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Australia’s most prestigious wine trophies sent across the country as the 2017 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards are announced

Winemakers across the country are celebrating today after the announcement of the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA) on Thursday 19 October, with Australia’s most prestigious wine trophies awarded.

The Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for Best Young Red Wine, recognised as Australia’s most coveted wine trophy, was awarded to Barossa Valley SA winery Turkey Flat Vineyards for the 2016 Grenache, the first time a wine of that variety has taken out the prestigious honour.

The white wine equivalent, the Francois De Castella trophy for Best Young White Wine went to Margaret River WA winery House of Cards for 2016 The Royals Chardonnay Queens of Hearts.

Other top honours included the James Halliday Trophy for Best Pinot Noir awarded to Tasmania Winery Heemskerk for the 2016 Pinot Noir, and the Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz to Yarra Valley Vic winery De Bortoli Wines for their 2015 Section A8 Syrah.

Adelaide Hills SA’s Longview Vineyard took home the Douglas Seabrook Trophy for Best Single Vineyard Wine for the Longview Iron Knob 2017 Riesling, with the Vineyard Manager Dino Cotsaris awarded the Kym Ludvigsen Trophy for Viticultural Excellence.

The Bill Chambers Trophy for Best Fortified Wine went to Morris Wines, Rutherglen for their Morris Old Premium Rare Liqueur Topaque NV. The wine has received gold medals honours over the last three years, which also resulted in Morris Wines receiving one of their three inaugural Consistency of Excellence medals, introduced this year to recognise continuous excellence in wine production. 

The Victorian Wines of Provenance recognises outstanding consistency in Victorian winemaking across three vintages over 10 years of wine production.  This year’s Victorian White Wines of Provenance was awarded to Granite Hills Winery, Macedon Ranges for the 2016, 2008 and 2004 Riesling with the red trophy awarded to Yarra Valley’s Portet Winemakers for the 2015, 2010 and 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon.

In a testament to the truly national nature of the awards and the breadth of Australia’s quality winemaking regions sixteen best in class trophies were also awarded across the country with seven presented to SA wineries, four to NSW, two to both Victoria and WA and one to Tasmania.

Twelve wineries also received Consistency of Excellence Medals in the first year they have been awarded.

Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) for over 130 years, the RMWA gives producers the opportunity to benchmark their wines against industry standards; seek advice from an independent panel of experts; and to promote and market award winning products using the RMWA’s seal of excellence.

Over 3100 entered wines were tasted over five days last week at Melbourne Showgrounds by a judging panel of 35 industry experts led by Head Judge, winemaker and previous Jimmy Watson recipient, Tom Carson of Yabby Lake, in his final year as Chair of Judges.

“Tom Carson has played an incredible role in continuing to evolve the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards to reflect industry trends, whilst maintaining the awards reputation as the most prestigious in the country,” said Mark O’Sullivan, CEO, RASV.

“We are very grateful for Tom’s knowledge, contribution and leadership over the last three years and look forward to his continued participation in the awards.”

Tom’s completion of his term has opened up the opportunity for another industry expert, with experienced Curly Flat winemaker and judge Matt Harrop to take the reins for the 2018 awards.

“RASV is delighted to welcome Matt as Chair of Judges of the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards from 2018.  Matt is highly experienced, motivated and talented and we are thrilled he has accepted the position to lead the awards from next year,” said Mr O’Sullivan.

The full list of this year’s trophy winners can be viewed at winningtastes.com.au