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Top of the Governor's table for Royal Adelaide Wine Show winners

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Two iconic South Australian brands have rocketed to the top of the Governor’s wine list after being honoured at this month’s Royal Adelaide Wine Show.

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McLaren Vale’s Rosemount Estate took out The Governor’s Trophy for best South Australian Red Wine at the show with its 2017 Balmoral Syrah, while Grant Burge Wines won The Governor’s Trophy for best South Australian White Wine with ‘The Vigneron’ Reserve 2015 Eden Valley Riesling.

The prizes include the honour of having the wines served to guests and dignitaries at Government House in Adelaide for the next 12 months.

The 2017 Balmoral Syrah also went on to win the Max Schubert Trophy for Most Outstanding Red Wine at the Show.

The wine is made from 100 per cent McLaren Vale fruit and is Rosemount’s flagship Shiraz with its distinctive style paying tribute to the Shiraz wines of the Rhone Valley and Mediterranean – hence the traditional French name ‘Syrah.’

Rosemount Estates winemaker Luke Mallaby said the award winning wine showcased the efforts of the vineyard team, which delivered the “best of the best” fruit for the winemakers to work with.

“Being in the Governor’s house for the next 12 months is a massive honour and it’s fantastic to think of all the faces that are going to get to have a look at our wine,” he said.

The 2019 Royal Adelaide Wine Show attracted 2647 entries from 351 Australian wineries with South Australian brands winning 12 of the 24 trophies on offer.

Grant Burge Wines white wine winemaker Belinda Sinclair said winning a major trophy at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show was particularly special because it was “the South Australian wine show”.

She also acknowledged the privilege of having her aged Riesling served at events hosted by South Australian Governor Hieu Van Le.

“It’s a really special small production wine exclusively for people who come to visit our cellar door,” Sinclair said.

“So it is just going to be an incredible opportunity for our wine to be showcased on the state, national and global stage to some incredible people.”

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