Sydney Royal Competitions encourage and reward excellence, with the aim to support a viable and prosperous future for our agricultural communities.
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Dating back to 1826 the Sydney Royal Wine Show is one of the most prestigious wine shows in Australia. Held annually, wines are judged on variants including complexity, fruitiness and balance. This year, across 67 classes, 31 judges tasted from 2145 entries and ultimately awarded 31 trophies.
Without a doubt, the most sought after trophy is the KPMG Perpetual Trophy for Best Wine of Show, with consideration given to winners of Best Red, Best White, Best Sparkling White or Rosé. In a strong field of wines, Yabby Lake 2017 Heathcote Estate Single Vineyard Shiraz triumphed over Shottesbrooke Vineyards 2017 Shottesbrooke Vineyard Single Vineyard Series Chardonnay and Chateau Yaldara’s 2015 Chateau Yaldara Vintage Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir to take out the title of Best Wine of Show. In a remarkable double, the Heathcote Estate Shiraz also picked up the Tucker Seabrook Perpetual Trophy for Best State Show Wine eclipsing the award-winning Best Wine of Show entrants from Major State Wine Shows in Australia.
"It's about twenty years of hard work and we have finally cracked it," said Yabby Lake General Manager and Winemaker Tom Carson,
"This is a major turning point for Heathcote Estate and the region."
The 2017 Heathcote Estate Single Vineyard Shiraz, from Central Victoria, is described by its maker as pristine and poised with floral notes, tar, gun flint and exceptional concentration and purity. PJ Charteris, Sydney Royal Chair of Judges found it to be a perfectly poised fruit showing a sense of place while the flavour and structure show the generosity of Shiraz with complementary elegance.
Planted in 1999, the Heathcote Estate vineyard follows a philosophy of allowing nature to run its course and the winemakers intervene only when necessary. This philosophy has resulted in a trophy cabinet gradually filling with thanks to the 2017 Heathcote Estate Single Vineyard Shiraz.