The 2012 Avenues International Aromatic Wine Competition was judged on 6-7 October in Christchurch, and the results were announced yesterday. The Supreme Champion Wine in Show Trophy was awarded to the Maude ‘Mt Maude Vineyard’ ‘East Block’ Riesling 2012. Of the 310 entries, there were 34 (10.97%) gold medals, 61 (19.68%) silver and 125 (40.32%) bronze medals awarded, which is somewhat higher than the norm at most wine shows, indicating the higher quality seen in the aromatic styles. Saint Clair was the most successful gold medal winner with 6 wines awarded. Saint Clair also won ‘The Spence Brothers Trophy’ for Best Sauvignon Blanc Producer.
The Avenues Aromatic Wine Competition is held in conjunction with the Canterbury A&P Show and is in its tenth year. Headed by Terry Copeland, the judges this year were Sarah Burton, Petter Evans, Jim Harre, Sam Kim and Yvonne Lorkin. The competition invites entries from any recognised wine producing region in the aromatic major varietal categories of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Viognier. Muscat, Verdelho, Arneis, Sauvignon Gris and other aromatics are also catered for in the judging.
Gold Medal Winners