A pinot has won the Jimmy Watson Trophy for the first time

A pinot noir has won the Jimmy Watson Trophy for the first time.

Yabby Lake Block 1 Pinot Noir 2012, from the Mornington Peninsula, has made history, snatching Australia’s most famous wine award, given at the Royal Melbourne Wine Awards (previously the Royal Melbourne Wine Show) for the best wine in the 2011 and 2012 red wine classes (Yabby Lake tastings). It’s the first time in the award’s 52-year history that a pinot noir has won.

Previous winners have been shiraz, cabernet sauvignon or blends. In other awards, the Trevor Mast Trophy for best shiraz of show went to The Lane Vineyard 2012 Block 14 Shiraz (tasting), from the Adelaide Hills.

The 2012 vintage, great throughout Australia, shone. It was also a great year for the Yarra Valley, with the trophy for best pinot noir going to Giant Steps Applejack Vineyard 2012 Pinot Noir (tasting) and best young white wine trophy going to Tightrope Walker 2012 Chardonnay; best sparkling to Coldstream Hills 2009 Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut (Coldstream Hills’ tastings) and best chardonnay to Seville Estate Reserve 2011 (Seville Estate’s tastings). 

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