South Australia has brought home the bacon, taking out the 2018 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show’s coveted awards for best red, best white and best wine overall, at last night’s announcements at a gala function held in Sydney.
Held across four days last week at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, entries from every wine region of Australia passed the lips of the 31 expert industry judges, including Guest International Judge Fongyee Walker MW.
Notable was the strong showing of Chardonnay amongst the gold medallists and Trophy winners.
More than 2300 wines were tasted across 66 classes during the Show, with Penfolds Wines’ 2017 RESERVE BIN 17A Chardonnay being named The KPMG Perpetual Trophy Winner for Best Wine of the Show and the Tucker Seabrook Perpetual Trophy Winner for Best State Show Wine.
While the competition was tough, there was a strong showing from SA wineries in the winners list.
Here’s our local winners (time for a drink to celebrate don’t you think?!)
Best Riesling: Peter Lehmann Wines, 2015 Wigan Riesling
Best Chardonnay: Penfolds Wines 2017 Reserve Bin 17A Chardonnay
Best Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio: Bird in Hand 2018 Pinot Gris
Best Other White Varietal: Chapel Hill 2018 Vermentino
Best Rose: Longview Vineyard 2018 Nebbiolo Rosato
Best Cabernet Sauvignon: Chapel Hill 2017 The Parson Cabernet Sauvignon
Best Cabernet Dominant Blend or Shiraz Dominant Blend: Bleasdale Vineyards 2016 Wellington Road Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon
Best Other Red Varietal: Serafino Wines 2017 Reserve Grenache
Best Other Red Blend: Stephen Pannell Wines 2016 S.C. Pannell Tempranillo Touriga
Best Brandy: St Agnes Distillery NV St. Agnes XO
The International Guest Judge Annual Prize awarded to the Exhibitor of the best Wine judged by the International Guest Judge.: Bleasdale Vineyards 2015 Generations Shiraz
Best White: Penfolds Wines 2017 Reserve Bin 17A Chardonnay
Best Wine of Show: Penfolds Wines 2017 Reserve Bin 17A Chardonnay
Best Red: Bleasdale Vineyards 2016 Wellington Road Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon
Best State Show Wine: Penfolds Wines 2017 Reserve Bin 17A Chardonnay