Trophy winners announced for the 2017 Canberra And Region Wine Show

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A small, relatively unknown winery has taken out the top prize at the 2017 Canberra And Region Wine Show.

Out of this year's 304 entries, the 2016 Edward Hilltops Shiraz from Ballinaclash wines in Young was crowned champion wine of show.

Hosted by the Royal National Capital Agricultural Society, the Canberra And Region Wine Show accepts entrants from the Canberra, Hilltops, Tumbarumba, and Gundagai regions.

Led by Chair Of Judges Sebastian Crowther, who is head sommelier at Neil Perry's Rockpool Dining Group, a team of judges spent the past week tasting and discussing the wines, with the trophy winners announced at a ceremony on Friday night at Exhibition Park In Canberra.

It was the second year as Chair Of Judges for Mr Crowther, and he said that he was again impressed by the quality of entrants.

"The last two years have been particularly strong. The 2015 vintage was a really strong vintage in this region and I think the 2016, while there were some great wines, you could see the quality of the vintage probably wasn't quite as good. The weather certainly wasn't as good," he said.

"And 2017 was a kind of return to form as far as vintages went."

As usual for the region, riesling and shiraz were the two strongest varieties.

In the rieslings, Clonakilla Wines was awarded both best overall and best in the Canberra district for their 2016 riesling.

Best shiraz was won by the overall trophy winner from Ballinaclash, with the 2016 Estate Shiraz Viognier from Ravensworth Wines named as best Canberra district Shiraz.

"The strong red classes, like shiraz in particular was still as strong as ever, and we found some really great wines in those classes," Mr Crowther said.

"And it's really great that with that Canberra region style of shiraz, they've kind of created their own identity now. They're not trying to be the Barossa Valley or McLaren Vale in South Australia. They've got their own style.

"And I think that style's infiltrated into a lot of wineries and people have recognised it's a cooler region and it's got its own conditions and people are producing a wine that reflects that, rather than trying to be something from somewhere else."

Other trophy winners included McWilliam's Wines 2015 842 Tumbarumba Chardonnay for best chardonnay, Moppity Vineyard for most successful exhibitor of show, and Mount Majura Vineyard won wine of provenance for their Tempranillo in 2015, 2009, and 2004.