A Pinot Noir has won the most coveted award at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show, announced this afternoon at the Adelaide Showground.
The Bay of Fires Pinot Noir 2020 won the Max Schubert AM Trophy for most outstanding red wine in show - a rare achievement for the variety.
Wine committee chair Greg Follett said the Royal Adelaide Wine Show prided itself on rewarding a diversity of wine styles.
"It is great to see so many regions from around the country featuring amongst the trophy winners, especially a Tasmanian Pinot Noir winning the Max Schubert Trophy, a category which is normally dominated by Shiraz," he said.
"This is the first time I can recall a Pinot Noir winning this prestigious award."
Barossa region wines dominated the trophy list in other classes, as did wines from Margaret River.
Margaret River wineries claimed 29 of the gold medals, while Barossa wines picked up 26.
The best South Australian white of the show went to the Leo Buring 2021 Clare Valley riesling, which was also the riesling class winner, while the best local red was claimed by the Purple Hands Wines Planta Circa Ancestor Vine grenache 2019.
The prestigious Gramp, Hardy, Hill Smith Prize for national wine of provenance was won by Penfolds Bin A Chardonnay (2020, 2012 and 2009 vintages), made from grapes grown in the Adelaide Hills.
The 2021 Royal Adelaide Wine Show attracted 2756 entries from 350 Australian wineries, with judging taking place during the past week.
The panel of 35 judges engaged in intense discussion, scrutiny and deliberation to ensure that the best wines shone through.
Judges chair Kym Milne said entries were received from six states and more than 30 regions, while 196 wines from 111 different exhibitors received gold medals representing 7.4 per cent of total entries.
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"Shiraz was once again the most represented variety in the competition, with almost half of the 600-plus entries coming from the 2019 vintage," he said.
"Across the variety a total of 46 gold medals were awarded, with 21 going to the 2019 vintage.
"The 2021 Riesling class was also outstanding with many judges commenting on the number of very high quality wines that were presented to them."
The Royal Adelaide spirits top award, the TAFE SA Trophy for champion spirit of show, was won by The Hills Distillery with their 78 Degrees Muscat Finish Whiskey, which also won the Master Cask Trophy for champion whisky.
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