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Highlights of the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards include the following major trophies:

The Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for Best Young Red Wine
The Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy recognises Jimmy’s contribution to the advancement of the Australian wine industry.  The Trophy is awarded to the Best Young Red Wine of the 2015 or 2016 vintage classes.

Two-hundred and fifty (250) dozen finished bottled stock must be held at the time of delivery, i.e. Friday 29 September, 2017, to be eligible for the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy.  Single Vineyard and Organic / Biodynamic wines are eligible where 250 dozen finished bottled stock is held at this time.

The François de Castella Trophy for Best Young White Wine
Named for the pioneering Victorian viticulturist and winemaker, the François de Castella Trophy is awarded to the Best Young White Wine from the 2016 and 2017 vintages.

Two-hundred and fifty (250) dozen finished bottled stock must be held at the time of delivery, i.e. Friday 29 September, 2017, to be eligible for the François de Castella Trophy.

The Victorian Trophy for Red Wines of Provenance
The Victorian Trophy for Red Wines of Provenance is awarded to the veteran winemaker who shows consistency and excellence across 10 years of production.  This award recognizes the skill of the winemaker with three vintages of the same wine label being assessed.  All wines must be one-hundred per cent (100%) Victorian to be eligible.

The Victorian Trophy for White Wines of Provenance
The Victorian Trophy for White Wines of Provenance is awarded to the veteran winemaker who shows consistency and excellence across 10 years of production.  This award recognizes the skill of the winemaker with three vintages of the same wine label being assessed.  All wines must be one-hundred per cent (100%) Victorian to be eligible.

The Douglas Seabrook Single Vineyard Trophy
The Douglas Seabrook Single Vineyard Trophy is awarded to the best Exhibit from an individually named continuous vineyard, the name of which must appear on the commercial label of the wine.  The wine must be made from not less than ninety-five per cent (95%) grapes grown on the named vineyard.

One-hundred (100) dozen finished bottled stock must be held at the time of delivery, i.e. Friday 29 September, 2017, to be eligible for the Douglas Seabrook Single Vineyard Trophy.

The Kym Ludvigsen Trophy for Viticultural Excellence
The Kym Ludvigsen Trophy recognises excellence in viticulture and goes to the grower or team behind the grapes that produce the Douglas Seabrook Single Vineyard Trophy-winning wine.

The James Halliday Trophy for Best Pinot Noir
The James Halliday Trophy for the Best Pinot Noir recognises Halliday’s lifelong contribution to the Australian wine industry and world class Pinot Noir production and is awarded to the Best Pinot Noir of the 2017 RMWA.

The Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz
Honouring a legend of the Victorian wine industry, the Trevor Mast Trophy recognises Trevor’s lifetime contribution to the Australian wine industry and in particular his visionary cool-climate Shiraz at Victoria’s Mount Langi Ghiran Vineyards.  The trophy is awarded to the Best Shiraz of the 2017 RMWA.

The Bill Chambers Trophy for Best Fortified Wine
In recognition of his service to the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards as Chair of Judges for 25 years and for his contribution to Victoria as a fortified winemaker, the Bill Chambers Trophy recognises the best fortified wine of the 2017 RMWA.