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New World Wine Awards 2018 – The Top 50


08-Oct-2018

The results of the New World Wine Awards 2018 have been released. Conducted under the sponsorship of the New World supermarket group, the results are promoted in their stores, showcasing the best wines of the judging. To do this, they select the ‘Top 50’ wines, normally all gold medal winners, to form the basis of the promotional work. This number is a very convenient to market, with some shows featuring a wieldy 200+ golds. International and New Zealand wines are eligible for entry.

This year’s show marks the competition’s 16th year and was judged using the 100 point scoring system by regular and experienced wine judges that work to the same quality criteria as at other wine shows. The pricing requirement that the ‘Top 50’ wines must retail at no more than $25.00 Retail is not identified for the entries, keeping in mind that there are wines entered for judging that are over this price.

Judging took place in Wellington over 31 July to 2 August, by a team chaired by Jim Harré. The overseas judges were Tan Yin Hsien MW of Singapore and Dr Rowan Hepp from Schloss Vollrads in Germany. The senior judges were: Jane Boyle, Jane Cooper, Nadine Cross, Rebecca Deed, Sam Kim, Oliver Masters, Simon Nunns, Jen Parr, Kate Radburnd, Barry Riwai, Vanessa Robson, James Rowan, Wendy Stuckey, and Kyle Thompson. Shona White, the ‘Wine Show Queen’ was the competition’s chief steward.

The Numbers and Some Summary Data
In total, there were 1,407 wines judged, of which 1,258 were in the$25.00 or less’ category. Looking at the overall group of wines, including the ‘$25.00 or less’, and ‘Over $25.00’ wines together, there were 81 (5.75%) golds, 253 (17.98%) silvers, and 577 (41.01%) bronze medals awarded, making a total of 911 (64.75%) wines entered winning an award. This is pretty much in the range of most shows, maybe a little lower, reflecting the lower pricing of the wines in general to meet the entry criteria.

Examining the ‘Over $25.00 Premium N.Z Selection’ wines, there were 149 of these judged, yielding 18 (12.08%) golds, 30 (20.13%) silver and 51 (34.23%) bronze medals awarded, with a total of 99 (66.44%) of these wines winning a medal. Clearly the proportions of medals awarded in this group were higher, and again, pretty much in alignment with some of the more generous scoring competitions.

Chardonnay with 13 golds from 169 total of this variety judged, plus Shiraz & Syrah with 11 golds from 175 wines of this category total, were the two most successful classes. Pinot Noir was also successful with 12 golds from 190 wines judged. Sauvignon Blanc was also good as a class with 10 golds from 179 wines judged.

The poorest categories were Rosé with 3 golds from 105 wines judged, the Sparkling Wines with 4 golds from 101 wines judged, and Pinot Gris with 7 golds from 126 wines judged. Of the 14 Lower/reduced alcohol wines judged, there were 0 golds, only1 silver and 7 bronzes awarded.

For a comprehensive overview of the competition, the results and lists of the medal winners, visit: www.newworld.co.nz/wineawards

The 10 Champion Variety and Category Winners
Champion Sauvignon Blanc: Vidal Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Champion Pinot Gris: Rapaura Springs Reserve Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018
Champion Aromatic: Mount Brown Estates North Canterbury Riesling 2018
Champion Chardonnay: Wither Hills Marlborough Chardonnay 2017
Champion Sparkling Wine: Morton Estate Black Label Brut
Champion Rosé: Madam Sass Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018
Champion Pinot Noir: Shaky Bridge Pioneer Series Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017
Champion Single Varietal Red: Grant Burge Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Champion Red Blend: Mo Sisters Red Blend 2016
Champion Shiraz and Syrah: Zonte's Footstep Chocolate Factory McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016

The ’Top 50’
Sauvignon Blanc
Vidal Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Ara Single Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Harwood Hall Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Koha Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Pencarrow Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
te Pa¯ Marlborough Oke Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Pinot Gris
Rapaura Springs Reserve Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018
Mud House Sub Region Grovetown Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018
Russian Jack Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018
Starborough Family Estate Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017
Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2018
Vidal Reserve Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2018
Thornbury Waipara Pinot Gris 2018

Aromatics
Mount Brown Estates North Canterbury Riesling 2018
Dashwood Marlborough Riesling 2018
Gemstone Marlborough Riesling by Giesen 2018
Waimea Estates Nelson Gewürztraminer 2017

Chardonnay
Wither Hills Marlborough Chardonnay 2017
Bogle Vineyards California Chardonnay 2016
Mission Estate Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2017
Riverby Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2014
Sacred Hill Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2017

Sparkling Wines
Morton Estate Black Label Brut
Lindauer Special Reserve Rosé
Queen Adelaide Moscato 2018
Riccadonna Asti

Rosé
Madam Sass Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé 2018
Selaks The Taste Collection Berries & Cream Hawke's Bay Rosé 2018
Thornbury Hawkes Bay Rosé 2018

Pinot Noir
Shaky Bridge Pioneer Series Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017
Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016
Summerhouse Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017
Tinpot Hut Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

Single Varietal Reds
Grant Burge Cameron Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Angove McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper Barossa Merlot 2017
Chapel Hill The Parson McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Hardy's Tintara McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Step Rd Blackwing South Australia Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Red Blends
Mo Sisters Red Blend 2016
Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Shiraz
Zonte's Footstep Chocolate Factory McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016
Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz 2016
Woods Crampton White Label Shiraz 2016
Earthworks Barossa Shiraz 2017
Beresford Classic McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016
De Bortoli Woodfired Heathcote Shiraz 2017
Jim Barry The Barry Bros Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Jim Barry Lodge Hill Clare Valley Shiraz 2016

‘$25.00 or Less’ Gold Medal Wines Not in the ‘Top 50’
The following 13 wines were also judged of gold medal standard, but were not selected for the ‘Top 20’:
Eradus Awatere Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Farmers Market Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Tinpot Hut Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 201
Mount Riley Marlborough Riesling 2018
Te Kairanga Martinborough Riesling 2016
Soljans Estate Gisborne Gewürztraminer 2017
Spy Valley Hand Picked Single Estate Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2017
Leo Nelson Chardonnay 2017
McWilliams Hanwood Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Red Knot McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Berton Vineyard Reserve Barossa Shiraz 2016
Langmeil Prime Cut Barossa Shiraz 2016
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Shiraz 2016

‘The Premium N.Z. Selection’, Over $25.00
These are the 18 gold medal wines priced over $25.00, not eligible for the ‘Top 50’, but promoted as ‘The Premium N.Z. Selection’:
Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV
Brancott Letter Series 'O' Marlborough Chardonnay 2017
Church Road Grand Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2017
Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2016
The King's Bastard Marlborough Chardonnay 2017
Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2016
Wairau River Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2017
Zephyr Marlborough Chardonnay 2016
alex gold Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017
Carrick Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2015
Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016
Squawking Magpie Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017
te Pa¯ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Pinot Noir 2014
Wairau River Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016
Whistling Buoy Kokolo Vineyard Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016
Obsidian Estate Waiheke Island Vitreous 2015
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2016 

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