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Marlborough Wine Show 2012 – Gold Medal Winners

By October 25, 2012No Comments

The medal results for the 2012 Marlborough Wine Show have been released. From 380 wines judges, there were 39 (10.26%) gold medals awarded, 79 (20.79%) silver and 163 (42.89%) bronzes awarded. This is one of the higher proportions of medals awarded in any New Zealand wine show indicating the very high quality of the wines entered for judging. The judges were led by veteran Jeff Clarke, chief winemaker at Ara Wines, previously head of the Pernod-Ricard winemaking team in New Zealand, with Ralph Kyte-Powell from Melbourne as guest judge.

The 2012 competition, judged over 16 and 17 October was the second Marlborough Wine Show which has been created to showcase the diversity of Marlborough wine styles, especially those from Sauvignon Blanc, but also the other key varietals of the region. Wines are judged to sub-region, thus recognising the particular characteristics of the different terroirs. And the show is another that assesses older wines.

I’m a supporter of regional wine competitions as they have a greater focus on the individuality of specific wine regions and investigate the strengths of them much more closely. The results and awards recognise the particular characteristics and finer points of the wines that emanate from the region. And the judges involved usually have a greater familiarity with the wines. While the growing number of shows and resultant medals grow and can be confusing to the general consumer, those that are keen, and wine industry personnel find the results of great interest and usefulness.

Following are the gold medal winners. The trophy winners will be announced at a special dinner celebrating the Marlborough wine industry on 10 November in Blenheim. For a full list of the medals and more information about the show, go to www.marlboroughwineshow.co.nz
The Gold Medal Winners
Nautilus ‘Cuvee Marlborough’ Brut NV
Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Durvillea Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Mount Riley ‘Limited Release’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Saint Clair ‘Premium’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Ara ‘Single Estate’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Kim Crawford ‘SP – Spitfire’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Matua Valley ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Brancott Estate ‘Special Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Stoneleigh ‘Latitude’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Saint Clair ‘Wairau Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Auntsfield ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
The Ned Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Villa Maria ‘SV – Southern Clays’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Triplebank Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Sauvignon Blanc 2011
The King’s Favour Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Sauvignon Blanc 2010 and older
Mount Nelson Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Sauvignon Blanc emerging styles
Waterfalls Road ‘Technical Drop’ Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Chardonnay 2012 – 2011
Hunter’s Marlborough Chardonnay 2011
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 10 – Twin Hills’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2011
Pinot Gris
Opawa Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
Stanley Estates Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
Kim Crawford ‘Regional Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
Matua Valley ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Riesling 2011
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Dry Riesling 2011
Two Rivers ‘Juliet’ Marlborough Riesling 2012
Vic Williams ‘Selection’ Classic Marlborough Riesling 2012
Coopers Creek Marlborough Riesling 2010
Coopers Creek Marlborough Riesling 2009
Coopers Creek ‘SV – Mister Phebus’ Marlborough Riesling 2009
Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2010
Sweet Wines
Brancott Estate ‘Letter Series’ ‘B’ Marlborough Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Pinot Noir 2012 – 2011
Peter Yealands Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011
Babich ‘Winemakers Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011
Whitehaven ‘Greg’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011
Pinot Noir 2010
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010
Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 14 – Doctor’s Creek’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010
Saint Clair ‘Omaka Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010
Pinot Noir 2009 and older
Villa Maria ‘SV – Southern Clays’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009

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