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2011 Marlborough Wine Show Results – 46 ‘Excellent’ Wines

By September 11, 2011No Comments

Held over 1-2 September, Marlborough’s first regional wine judging competition has yielded 46 wines rated as ‘Excellent’ from 424 entries. This is 10.85% of the wines judged, and according to chief judge Jeff Clarke reflects the recent run of good vintages. There were also 105 ‘Highly Recommended’ wines (24.76%) and 179 ‘Recommended’ wines (42.22%), with a total of 330 wines (77.83%) recognised for quality.

The use of the more consumer-driven and understandable award names instead of the traditional medal awards is one of the initiatives instituted by competition director Belinda Jackson. While the judging standards to the new terms is exactly the same as the medal criteria, wine drinkers will be able to make a more direct interpretation of the new award.

The other major initiative was to judge the wines in sub-regional classes. This is in recognition of the emergence of sub-regional styles apparent in the wines of Marlborough. This process was designed to highlight these differences and explore the range of styles within the sub-regions.

The Marlborough Wine Show joins other regional judging competitions that have been conducted in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay. To focus solely on one region, and in this case New Zealand’s largest wine growing region is extremely will help in understanding of the diversity as well as unity of Marlborough among wine interested people in this country and internationally

Here are the 46 wines judged as ‘Excellent’, which are equivalent to gold medal standard:

Hunters ‘Miru Miru’ NV
Sauvignon Blanc Multi-Region
Kim Crawford ‘Regional Reserve’ 2011
Lawson’s Dry Hills 2011
Pointless Yards 2011
Selaks ‘Heritage Reserve’ 2011
Sauvignon Blanc Wairau Valley
Giesen ‘The August’ 2010
Hunters 2011
Matua Valley ‘Reserve’ 2011
Saint Clair 2011
Villa Maria ‘Reserve Wairau Valley’ 2011
Wairau River ‘Reserve’ 2011
Sauvignon Blanc Southern Valleys
The Kings Favour 2011
Sauvignon Blanc Awatere and Southward
Invivo 2011
Morton Estate ‘Black Label’ Awatere 2009
Selaks ‘Winemaker’s Favourite’ 2010
Shingle Peak ‘Reserve’ 2011
Squealing Pig Awatere Valley 2011
Yealands ‘Reserve’ 2009
Sauvignon Blanc Emerging Styles
Kairos ‘Wild Barrique Ferment’ 2009
Chardonnay Oaked
Lake Chalice ‘Raptor’ 2010
Lawson’s Dry Hills 2008
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 10 Twin Hills’ 2010
Wither Hills 2010
Wither Hills 2007
Pinot Gris
ARA ‘Single Estate’ 2011
T.H.E. Terrace Heights Estate 2011
Whitehaven 2009
Hunters 2009
John Forrest Collection 2006
Stoneleigh 2011
Tohu 2011
Two Rivers of Marlborough ‘Juliet’ 2011
Hunters 2010
Johanneshof Cellars 2010
Sweet Wines
Johanneshof Noble Late Harvest Riesling 2008
John Forrest Collection Noble Riesling 2006
Pinot Noir Multi-Region
Jules Taylor 2010
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ 2009
Whitehaven 2010
Pinot Noir Wairau Valley
Coopers Creek ‘Riparian’ 2010
Pinot Noir Southern Valleys
Lawson’s Dry Hills 2009
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 14 Doctor’s Creek’ 2010
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 22 Barn Block’ 2010
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard Southern Clays’ 2008
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard Southern Clays’ 2009
Pinot Noir Awatere and Southward
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 16 Awatere’ 2010
Other Red Varietals and Blends
Stoneleigh Merlot 2010

The full results can be seen at www.wineshow.co.nz

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