Highlights of the Royal Melbourne Wine Show include the following major trophies:
The Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy
The Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy is presented by the Watson family in recognition of his services to the advancement of the Australian wine industry. The Trophy is awarded to the best red wine of the 2013 or 2014 vintage classes. A minimum of 250 dozen held finished stock is required at time of entry for wines eligible for the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy. Single vineyard wines are eligible however the minimum required quantity of stock (250 dozen) must be commercially bottled by time of delivery, i.e. by Friday September 25, 2015.
The James Halliday Trophy for Best Pinot Noir
Having founded Brokenwood Winery in the Hunter Valley in 1970, it was James’ love of Pinot Noir that saw him make the move to Melbourne. James established Coldstream Hills in the cooler climes of the Yarra Valley and with his wife Suzanne set about realising a dream to produce Victorian Pinot Noir to rival the best Burgundies. 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.
The Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz
Long-time winemaker at Australia's Mount Langi Ghiran winery and a legend of the Victorian wine industry for his visionary cool climate wine production, this trophy for Best Shiraz recognises Trevor’s lifetime contribution to the Australian wine industry.
The Victorian Trophy for Wines of Provenance
The Victorian Trophy for Wines of Provenance this year will be awarded for the best red and best white wines to the veteran wine producer who shows consistency and excellence over a minimum of 10 years. This award recognizes the skill of the wine maker with three vintages of the same wine label being assessed. All wines must be 100% Victorian to be eligible.
The François de Castella Trophy for Best Young White Wine
The François de Castella Trophy is awarded to the Best Young White Wine in Show from the 2014 and 2015 vintages. A Swiss-born pioneer Victorian viticulturalist and winemaker, de Castella was Victoria’s viticultural expert and helped the fledgling industry through difficult times in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A minimum held quantity at time of entry of 250 dozen finished stock is required for wines eligible for the François de Castella Trophy. The minimum required held quantity of stock must be commercially bottled by time of delivery (Friday September 25, 2015).
The Douglas Seabrook Single Vineyard Trophy
Named after iconic 1970’s Australian wine judge and commentator, the Douglas Seabrook Single Vineyard Trophy is awarded to the best exhibit from an individually named continuous vineyard, the name of which appears on the commercial label of the wine. The wine must be made from at least 95% of grapes grown on the named vineyard. A minimum held quantity at time of entry of 100 dozen finished stock is required for wines eligible for the Douglas Seabrook Single Vineyard Trophy. The minimum required held quantity of stock must be commercially bottled by time of delivery (Friday September 25, 2015).
The Bill Chambers Trophy for Best Fortified
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 wine maker, the Bill Chambers Trophy recognises the best fortified wine.
The Kym Ludvigsen Trophy for Viticultural Excellence
The basis of all great wines is the quality of great grapes nurtured and developed in the vineyard. This trophy honours the 40 year legacy left by Kym Ludvigsen, whose passion and dedication to viticulture developed and advanced the landscape of Australian vineyards. This trophy in his name is recognition of excellence in the area of viticulture and goes to the grower or team behind the grapes that produce the single vineyard trophy wine.