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Penfolds Chardonnay bags best wine award

Penfolds- 1A Penfolds Wines Chardonnay has come out on top at the 2018 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show.

The 2017 Reserve Bin 17A Chardonnay was awarded the KPMG Perpetual Trophy Winner for Best Wine of the Show and the Tucker Seabrook Perpetual Trophy Winner for Best State Show Wine.

PJ Charteris, the chair of judges for the 2018 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show paid tribute to the diversity amongst the award-winning wines this year.

“This really was testament to the traditional wine regions stepping up with quality offerings and the newer regions in wine showing what they are capable of now and into the future. It is exciting to see as judges the traditions being maintained in what Australia is known for internationally in wine, yet the emerging and smaller wineries putting their stake in the ground through newer varietals and blends,” Charteris said in a statement.

The Royal Wine Show received entries from every wine region in Australia. 31 judges, including guest international judge Fongyee Walker MW were tasked with selecting the best wines. There were more than 2300 wines across 66 classes during the show.

“The 2018 Royal Sydney Wine Show marks the 192nd year of the show and a turning point for the Australian wine industry. The last few harvest seasons have seen demand outstripping supply and as a result we are seeing improvements in quality as evidenced by the medal tallies across most classes in the show. As supply tightens we are seeing prices, particularly for wine bound for export increasing, which is important for the overall health of our industry,” said Charteris.

“We were delighted to receive a record number of entries this year, taking us to full capacity for judging. Entries came from all corners of the nation, from a broad spread of producers – big, small and in-between. It shows us that the Australian wine industry values our wine show and the effort we put into presenting a quality, professional and above all, relevant competition,” Committee chair Sally Evans added.

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