2017 Pier One Sydney Harbour NSW Wine Show Awards winners announced

Amongst many highlights of this year's show

Media release

November 12th, 2017


The 2017 Pier One Sydney Harbour NSW Wine Awards has announced the main Trophy winners in this year’s Awards, unveiling the State’s best-of-the-best wines and winemakers.

At the Awards Presentation, held at Pier One Sydney Harbour on Friday 28 October, Judge Nick Spencer spoke about the new winners. “Whilst there can only be one overall winner, there were many highlights in this year’s show. NSW Riesling continues to impress, as did Chardonnay, with amazing fruit purity and reflections of the region. Semillon, both old and young, also shone.

In the red wine categories, Shiraz was a standout but it was interesting to see that the Hunter did not dominate here, a true testament to the quality that is coming out of all of the state’s wine regions at the moment.” Nick said.

Wines made from fruit grown in the Mudgee, Canberra District, Orange, Hilltops, Tumbarumba, Riverina and the Hunter Valley all claimed Trophies – see full list of winners at end – with the Courabyra Wines 2013 805 from Tumbarumba claiming the Best Sparkling title and the De Bortoli Noble One 2015 Semillon from the Riverina named Best Sweet Wine.

The Lerida Estate 2016 Shiraz from the Canberra District was announced the Best Red Wine of Show and the Tyrrell’s 2005 Vat 1 Semillon from the Hunter Valley was given Best White Wine of Show. Out of these four wines, it was the Tyrrell’s 2005 Vat 1 Semillon which championed over the others to be awarded the ultimate title of ‘NSW Governor’s Trophy for Best in Show’.

Chair of Judges Dave Brookes commented on the Best in Show winner, “This is a wine whose provenance is without question, having now amassed some 30+ trophies in its wine show career. The wines history also runs deep within the NSW Wine Awards, as in 1997 (only the second year the Awards had been held) the 1992 Vat 1 Semillon also won the title of wine of the year. While it may not come as a surprise that an aged Hunter Valley Semillon took out the top award, it is without doubt one of the great wine styles of Australia with an enviable track record of both deliciousness and cellaring ability.

To see these fledging wines bloom over time in the cellar into complex, benchmark wines that sing true of their variety and the land from which they hail is one of life’s great pleasures. We are indeed lucky to have one of the worlds benchmark wine styles right on our doorstep in the Hunter Valley.”

As well as the wine awards, another great achievement was recognised on the day, when a surprised Richard Sheldrake was presented with the Graham Gregory Award for services to the NSW wine industry. Minister Niall Blair MLC, Minister for Primary Industries and Minister for Trade and Industry, presented the award saying, “Dr Sheldrake has been heavily involved in promoting the NSW wine industry for over 20 years, supporting research and development in his former position as the Director General of the NSW Department of Primary Industries. He recognised the value of the sector to the economy and the communities it supports. Currently the wine industry is estimated to contribute $1.6 billion to the NSW economy and plays an important role in our state’s $38 billion tourism sector.

Dr Sheldrake is highly respected by the wine industry and holds the same ethos, reputation and love of the industry as this award founder and former NSW Agriculture Director General, Graham Gregory.”

President of the NSW Wine Industry Association Tom Ward also spoke on the day, “The NSW Wine Awards continues to evolve into ‘the’ premium wine show for all NSW wineries, truly showcasing the diversity and stunning quality of our wines.”

It is a very exciting time for the NSW wine industry. We have just seen the conclusion of the Orange Wine Festival, Southern Highlands Wine Festival, Mudgee Wine Festival and numerous others with record numbers attending, sold out events and invigorated local community. The Hunter Valley is leading the way with the number of visitors at a record level of 1.8 million.”*

“I would like to thank our special guests, the Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC and Mrs Hurley for their continued support. The awarding of the NSW Governor’s Best in Show Trophy is testament to this and a fitting legacy to leave. Also thank you to Minister Niall Blair and his team for all of the work that they have done in the last year, cementing the relationship between our industry and the Government.”

*  Figure from The Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association (HVWTA), for the last 12 months.

Full List of 2017 NSW Wine Awards Trophies:

Mudgee Wines Trophy for Best Young Riesling ~ Robert Stein 2017 Dry Riesling (Mudgee)

Pier One Trophy for Best Young Sauvignon Blanc ~ Highland Heritage Estate 2016 Fume Blanc (Orange)

NSW DPI Trophy for Best Young Semillon ~ Bimbadgen 2017 Signature Palmers Lane Semillon (Hunter)

Longfellows Midland Trophy for Best Young Chardonnay ~ Brokenwood 2016 Forest Edge Chardonnay (Orange)

Pier One Trophy for Best Young White Other Varieties ~ Hungerford Hill 2016 Pinot Gris (Tumbarumba)

National Wine & Grape Industry Centre Trophy for Best Mature Dry White ~ Tyrrell’s 2005 Vat 1 Semillon (Hunter)

Pier One Trophy for Best Light Red ~ De Iuliis Wines 2017 Special Release Grenache (Hilltops)

Orora Stelvin Trophy for Best Young Shiraz ~ Lerida Estate 2016 Shiraz (Canberra)

Riedel Trophy for Best Young Cabernet Sauvignon ~ Tamburlaine 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Orange)

MultiColor Trophy for Best Young Other Red Varieties ~ Briar Ridge 2016 Limited Release Tempranillo (Hilltops/Hunter)

Nexia Australia Trophy for Best Young Red Blend ~ Shaw Vineyard Estate 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz (Canberra)

Australia Post Trophy for Best Mature Red ~ Montoro wines 2013 Pepper Shiraz (Orange)

NSW DPI Award for Best Organic Wine ~ Tamburlaine 2016 Orange Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Orange)

CiSRA Canon Trophy for Best Sparkling Wine ~ Courabyra Wines 2013 805 Sparkling (Tumbarumba)

Pier One Trophy for Best Sweet Wine ~ De Bortoli Wines Noble One 2015 Semillon (Riverina)

Pier One Trophy Best Dry White of Show ~ Tyrrell’s 2005 Vat 1 Semillon (Hunter Valley)

CCL Labels Trophy for Best Dry Red of Show ~ Lerida Estate 2016 Shiraz (Canberra)

NSW Governor’s Trophy for Best in Show ~ Tyrrell’s 2005 Vat 1 Semillon (Hunter Valley)


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