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Tassie's time to shine

Posted on : 10 January 2017

Article first appeared RAS Times November 2016

House of Arras was the stand-out producer at the KMPG Sydney Royal Wine Show in July, winning the KPMG Perennial Trophy for Best Wine of Show, and two other significant awards for their sparkling wines. This marks the first time a sparkling wine has taken out the Best in Show since the award’s inception in the 1990’s. The Tasmanian vineyard was awarded the Thorp Annual Trophy for Best Sparkling White Or Rose, as well as the Fine Partners Perpetual Trophy for the Best Wine exhibited at all Capital City Royal Wine Shows in the previous 12 months.

NSW Producers has significant success throughout the competition. Chalkers Crossing 2014 CC2 Shiraz exhibited strength across the board with trophy wins for Best Shiraz, Best Red, Best Value Red, Best Single Vineyard Wine and Best Small Producer. De Bortoli did well in the sweet wine section, securing Best Sweet White for their 2013 Noble One Semillon. From Pokolbin, the De Iuliis 2016 Semillon won a trophy for Best Value White, Tyrrell’s famed Vat 1 Semillon took out Best NSW Wine, and Brokenwood Excelled with their 2009 ILR Reserve Semillon which scored them two trophies; Best Mature White and Best Semillon. For former Sydney Royal Wine Show Chair of Judges, Ian Riggs (Brokenwood’s Managing Director and Chief Winemaker), it was a particularly sentimental win as the trophy for Best Semillon is named after the late David Clarke, former Wine Committee Chair.

In all a total of 146 gold medals, 276 silver medals and 700 bronze medals were awarded.