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.
2015 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards Trophy Presentation Dinner
The results for the 2015 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA), conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), have been announced at a prestigious dinner held in The Great Hall at Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria following an extensive week of judging and tasting.
Tasmanian winery Home Hill Wines, located in the Huon Valley, has taken home two major trophies including the highly coveted Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for Best Young Red, with their 2014 Kelly’s Reserve Pinot Noir, they were also awarded the James Halliday Trophy for Best Pinot Noir.
Nine major and 15 Best in Class trophies were presented over the evening, including The Victorian Trophies for Wines of Provenance, recognising the best white and red wines over a minimum of 10 years spanning three vintages of the same label. These trophies award the skill and consistency of the winemaker, and this yearwere awarded to the Yarra Valley’s TarraWarra Estate Chardonnay (vintages 2012, 2008, 2004) and from Beechworth; Castagna’s Genesis Syrah, (vintages 2012, 2006, 2002).
Castagna, a small biodynamic winery located in the foothills of the Australian Alps in Northeast Victoria, were also named the inaugural winner of the Best Vermouth trophy, for their Classic Dry Vermouth. The class was introduced for the first time this year to reflect the re-emergence of vermouth production in Australia and the growing interest of this aperitif to consumers.
Another winery celebrating multiple wins was Oakridge Wines who were awarded the Douglas Seabrook Single Vineyard Trophy for the second year running for The Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Barkala Chardonnay 2013. This much celebrated wine was also awarded Best Chardonnay at the Awards presentation.
In a true sign of sustained quality, the viticultural team behind Oakridge Wine’s Chardonnay, led by CEO and Chief Winemaker David Bicknell with John Funder, Val Diamond, Mario Pagotto and Steve Sadlier took home the Kim Ludvigsen Trophy for Viticultural Excellence, for the second year running.
The 2015 RMWA received 3097 entries, from 537 exhibitors including 114 first time entrants and was judged over five days at Melbourne Showgrounds from 5 - 9 October.
2016 RMWA Key Dates
Entries Open: 28 June 2016
Entries Close: 29 July 2016
Judging: 3 - 7 October 2016
Presentation Dinner: 13 October 2016
Exhibitor Tasting: 14 October 2016
Overview of the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards