Hunter Valley vineyards scooped the pool at the recent 2022 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show.
From a rise in varietal blends to the evolution of Australian chardonnay, results from the annual event reflected the emerging trends within the industry.
And, the local region, itself, boasted nine gold medal winning wineries, including five Champion Trophies.
Representing Morpeth, Boydell’s 2021 Boydell’s Reserve Chardonnay secured the Restaurant and Catering Industry Association Perpetual Trophy for Best Small Producer Wine.
The 2013 Tyrrell’s Vat 1 Semillon allowed Pokolbin’s Tyrrell’s Vineyard to walk away with the David Clarke Memorial Perpetual Trophy for Best Semillon, as well as the Dr Henry John Lindeman Memorial Perpetual Prize for Best Mature White.
The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Annual Prize for Best Current Vintage White went to neighbouring Silkman Wines for its 2022 Silkman Wines Single Vineyard Blackberry Semillon.
McGuigan’s 2017 McGuigan Personal Reserve Vanessa Vale Shiraz collected the Rudy Komon Memorial Perpetual Trophy for Best Mature Red.
“Modern Australian Chardonnay is at its peak, and the competition at the top is fierce,” Sydney Royal chair of judges Sarah Crowe said.
“It really is splitting hairs to choose between them and getting harder every year.
“A trend we saw repeatedly was the skill being directed towards blending varieties for deliciousness.
“Producers are crafting wines that are complex and approachable without being constrained by tradition.
“This is a win for the consumer.”
Another two Champion Trophies were also secured locally in the Beer & Cider Awards.
Located on the grounds of Crowne Plaza, at Lovedale, Sydney Brewery’s Speak Easy Black IPA was named Champion Draught Beer and Best NSW Beer.
“It demonstrates an excellent use of malt and hops, lovely balance and is a beer packed with flavour that is readily drinkable,” Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show chair of judges Ian Kingham said.
“It’s very deserving of NSW to have taken out four of the top awards, too.
“It is a credit to the brewers for firstly producing products of such a high standard and for making sure the samples entered are in top condition.”
The following Hunter-based wines and beers were also awarded gold medal standard: Tyrrell’s Vineyard (2019 Tyrrell’s Lunatiq Heathcote Shiraz), Silkman Wines (2022 Silkman Wines Reserve Semillon), McGuigan (2021 McGuigan Cellar Select Viognier), Brokenwood Wines (2021 Brokenwood Oakey Creek Single Vineyard Semillon, 2017 Brokenwood ILR Reserve Semillon, 2021 Brokenwood Maragle Vineyard Chardonnay), De Luliis Wines (2017 De Luliis Semillon Single Vineyard), First Creek Wines (2021 First Creek Single Vineyard Murphy Semillon), Margan Family Wines (2019 Margan White Label Saxonvale Shiraz Mourvedre), Tulloch Wines (2022 Tulloch Hunter River White Semillon), Sydney Brewery (Sydney Brewery Pilsner), and Dusty Miner Craft Brewery (Smokin Hot N Dusty Texas Bock).