Tyrrell’s 2013 Vat 1 Semillon took home four trophies including the KPMG Perpetual Trophy for Best Wine of Show at the WCA Sydney Royal Wine Show Trophy Winners Lunch.
Among other winners, Orlando’s 2018 Lyndale Chardonnay took home The A P John Coopers Perennial Trophy for Best Chardonnay, while Shottesbrooke’s 2020 Single Vineyard Adelaide Hills Chardonnay won The Len Evans Memorial Perpetual Trophy for Best Single Vineyard Wine.
“The results are very reflective of the vintage conditions of the last few years. The cooler 2021 vintage have given us very flavoursome and varietally defined whites like Riesling and Semillon. Chardonnay continues to be a star, with a high medal strike rate amongst the more mature Semillon and Riesling classes,” said Sydney Royal Chair of Judges PJ Charteris.
“As with any great wine, there must be distinction, purity, and true expression, all bundled up with absolute balance and harmony. Tyrrell’s 2013 Vat 1 Semillon, while mature at nearly nine years old, is just hitting its straps; this is a wine to buy and enjoy easily over the next five years, if not longer.”
In red varietals, small Victorian producer Sutton Grange Estate’s 2018 Syrah took home The Dr Gilbert Phillips Memorial Perpetual Trophy for Best Red and the trophies for Best Small Producer Wine and Best Shiraz.
“On the red side of the ledger, Shiraz performed very strongly, reflecting the hotter and drier conditions of 2017, 2018 and 2019,” Charteris said.
“The surprise pack, although it shouldn’t be, given the heritage of these varieties, was Grenache, Grenache blends and some of the Iberian varieties like Tempranillo and Touriga, delivering freshness, vitality and excellent varietal definition.”
Coldstream Hills 2015 Blanc de Blanc led the way for Australian Sparklings, taking home The Thorp Annual Trophy for Best Sparking White or Rose, while De Bortoli Wines 2019 Woodfired Sparkling Shiraz won The InterContact Perpetual Trophy for Best Sparkling Red.
“The top-end sparkling exhibits were strong, which has been the case for a number of years now, but one of the often-overlooked highlights are the Fortified Muscat and Topaque wines,” said Charteris.
“These are national treasures without peer in the world of wine. We need to celebrate these wines and the effort that goings into making them more often. There was also a cracking brandy.”
St Anges Distillery won The JJ McWilliam Memorial Perpetual Trophy for Best Brandy for its St Agnes XO while Morris Wines won The J C M Fornachon Memorial Perpetual Trophy for Best Fortified for its Morris Wines Old Premium Muscat.
Full results (including Trophys, Gold, Silver & Bronze medals) are available here.
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