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Marlborough Winemakers Wine Options 2011 – Round One

By July 15, 2011No Comments

The first round of wine options for the Marlborough winemakers kicked off with a high-spirited evening at Drylands Restaurant in Hammerichs’ Road in Rapaura. 2011 marks the fifth year of this extremely popular event, and participants eagerly anticipated this first competition coinciding with the first real icy blast of winter.

Marlborough has borne the brunt of the woes of the New Zealand wine industry, being blamed for oversupply and the so-called ‘savalanche’, the problems from which have been exacerbated by the GFC. While the difficult times are not yet over, the region has shown resilience and a positive feeling of optimism is building. The new 2011 vintage has yielded some excellent quality, accessible wine, and along with the wines from the outstanding 2010 harvest, there is plenty of material to go forth boldly and succeed in all channels and markets. The region however, requires a more unified representation in marketing and promotion, one that respects celebrates the winegrowing and winemaking diversity of the region.

25 teams competed in this first round. The winners were:
1st – 105/150 points max., ‘Ibbo’s Angels’ of Saint Clair, with Sarina Ibbotson, Stewart Maclennan, Nikki de Reeper and Mark Shaw
2nd – 100/150 points, ‘Spit-Hoons’ of Nautilus, with Brett Bermingham, Clive Jones and Tim Ritchie
3rd – 95/150 points, ‘Must Chill’ of Rapara Vintners, with Elaine Clarke, Shane Dobson, Bradley Kelly and Bodie Luke
Last Place – 50/150 points, ‘The Reserve Bench’ of Villa Maria, with Deb, Michelle, Richard and Salvador (Surnames omitted to save embarrassment!)
Last Man Standing – Elaine Sloot of Wither Hills, winner of a bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne
The wines served were:
von Kesselstatt Piesporter Goldtrofchen Riesling Kabinett 2009
Kumeu River ‘Hunting Hill’ Chardonnay 2008
Albert Mann Alsace Grand Cru Gewurztraminer ‘Steingrubler’ 2009
Instinct Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot/Malbec 2007
Vynfields ‘Reserve’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2009
Henschke ‘Johann’s Garden’ Grenache/Mourvedre/Shiraz 2004
Telmo Rodriguez ‘Altos de Lanzaga’ Rioja 2006


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