A first for pinot at the Sydney Royal Wine Show

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A pinot noir has topped the Sydney Royal Wine Show for the first time ever.

The 2011 Bay of Fires Pinot Noir (tasting notes), from Tasmania, won the Macquarie Bank Trophy for the best wine of the show, as well as the Geoffrey Crundall Trophy for best pinot noir and Gilbert Phillips Trophy for best red wine of show.

Hunter Valley winemaker Andrew Thomas also excelled, taking home five gold, three silver and five bronze medals from his 15 entries.

His 2007 Thomas Braemore Semillon (tasting notes) won two trophies: the Len Evans Trophy for best wine from a named vineyard, and the Restaurant and Catering Association Trophy for best small maker wine (from a winery crushing less than 500 tonnes) in the named vineyard classes.

The 2013 show results were announced last week.

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