A slew of local wineries have had their recent wins echoed in success at the prestigious Melbourne Royal Wine Awards. Esteemed prize winners from the Margaret River Wine Show have had their winning wines recognised, with Xanadu and Stella Bella Wines among the latest trophy winners. Stella Bella’s ever-popular Suckfizzle scored the best white blend trophy while also gaining valuable recognition with the award for consistency of excellence for its 2021 cabernet sauvignon. Xanadu also won a consistency of excellence gong for its 2022 cabernet sauvignon and then picked up the best sauvignon blanc trophy as well. Hamelin Bay Wines also rated in the best cabernet sauvignon, taking home that trophy against all other Australian wineries, while Smallwater Estate from up the road in the Geographe wine region won the best WA shiraz award. Evans & Tate’s Redbrook Reserve chardonnay won the best WA chardonnay prize. Stella Bella chief winemaker Luke Jolliffe told the Times the award was “incredible recognition”. “The fruit for this wine is farmed from the most southern vineyard in the Margaret River region and it’s truly unique in terms of climate and flavour,” he said. “It’s a vineyard and style of wine we are incredibly proud of. “The Royal Melbourne wine awards finishes our most successful year in wine show results receiving 12 trophies and 24 gold medals,” the winemaker said. “We are extremely proud of our passionate and committed vineyard and winery teams.” Margaret River Wine Association chief executive Amanda Whiteland said the region had enjoyed a “great run” so far this year. “From topping the Decanter World Wine Awards by receiving more Best in Show trophies than any other region and winning seven trophies at the International Wine and Spirits Competition to the Melbourne Royal Wine Awards, it is great to see the quality of the region being recognised near and far as some of the greatest on earth,” Ms Whiteland said. Melbourne Royal chief executive Brad Jenkins said more than 900 wines vied for the awards.