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Air NZ Wine Awards 2013 Results

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New Zealand wineries have again impressed judges at this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards with wines of outstanding quality making up the 111 gold medal winners.

Pinot Noir was the strongest performer, winning 22 gold medals, while 20 gold medals were awarded for Sauvignon Blanc and 17 for Chardonnay.

The aromatics classes, consisting of Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Viognier and Albariño, also shone in this year’s competition, bagging a total of 25 gold medals. The judges were impressed by the sparkling class, which was awarded 19 medals, including six gold.

Chair of Judges, Michael Brajkovich MW, said New Zealand winemakers are producing world-class wines across an exciting and diverse range of varieties.

“The bar is always being raised in the Air New Zealand Wine Awards and this year is no exception,” Michael says. “The wines in this competition seem to improve year on year, and this year there were some truly outstanding entries. It’s a good reflection of the evolution of the New Zealand wine sector.”

This year’s competition saw 1,379 wines entered across 16 different classes. A total of 655 medals were awarded – 111 gold, 196 silver and 348 bronze. New Zealand’s largest wine-producing region, Marlborough, led the way in the gold medal count this year with its wines winning 55 gold medals. One hundred and nine silver and 180 bronze medals were also awarded to Marlborough wines, bringing the region’s total medal tally to 344.

Hawke’s Bay also had a strong showing with a total of 117 medals – 22 gold, 39 silver and 56 bronze. Central Otago won 82 medals –18 gold, 21 silver and 43 bronze.

Organised and owned by New Zealand Winegrowers, the Air New Zealand Wine Awards competition is well known for its rigorous judging process. It is considered the country’s most prestigious wine competition and is regarded as the official competition of the New Zealand wine industry.

This year the judging panel consisted of 26 judges. They included two international judges, US wine writer Dan Berger and Swedish Master of Wine Madeleine Stenwreth, and 13 senior judges.

“The success of any wine competition really revolves around the quality of the people you have judging, and we are blessed to have the very best people,” Michael says.

The elite gold medal and trophy winners will be announced at an awards dinner on the 23rd of November in Queenstown.

For more information visit www.airnzwineawards.co.nz


Gold medals by varietal

Sparkling 6
Gewürztraminer 2
Pinot Gris 9
Riesling 12
Sauvignon Blanc 20
Chardonnay 17
Viognier 1
Dessert Wine Styles 6
Rosé 2
Pinot Noir 22
Merlot, Cabernet and Blends 7
Syrah 5
Albariño 1
Malbec 1
Total 111

 Gold medals by region

Auckland 1
Gisborne 2
Hawke’s Bay 22
Wellington / Wairarapa 2
Nelson 3
Marlborough 55
Canterbury 4
Otago 18
Other 4
Total 111 

The following lists gold medal winners and the trophies they are eligible for at the awards dinner on the 23rd of November:

Label and Litho Limited Champion Sauvignon Blanc

Pure Gold

Boundary Vineyards Rapaura Road Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Clark Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Corbans Homestead Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Giesen The Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Kuru Kuru Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Rossendale Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 2 Swamp Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Saint Clair Vicar’s Choice Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Stoneleigh Latitude Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Stoneleigh Rapaura Series Sauvignon Blanc 2013

te Pā Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Wairau River Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Rabobank New Zealand Limited Champion Chardonnay

Pure Gold

Coopers Creek SV Hawkes Bay Chardonnay ‘The Limeworks’ 2012

Dashwood Chardonnay 2012

Goldwater Chardonnay 2012

HALO Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012

Nautilus Estate Chardonnay 2012

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 10 Twin Hills Chardonnay 2012

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 11 Cell Block Chardonnay 2012

Vavasour Chardonnay 2012

Vidal Reserve Series Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012

Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012

Guala Closures NZ Champion Pinot Gris

Pure Gold

Lake Chalice Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013

Mount Riley Pinot Gris 2013

Mud House South Island Pinot Gris 2012

Sanctuary Pinot Gris 2013

Tohu Pinot Gris 2013

Torea Wines Pinot Gris 2012

Two Tracks Pinot Gris 2012

Wairau River Pinot Gris 2013

Plant & Food Research Champion Riesling

Pure Gold

Corbans Homestead Riesling 2012

Giesen Riesling 2013

Highfield Riesling 2012

Hunter’s Marlborough Riesling 2013

Riverby Estate Marlborough Eliza Riesling 2012

Terrace Edge Liquid Geography Riesling 2012

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Dry Riesling 2013

Waimea Classic Riesling 2013

ICIB Gold Medal Insurance Champion Gewürztraminer

No gold medals awarded

BDO Champion Other White Styles and Rosé

Pure Gold

Coopers Creek SV Gisborne Albariño ‘Bell-Ringer’ 2013

Kate Radburnd Berry Blush Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2013

Wineworks Champion Sparkling Wine

Pure Gold

Akarua Brut NV

Akarua Rosé Brut NV

Gold

Nautilus Cuvée Brut NV

Palliser Méthode Traditionelle 2008

Stuff.co.nz Champion Dessert Wine

Pure Gold

A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Riverby Estate Noble Riesling 2012

Seifried Winemakers Collection Sweet Agnes Riesling 2012

Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Noble Semillon Botrytis Selection 2011

JF Hillebrand New Zealand Ltd Champion Pinot Noir

Pure Gold

Akarua Pinot Noir 2011

Archangel Pinot Noir 2012

Davishon Pinot Noir 2011

Domain Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011

Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Gibbston Valley School House Pinot Noir 2012

Grasshopper Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

Greystone Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2012

Mount Michael Bessie’s Block Pinot Noir 2012

Mud House Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

Mud House Estate Claim 431 Pinot Noir 2012

Ribbonwood Pinot Noir 2012

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Pinot Noir 2012

The Ned Pinot Noir 2012

Thistle Ridge Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Pinot Noir 2012

Wither Hills Pinot Noir 2011

Wooing Tree Beetle Juice 2012

Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2012

Fruitfed Supplies Limited Champion Syrah

Pure Gold

Elephant Hill Syrah 2012

Passage Rock Wines Reserve Syrah 2012

Coast FM Champion Merlot, Cabernet and Blends

Pure Gold

Church Road McDonald Series Merlot 2011

Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2012

Trinity Hill The Gimblett 2012

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010

Fairfax Media Champion Other Red Styles

No gold medals awarded

New World Champion Open White Wine

Pure Gold

Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Giesen Riesling 2013

Giesen The Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Hunter’s Marlborough Riesling 2013

Lake Chalice Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013

Mount Riley Pinot Gris 2013

Mud House South Island Pinot Gris 2012

Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Rossendale Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Saint Clair Vicar’s Choice Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Sanctuary Pinot Gris 2013

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013

te Pā Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Liquorland Champion Open Red Wine

Pure Gold

Church Road McDonald Series Merlot 2011

Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2012

Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Grasshopper Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2012

Mud House Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

Trinity Hill The Gimblett 2012

Wither Hills Pinot Noir 2011

Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2012

Waitoa Free Range Chicken Champion Exhibition White or Sparkling Wine

Pure Gold

17 Valley Chardonnay 2011

Allan Scott Family Winemakers Late Harvest Riesling 2013

Ashwood Estate Gisborne Chardonnay 2010

Askerne Gewürztraminer 2013

Ceres Composition Pinot Gris 2012

Fairhall Downs Hugo Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Kim Crawford Small Parcels Methode 2009

Mount Riley Gewürztraminer 2013

Ponder Olive Grove Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Rockburn Tigermoth Riesling 2012

Spinyback Riesling 2013

Te Awa Chardonnay 2010

The Fuder Single Vineyard Selection Clayvin Chardonnay 2011

The Fuder Single Vineyard Selection Dillons Point Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2011

Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Dry Riesling 2010

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2012

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Omahu Gravels Viognier 2010

Wairau River Reserve Botrytised Riesling 2012

West Brook Riesling 2012

Gold

Daniel Le Brun Vintage 2008

Waipara Springs Premo Old Vine Chardonnay 2005

Business World Travel Champion Exhibition Red Wine

Pure Gold

Church Road Grand Reserve Syrah 2011

Crossroads Winemakers Collection Cabernet Merlot 2011

Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Hawkes Bay Syrah 2010

Greylands Ridge Pinot Noir 2012

Newton Forrest Syrah 2011

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Malbec 2009

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Merlot 2010

Gold

Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

For more information visit www.airnzwineawards.co.nz

 

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