The results for the ninth International Aromatic Wine Competition were released in October, but in the rush of higher profile wine show results also being made public, I’ve missed them. However, the results of this show are very relevant, as the show is open to varieties that are particularly suited for enjoyment over the warmer months. Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Viognier classes are supplemented by judging for newer and rarer-seen varieties in this country, such as Gruner Veltliner, Verdelho, Arneis and Sauvignon Gris. The competition is open to wines from any internationally recognised region.
Of 408 wines judged, up 31 entries over the previous year, there were 21 (5.15%) gold, 66 (16.18%) silver and 173 (42.4%) bronze medals awarded. The Supreme Champion Wine in Show Trophy went to the Whitehaven Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2010, and follows the award to another Gewurztraminer in 2010, which was the West Brook Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2010.
The judging is run under the auspices of the Canterbury A&P Show, with experienced judge Terry Copeland as the chairman, with Jane Boyle, Rex Ormandy, Petter Evans, Yvonne Lorkin, Jo Burzynska and Jim Harré as the judges.
Following is a list of the trophy and gold medal winners. The full results can be seen at www.theshow.co.nz/downloads/International_Aromatic_Wine_Comp_Results_2011.pdf