Tyrell’s Vineyards, Hunter Valley, NSW

Uncorked: Taste the best wines in Australia

Come along to Uncorked to taste the finest drops in the country, judged at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, in this outstanding event not to be missed!

Held in the forecourt of Collins Place in Melbourne’s CBD, discover new wines, indulge in favourites, enjoy live music and try delicious street food from one of the city’s most popular eateries, Hammer & Tong.

Just a week after the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, on Friday 24 October, 6pm – 10pm Uncorked is the only opportunity to try all the winning wines in one place. Sample from the best of the Melbourne and regional wine shows, including Geelong, Heathcote, Gippsland and the Rutherglen Wine Shows.

From the enthusiast to the novice, this event is a must for every wine lover.

Ticket price $50 which includes all samples, a Riedel wine glass and a copy of the James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine. Purchase your ticket today.

 

Interview: Steve Pannell on his second Jimmy Watson Trophy – 19 Oct 2014

Interview courtesy of JamesSuckling.com. See full article