MORRIS Wines at Rutherglen took out a top gong for its Cellar Reserve Grand Liqueur Muscat at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show.
Judges sampled more than 3000 wines this month at Australia’s largest and most prestigious wine event.
Winemaker David Morris was delighted that the winery was handed the Bill Chambers Trophy for best fortified wine at a presentation dinner on Thursday night.
Mr Morris attended the dinner at Myer’s Mural Hall in Melbourne with his son, Madden.
“The trophy is a lovely decanter,” he said.
“We will proudly display it and maybe put it to use from time to time.”
The winery also won eight gold medals for its wines.
“We enter our wines to benchmark ourselves and see how our wines are going,” Mr Morris said. “It’s exceptionally pleasing.
“It’s a great accolade for the team and the region.”
The trophy was named after Rutherglen legend Bill Chambers for his 25 years as chairman of the show’s judges panel and for his contribution to Victoria as a fortified winemaker.
The winning wine was said to “exhibit the aromatic fruit characters and luscious flavour of ripe-brown muscat”.