Penfolds wins Wine of Show at 2018 KPMG Sydney Royal

Pouring wine at the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show. (Photo: RAS NSW)

Penfolds Reserve Bin 17A Chardonnay has taken the top spot at the 2018 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show.

It collected the KPMG Perpetual Trophy for Best Wine of Show as well as the Albert Chan Memorial Prize for Best White and the Tucker Seabrook Perpetual Trophy for Best State Show Wine.

“Australia has far more diversity than France.” – Fongyee Walker MW

It is a deserving wine, full of complexity and detail, and is a shining example of the heights that Australian chardonnay can achieve.

Although the wine is not yet released, the 2016 Penfolds Reserve Bin 16A Chardonnay at AUD $125 is well worth snapping up in the meantime, winning a gold at last year’s show.

International Judge Fongyee Walker MW, a Beijing based wine consultant and educator, spoke at the awards dinner about the impressive diversity seen in the Australian wine category, from our quality sparkling wines to our plush reds and luscious fortified.

“Australia has far more diversity than France”, says Walker.

This diversity, Walker explains, is vitally important for the Chinese wine market, due to the wide range of cuisines and taste preferences found throughout the country.

Chair of Judges, P-J Charteris, spoke about the boom domestically in pinot noir and rosé and the growing appreciation for red wines made from varieties like tempranillo, touriga, sangiovese and grenache.

The trophy-winning 2016 S.C. Pannell Tempranillo Touriga is a good example of the quality found in this category.

Charteris also noted that although riesling and semillon were ‘perpetual high performers’ in wine shows, domestically sales of these wines had flatlined, and in some cases declined. Though sales were on the rise in the export arena.

Charteris urged consumers to get behind these wines which represent ‘exceptional quality and unbelievable value’, with the trophy-winning 2015 Peter Lehmann Wigan Riesling and the 2013 Bimbadgen Signature Semillon great examples of this.

The full set of results can be found on the Sydney Royal website.

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