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13/02/2015

Australia’s top drops announced at Sydney wine show

Yabby Lake Vineyard of the Mornington Peninsula has taken out top honours at the 2015 Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show, with its 2013 Single Vineyard Block Release Block 2 Pinot Noir winning the coveted Macquarie Group Perpetual Trophy best wine of show.

The award follows a successful year for the vineyard, with its Pinot Noir taking home an additional five trophies, including the celebrated Fine Wine Partners Perpetual Trophy and the Champion Wine of the Show at the 2014 National Wine Show. 

A total of 34 trophies and 1,153 Sydney Royal medals were awarded to entrants, which came from a pool of 2,330 entries. This year, 30 judges tasted their way through wines from 69 different classes, submitted by 344 exhibitors.

Rosé proved to be on-trend with the class receiving more than three times the number of entries. A record four Rosés received gold medals, including the Adelaide Hills’s Longview Vineyard 2014 Boat Shed Rosato, which took home two trophies.   

In her first year as Chair of the Judges, Samantha Connew said this year’s event highlighted the diversity, both region and variety, of a wine portfolio that continues to draw the attention of wine lovers both in Australia and around the world.

“In 2015, we awarded 28 more gold medals than we did last year. This reflects both the excellent 2012, 2013 and 2014 vintages and the exceptional quality of some of the older wines coming through,” Connew said.

“It was exciting to see single vineyard wines from small producers win both the best white wine and the best red wine trophies – a reflection of how these producers have placed a lot of focus on the quality of their grapes and where they have come from.”

Lyndey Milan OAM, Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show committee chair, commended the judging panel on a great Wine Show.

 “We had an exceptional judging panel, made up of experienced industry professionals, which included winemakers, retailers, Masters of Wine, educators and journalists,” Milan said. 

“It was wonderful to see our international judge, award winning journalist Jane Parkinson from the United Kingdom make an outstanding contribution in assessing this year’s entries.”
Milan said a total of 171 Gold medals, 326 Silver medals and 656 Bronze medals were awarded.

“Winning a Sydney Royal medal gives wine producers an exceptional opportunity to put a prestigious Gold, Silver or Bronze medal on their wine – a guarantee of excellence for wine lovers and a competitive market advantage for winners,” Milan said.

Full results of the 2015 Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show are available at www.sydneyroyal.com.au/wine

Wine enthusiasts will have a chance to taste the latest medal-winning wines at the Sydney Royal Wine Experience on 14 February at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. For tickets visit www.sydneyroyal.com.au/wineexperience

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