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Five Nations Wine Challenge 2011 Results

By September 12, 2011No Comments

The results of the 2011 Five Nations Wine Challenge were announced on 10 September. The 2011 event saw the addition of Chile and Argentina to the original Tri-Nations participants of Australia, South Africa and New Zealand who had competed against each other since 2003. The challenge is a unique event highlighting some of the best wines in the Southern Hemisphere, with the participating judges inviting wineries from their own country to submit their wines for judging.

This year, the judges were Huon Hooke of Australia, Michael Fridjhon of South Africa, Bob Campbell MW of N.Z, Eduardo Bethauer of Chile and Fabrico Portelli of Argentina, who had to select the top wines in 16 different classes as well as choosing the winners of four other prestigious trophies. Of the 20 trophies awarded, South Africa took 8, New Zealand 6, and 2 each for Australia, Chile and Argentina.

Here are top results and the trophy winners:

Nation of the Show – Australia
Wine of the Show – Nederburg ‘Private Bin’ Eminence Noble Late Picked Muscadel 2009 (SA)
White Wine of the Show – Paul Cluver Chardonnay 2009 (SA)
Red Wine of the Show – Kidnapper Cliffs Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (NZ)
Sparkling – Hawkesbridge Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle 2007 (NZ)
Aromatic Whites – Jordan Riesling 2009 (SA)
Chardonnay – Paul Cluver Chardonnay 2009 (SA)
Sauvignon Blanc – Mount Riley ‘Limited Release’ Sauvignon Blanc 2010 (NZ)
Other White Varieties – Bellingham ‘The Bernard Series’ Roussanne 2010 (SA)
Other White Varieties – Peter Lehmann ‘Margaret’ Semillon 2005 (Aus)
White Blends – Tokara ‘Director’s Reserve’ Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2009 (SA)
Rosé – Forrest Estate ‘Tatty Bogler’ Rosé 2010 (NZ)
Pinot Noir – Paringa Estate Pinot Noir 2009 (Aus)
Merlot – Cono Sur ’20 Barrels’ Merlot 2008 (Chi)
Malbec – Salentein ‘Reserve’ Malbec 2009 (Arg)
Bordeaux Blends – Craggy Range ‘Sophia’ Merlot/Cabernet Franc 2009 (NZ)
Red Blends – Santa Ema ‘Amplus One’ Carmenere 2008 (Chi)
Other Reds – Pulenta Estate ‘X1 Gran’ Cabernet Franc 2008 (Arg)
Shiraz – Eagles Nest Shiraz 2008 (SA)
Cabernet Sauvignon – Kidnapper Cliffs Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (NZ)
Dessert Wine – Nederburg ‘Private Bin’ Eminence Noble Late Picked Muscadel 2009 (SA)

The results are especially pleasing for me as I had earlier rated the Kidnapper Cliffs Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 and Craggy Range ‘Sophia’ 2009 both 20.0/20 points.

For the full results with trophies, double golds (runners up) and golds, go to http://www.boutiquewines.com.au/

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