Hunter Valley wines win big in Sydney

HUNTER Valley wines won six trophies and 13 gold medals at the 2013 Macquarie Group Sydney Wine Show, results of which were announced last night at a black-tie dinner in Sydney.

Boutique winemaker Andrew Thomas won  two trophies and four gold medals.

He claimed a fifth gold with the McLeish Estate 2007 Semillon, which he made under contract for Pokolbin vignerons Bob and Maryanne McLeish.

The Andrew Thomas 2007 Cellar Reserve Braemore Semillon won the Len Evans Trophy for the best named vineyard wine and the Restaurant and Catering Industry Trophy for the best small producer’s wine in named vineyard classes.

The Agnew family’s Audrey Wilkinson winery won a gold medal and two trophies with its 2006 Museum Reserve Semillon. The trophies were the Dr H.J.Lindeman for the best aged-vintage white and the James Busby for the best NSW wine of the show.

The First Creek winery in Pokolbin won the David Clarke Trophy for the best 2012 and older varietal semillon and a semillon made by the Tyrrell’s family wine company for The Wine Society won the Dan Murphy’s Trophy for the show’s best $10 and under priced white wine.

The wine is The Wine Society 2012 Tyrrell’s Hunter Valley Semillon.

The show attracted entries of 2354 table, sparkling and fortified wines and brandies.

The Bay of Fires 2011 Pinot Noir won the Macquarie Group Perpetual Trophy for Best Wine of the Show and the trophy for the best pinot noir.

See John Lewis’s wine column in Good Taste on Wednesday for how to buy the award-winning Sydney show wines.

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