The Lowestoft Estate – Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021, has come out on top after four days of judging at the Royal Queensland Wine Awards.

The Tasmanian Pinot beat 1430 wines from 212 Australian wineries to claim the Angelo Puglisi Grand Champion Wine of Show Trophy, and also claimed the Stodart Trophy Best Red Table Wine of Show, which is celebrating its 50th year of being awarded.

Chief Judge Tom Carson said selecting the top wine was a close call.

“This year we had nine red wines that were of outstanding quality and when we got to the end of Stodart Trophy judging we had three wines that were so close and so highly supported by the judges,” he said.

“The Pinot Noir just edged out the Grenache and the Touriga blend, but it was a hard-fought battle.

“Once we found the stunning pinot noir at the judging table, it rolled on through to Grand Champion.”

Speaking about the achievement, Lowestoft’s Chief Winemaker Liam McElhinney said: “The team and I are thrilled that our 2021 Lowestoft Single Vineyard Pinot Noir has achieved these extraordinary results. We are also humbled when we see the other gold medal wines we had to overcome to win these incredible trophies.

“Huge thanks must go to Paul Laing, our fantastic grower, who consistently delivers amazing Pinot Noir from his Coal River Valley vineyard. We’ve had a dream run with our Lowestoft Pinot Noir wines over the past six months and we’re really proud to be showcasing another epic and very unique southern Tasmanian vineyard site.”

Carson added that with the quality of the red wines in the show was extremely high.

“The emerging varieties and what’s happening in the blended red classes is really interesting. 

“We found some smashing red blends and some people that are having a crack at non-traditional varieties and the quality of wine that is coming through those classes is so exciting – a lovely balance of purity and wines of real character.”

This year was the first time in two years the Royal Queensland Wine Awards had been able to go ahead in its full capacity due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


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Best Riesling Wine of Show
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Best Semillon Wine of Show  
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Best Sauvignon Blanc Wine of Show 
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Best Pinot Gris / Grigio Wine of Show
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The Fleming Trophy Best Chardonnay Wine of Show
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Best White Varietal Wine of Show
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Best Sweet White Wine of Show
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Best White Table Wine of Show
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Best Rosé of Show 
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The Dr Bill Ryan Best Pinot Noir Wine of Show
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Best Grenache Wine of Show
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Best Grenache Blend, Mourvedre , Carignan, Cinsault or Blend Wine of Show
Chapel Hill Winery – The Parson Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2021

Best Sangiovese , Montepulciano, Nero Davola, Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo or Blend Wine of Show
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The Wine Guild of Australia Inc (Queensland) Best Shiraz Wine Of Show
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The Alan Cook Mbe Trophy Best Cabernet Sauvignon Wine of Show
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Best Cabernets, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Blends
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Best Red Varietal Wine of Show
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Best Red Blend Wine of Show
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The Stodart Trophy Best Red Table Wine of Show
Lowestoft Estate – Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021

King Street Best Small Batch Wine of Show
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Best Fortified Wine of Show
Morris Wines Old Premium Topaque

Treasury Brisbane Best Queensland Wine of Show Trophy
Girraween Estate – 2022 Sauvignon Blanc

The Angelo Puglisi Trophy Grand Champion Wine of Show Trophy
Lowestoft Estate – Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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