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Bragato Wine Awards 2011 – Gold Medal Winners

By August 25, 2011No Comments

The medal results of the 2011 Bragato Wine Awards, judged 21-23 August have been released. 51 gold medals (9.27%) were awarded from 550 wines judged. There were 99 silver (18.00%) and 202 bronzes (36.73%), with a total of 352 medals (64.0%) awarded.

Of the gold medals, 12 were awarded to Pinot Noir (of 136 wines judged, with 7 golds for Syrah from 31 wines assessed. Chardonnay was a successful variety with 8 golds awarded from 62 wines entered. There were 3 gold medal sweet wines from a class of 11 wines, making it a successful category. Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot-based wines performed disappointingly with 4 golds from 67 and 1 gold from 31 wines judged respectively.

The Bragato Awards celebrates grapegrower excellence and the show recognises the quality of single vineyard sites, and can thus be seen as part of the process of identifying terroir. As can be expected, the shows favours growers who make a commitment to the best fruit and the results reflect this in the very even spread of golds across the different regions. Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay wines took 12 golds each, followed by Otago with 10, Nelson overperforming with 8 and the Auckland/Northland region also, taking 7. Only 2 golds went to Canterbury wines. Single vineyard specialists, Villa Maria and Vidal took 9 golds and Saint Clair 6 golds, a testament to the excellent work these companies carry out with their growers.

The highly experienced Olly Masters led the judging team of Jane Boyle, Cameron Douglas MS, Petter Evans, Ben Glover, Jim Harre, Dave McKee, Helen Morrison, James Rowan and Steve Voysey. The Competition Director was Mark Compton with Randy Weaver as the Chief Steward. Unfortunately the Bragato Awards dinner, scheduled for Saturday 27 August was cancelled, but it is assumed the trophy winners will still be announced at that time.

Here are the gold medal winners, those conforming to sustainability accreditation awarded ‘Pure Gold’.  The full list of medal winners can be seen here.
Osawa ‘Winemakers Collection’ 2010 – Pure
Marsden Estate ‘Black Rocks’ 2009
Saint Clair ‘Omaka Reserve’ 2010 – Pure
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard Keltern’ 2010 – Pure
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard Ihumatao’ 2010 – Pure
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard Keltern’ 2009 – Pure
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard Ihumatao’ 2009 – Pure
Wither Hills ‘Cellar Release’ 2008
Sauvignon Blanc
Ruby Bay 2010 – Pure
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 19 Bird Block’ 2010 – Pure
Toi Toi ‘Reserve; 2010 – Pure
Waimea 2011 – Pure
Brightwater 2011 – Pure
Mud House 2010 – Pure
Redoubt Hill 2010 – Pure
Waimea ‘Classic’ 2009
Pinot Gris
Inlet 2008
Kahurangi 2011 – Pure
Little Goat Creek Marlborough 2011 – Pure
Marsden Estate 2010 – Pure
Sea Level 2011 – Pure
Pasquale 2010 – Pure
Saint Clair ‘Godfreys Creek Reserve’ 2009
Other Whites
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard Omahu Gravels’ Viognier 2010 – Pure
Dessert Wines
Aotea by Seifried ‘Sweet Agnes’ Riesling 2011 – Pure
Marisco ‘a Sticky End’ Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Saint Clair ‘Awatere Valley Reserve’ Noble Riesling 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon Predominant
Vidal ‘Legacy’ Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2009
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2009 – Pure
Merlot Predominant
Squawking Magpie ‘The Nest’ Gimblett Gravels Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2008
Pinot Noir
Bald Hills ‘3 Acres’ 2010 – Pure
Bannock Brae ‘Goldfields’ 2009
Ceres ‘Composition’ 2007
Charcoal Gully ‘Sally’s Pinch’ 2010 – Pure
Gibbston Valley 2010 – Pure
Grasshopper Rock 2009 – Pure
Hawkdun Rise 2009
Hawkshead Bannockburn 2009 – Pure
Olssens ‘Slapjack Creek’ 2009 – Pure
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 12 Lone Gum’ 2010 – Pure
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 15 Strip Block’ 2010 – Pure
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard Southern Clays’ 2009
Other Red
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Grenache 2007
Yealands Estate 2011 – Pure
Ash Ridge 2009
Coopers Creek ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay 2010 – Pure
Coopers Creek ‘SV Chalk Ridge’ Hawke’s Bay 2009
Jurassic Ridge 2008
Mudbrick ‘Reserve’ 2010 – Pure
Mudbrick ‘Shepherd’s Point’ 2010 – Pure
Squawking Magpie ‘The Stoned Crow’ Gimblett Gravels 2009

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