Hawke's Bay wines have picked up four of the 26 top trophies at the 37th Sydney International Wine Competition with the judges particularly noting the appearance of the one which triumphed against a strong field of Australian reds.
While Australian wines from Clare Valley, Margaret River and the Barossa Valley packed the medium bodied category it was a red from Hawke's Bay which took the trophy honours.
The Matua Single Vineyard Hawke's Bay Syrah 2014 produced by Treasury Wine Estates took the accolade.
Vidal Estate also scored highly at the competition which drew 1911 wines from eight countries, and where New Zealand wines dominated the whites.
The Vidal Legacy Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2014 took the trophy for Best Medium Bodied White Wine as well as the Trophy for Runner Up to Best Wine of the Competition.
The trophy for most successful winery of the competition went to Villa Maria, which has established vineyards in Hawke's Bay.
The Sydney International Wine Competition is unique amongst wine shows in that wines are judged alongside food.
An international panel of 14 judges, led by Chairman of Judges Kym Milne MW, initially blind-tasted all the entrants, and then tasted the 400 leading wines alongside appropriately matched food to decide the award winners.
Chairman of Judges, Kym Milne MW, praised the quality of this year's entrants, singling out the success of lighter-bodied wines - especially from cool climate regions - and the diversity of the award-winning wines.
Marlborough was the most successful wine region, winning 59 awards and dominating the Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc categories while 17 Bay wines achieved awards in their classes or took trophies
HAWKE'S BAY AWARD WINNERS
LIGHTER BODIED DRY WHITE WINE WINNERS
Alpha Domus The Wingwalker Viognier- 2014
DESERT(UNFORTIFIED) WINE WINNERS
Ngatarawa Wines Ltd Ngatarawa Proprietors Reserve Noble Harvest Riesling 2014
LIGHTER BODIED DRY RED WINE WINNERS
Trinity Hill Trinity Hill Hawkes Bay Syrah 2015
Pask Winery Pask Declaration Cabernet Merlot Malbec 2010
Pask Winery Pask Small Batch Trilliant 2014
Alpha Domus The Barnstormer Syrah 2015
Villa Maria Estate Private Bin Hawkes Bay Organic Merlot 2014
Yealands Wine Group Crossroads Winemakers Collection Syrah 2014
ROSÉ WINE WINNERS
Constellation Brands Kim Crawford Reserve Rose 2016
FULLER BODIED DRY WHITE WINE WINNERS
Trinity Hill Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2015
Saint Clair Family Estate Saint Clair Hawke's Bay Premium Viognier 2015
Ngatarawa Wines Ltd Ngatarawa Alwyn Chardonnay 2014
Church Road Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2015
MEDIUM BODIED DRY WHITE WINE WINNERS
Vidal Estate Vidal Legacy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2014