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Marlborough Wine Show 2013 Trophy and Gold Medal Results

By November 11, 2013No Comments

The results for the 2013 Marlborough Wine Show have been released. The Champion Wine of the Show was the Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Marlborough Dry Riesling 2013. An innovation this year was the Marlborough Museum Legacy Award trophy which was awarded to Johanneshof Cellars for their Gewurztraminer over the 2006, 2010 and 2012 vintages. And the Marlborough Wine Show Award for Vineyard Excellence was jointly awarded to Ara Wines, and Villa Maris for their Seddon Vineyard, this also being a new award.

The Marlborough Wine Show was launched in 2011 and is designed reward excellence in Marlborough wines. The show recognises Sauvignon Blanc and the different styles of that variety, as well as the other key varietals of the region. As well as the diversity of varietals, the show recognises the emerging sub-regions. The Museum Legacy Award was instituted to recognise the consistent performance of a label thus including older vintages.

For 2013, the judging was conducted over 22-23 October with Jeff Clarke chairing panels of experienced wine judges including Joe Czerwinski from the U.S.A. Of 511 wines judged, there were 33 (6.46%) golds, 91 (17.81% silver) and 235 (45.99%) bronze medals awarded, making a total medal count of 359 (70.25%). Nearly half of the golds (14) were awarded to Sauvignon Blanc. Pinot Noir seemed to be disproportionately awarded with 4 golds, the same number as Riesling. The competition director Belinda Jackson noted that the family companies of Giesen, Johanneshof and Villa Maria dominated the results winning 9 of the 15 top awards presented. Here I list the top awards and the gold medal winners. The full medal list including silvers and bronzes can be seen by visiting: www.marlboroughwinesshow.co.nz

The Top Awards

Winemakers’ Association of Marlborough trophy for Champion Sparkling Wine
Hawkesbridge Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle 2009

WineWorks trophy for Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Wither Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

WineWorks trophy for Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2012
The Fuder ‘Single Vineyard Selection: Matthews Lane’ Sauvignon Blanc 2012

WineWorks trophy for Champion Sauvignon Blanc Emerging Style
The Fuder ‘Single Vineyard Selection: Matthews Lane’ Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Ormond Nurseries Ltd trophy for Champion Chardonnay 2013 – 2012
Mount Riley ‘17 Valley’ Chardonnay 2012

Ormond Nurseries Ltd trophy for Champion Chardonnay 2011
The Fuder ‘Single Vineyard Selection: Clayvin’ Chardonnay 2011

TNL Freighting trophy for Champion Pinot Gris
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard Seddon Vineyard’ Pinot Gris 2013

New Zealand King Salmon trophy for Champion Riesling 2013 – 2012
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Marlborough Dry Riesling 2013

New Zealand King Salmon trophy for Champion Riesling 2011 and Older
Spring Creek Estate Marlborough Riesling 2011

Mantissa Corporation trophy for Champion Gewurztraminer
Johanneshof Cellars Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2012

The Honey Company Limited trophy for Champion Sweet Wine
Giesen ‘The Brothers’ Marlborough Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Classic Oak Products trophy for Champion Pinot Noir 2013 – 2012
Lawson’s Dry Hills ‘The Pioneer’ Pinot Noir 2012

O-I New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Marlborough Dry Riesling 2013

The Marlborough Museum Legacy Award
Johanneshof Cellars vintages 2006, 2010, 2012 (Gewurztraminer)

The Marlborough Wine Show Award for Vineyard Excellence
Jointly awarded to Ara Wines and Villa Maris for their Seddon Vineyard

The Gold Medal Wines

Sparkling
Hawkesbridge Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle 2009
Morton Blanc de Blanc Methode Traditionnelle 2004

Sauvignon Blanc
Babich ‘Winemakers’ Reserve’ Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Hawkesbridge Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Saint Clair ‘Vicar’s Choice’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Sanctuary Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Stoneleigh ‘Latitude’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc 2013
The Fuder ‘Single Vineyard Selection Matthews Lane’ Sauvignon Blanc 2012
The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Triplebank Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Wither Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Yealands Estate ‘Land Made Series’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Yealands Estate ‘Single Block M2’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Chardonnay
Mount Riley ‘17 Valley’ Chardonnay 2011
Mount Riley ‘17 Valley’ Chardonnay 2012
The Fuder ‘Single Vineyard Selection Clayvin’ Chardonnay 2011

Pinot Gris
Hunter’s Marlborough Pinot Gris 213
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard Seddon’ Pinot Gris 2013

Riesling
Ribbonwood Marlborough Riesling 2013
Spring Creek Estate Marlborough Riesling 2011
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Marlborough Dry Riesling 2013
Zephyr Riesling 2013

Gewurztraminer
Johanneshof Cellars Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2012

Pinot Noir
Ara ‘Select Blocks’ Pinot Noir 2012
Lawson’s Dry Hills ‘The Pioneer’ Pinot Noir 2012
The Crossings Pinot Noir 2012
Vavasour Pinot Noir 2012

Sweet Wines
Giesen ‘The Brothers’ Marlborough Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2012
The Kings Series ‘A Sticky End’ Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2011
The Kings Series ‘A Sticky End’ Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2012

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