19 January, 2020

Windance Estate wins The Drinks Association Shiraz Trophy

Windance Estate wins The Drinks Association Shiraz Trophy

Congratulations to Windance Estate on winning The Drinks Association trophy for Best Shiraz at the 2018 Royal Sydney Wine Show.

Windance Estate is a family owned and operated vineyard in Margaret River, established by Drew and Rosemary Brent-White in 1998. 

Windance proudly wrote on Facebook: "Shut the front door!! We just won the Best Shiraz at The KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show for our 2016 Shiraz!" 

More than 2200 exhibits were judged across the 2018 Sydney Royal Wine Show, 34 Trophies were awarded with a coveted Sydney Royal Medal and a further 121 Gold, 275 Silver, 791 Bronze winners were announced last night at the Sydney Royal Wine Show Awards.

PJ Charteris, the chair of judges 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.”

Penfolds 2017 Reserve Bin 17a Chardonnay was crowned Best Wine of Show. The wine also took out Best State Show Wine and Best Chardonnay.

Additionally, Treasury Wine Estates took home the Best Sparkling Red trophy for NV Seppelt Original Sparkling Shiraz. 

Angus McPherson, TWE Managing Director, ANZ and Europe, said: “Treasury Wine Estates is absolutely thrilled with the trophies awarded to Penfolds Reserve Bin 17A Chardonnay for Best Wine of Show and Seppelt NV Original Sparkling Shiraz for Best Sparkling Red at the 2018 Sydney Royal Wine Show. This is outstanding recognition of the quality of wine across our portfolio, and the brilliance of our winemakers.”

It was a huge night for The Drinks Associate members, who swept up a swag of trophies in addition to the TWE wins. 

Accolade Wines took out Best Sparkling White or Rose for its House of Arras 2008 Grand Vintage. 

Casella Family Brands won Best Fortified with its Morris Wines NV Old Premium Rare Muscat and Best Riesling for its Peter Lehmann 2015 Wigan Riesling.

Brown Brothers scored the Annual Versatility Prize for its 1889 Tempranillo.

De Bortoli was victorious with its 2015 Deen De Bortoli Botrytis Semillion taking out Best Sweet White and the Stewards Annual Prize, plus Best Value Red for the 2017 La Boheme Act 4 Syrah Gamay. 

McWilliams Wine Group's Evans & Tate 2014 Redbrook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon won Best Mature Red.

Congratulations everyone!