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2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards- winners announced

For the first time since 2010, the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy, Australia’s most coveted wine award which recognises the Best Young Red Wine has been won by a Cabernet Sauvignon, with Western Australia’s Deep Woods Estate 2014 Reserve taking home the illustrious honour at the 2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (RMWA).

Deep Woods also took home the trophy for Best Cabernet Sauvignon for the same wine, whilst other major trophies were spread across the country.

The François de Castella Trophy for Best Young White Wine was awarded to Victoria’s Seville Estate for their 2015 Chardonnay.

Castagna (Vic) continued to be recognised for their outstanding consistency in winemaking, awarded the 2016 Victorian Trophy for Red Wines of Provenance for their Genesis Syrah over three vintages 2012, 2005, 2002 Shiraz Viognier, after also winning the accolade last year, for different vintages.

Punt Road Wines led by Winemaker and Viticulturist Tim Shand had a most successful awards taking home three top honours; The Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz, Douglas Seabrook Single Vineyard Trophy and Kym Ludvigsen Trophy for Viticultural Excellence, all awarded to their Napoleone Vineyard 2015 Shiraz.

Other major trophies awarded included the James Halliday Trophy for Best Pinot Noir to Eddystone Point (Tas), for the 2015 Pinot Noir, and the Bill Chambers Trophy for Best Fortified won by Morris Wines (Vic) for their Morris Old Premium Rare Liqueur Topaque, NV.

The Best in Class trophies were split amongst the states, with wineries in NSW awarded five, West Australian wineries four, South Australian three, Victorian wineries taking home two and Tasmania, one.

New to the 2016 awards, the Best Organic or Biodynamic Wine was awarded to Yalumba Wines (SA) for their 2015 Organic Shiraz, whilst the Best Vermouth Trophy was won by Maidenii (Vic) for their Sweet Vermouth, NV Cabernet Sauvignon.

Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), 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 36 industry experts led by Head Judge, winemaker and previous Jimmy Watson recipient, Tom Carson of Yabby Lake.

“The Royal Melbourne Wine Awards are Australia’s largest and most prestigious wine awards and that is testament to the outstanding entries that were received,” said Mr Carson.

“We have had the pleasure of tasting some incredible wines during judging and it is fantastic to see these outstanding wineries and winemakers recognised for their hard work and dedication in producing top quality wines.”

The Royal Melbourne Wine Awards is the most respected wine show in Australia, conducted for over 130 years.

2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards

Major Trophy Winners

 

The Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for Best Young Red Wine
Deep Woods Estate 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep Woods Estate
Western Australia
   
The James Halliday Trophy for Best Pinot Noir
Eddystone Point 2015 Pinot Noir
Eddystone Point
Tasmania
   
The Trevor Mast Trophy for Best Shiraz
Punt Road Napoleone Vineyard 2015 Shiraz
Punt Road Wines
Victoria
   
The François De Castella Trophy for Best Young White Wine
Seville Estate 2015 Chardonnay
Seville Estate
Victoria
   
The Victorian Trophy for Red Wines of Provenance
Castagna Genesis Syrah 2012, 2005, 2002
Castagna
Victoria
   
The Douglas Seabrook Single Vineyard Trophy
Punt Road Napoleone Vineyard 2015 Shiraz
Punt Road Wines
Victoria
   
The Kym Ludvigsen Trophy for Viticultural Excellence
Punt Road Wines
Tim Shand
   
The Bill Chambers Trophy for Best Fortified Wine
Morris Old Premium Rare Liqueur Topaque NV Muscadelle
Morris Wines
Victoria
   
Best Vermouth
Maidenii Sweet Vermouth NV
Maidenii
Victoria
   
Best Sparkling
Swift Cuvée NV Chardonnay / Pinot Noir
Printhie Wines
New South Wales
   
Best Riesling
Pooley 2016 Riesling
Pooley Wines
Tasmania
   
Best Chardonnay
Corduroy 2014 Chardonnay
Snake and Herring
Western Australia
   
Best Semillon
VAT 1 2005 Semillon
Tyrrell's Vineyards
New South Wales
   
Best Sauvignon Blanc or Blend of Semillon & Sauvignon Blanc
Stella Bella 2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Stella Bella Wines
Western Australia
   
Best Single Varietal White Wine
Dalfarras 2016 Pinot Grigio
Dalfarras
Victoria
   
Best Sweet White Wine
Morning Light 2010 Botrytis Semillon
McWilliam's Wines
New South Wales
   
Best Rosé
Flametree 2016 Pinot Rosé
Flametree Wines
Western Australia
   
Best Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or blend of Bordeauxz Varieties
Deep Woods Estate 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep Woods Estate
Western Australia
   
Best Single Varietal Red
Brown Brothers 2015 Cellar Door Release Nero D'avola
Brown Brothers
Victoria
   
Best Grenache, Red Rhone Varietal or Blend of Red Rhone Varieties
Bleasdale 2015 Grenache / Shiraz / Mataro
Bleasdale Vineyards
South Australia
   
Best Shiraz / Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
Young Brute 2015 Shiraz / Cabernet Sauvignon
Casella Family Brands
New South Wales
   
Best Red Blend
S.C. Pannell 2015 Touriga Cabernet Mataro
S.C. Pannell Wines
South Australia
   
Best Mature Wine
VAT 1 2005 Semillon
Tyrrell's Vineyards
New South Wales
   
Best Organic or Biodynamic Wine
Yalumba Organic 2015 Shiraz
Yalumba Wine Company
South Australia

 

 



 

View the full results from the 2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Awards