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New World Wine Awards 2011 – Avoiding Snobbery

By October 15, 2011No Comments

A catch-up with Wanganui-based wine writer Warren Barton and his charming wife Colleen reminded me of how important it is to have your feet on the ground and avoid snobbery. Warren is one of the most sensible and down-to-earth men around, his modest demeanour belying his considerable experience of the world, his understanding of how the world works, as well as his pragmatic sense of right and wrong.

Warren’s recent column in the ‘Southland Times (click here to view) focussed on the results of the New World Wine Awards 2011, judged in the middle of July. I‘ve seen the results, but have not reported it in my blog. The reasoning behind this was manifold; I’d already reported the results of many of the judgings, and with more to come, I felt I had to draw a line on what I’m going to highlight. The website www.wineshow.co.nz is the best resource on wine show results in any case. Also, my blog on my website is really what I want to write about and on subjects that interest me. I realise now there was a degree of snobbery involved too. My interests and background has always been with the aspirational aspects of wine, and supermarkets have always seemed at the other end of my operating spectrum.

Warren’s article jolted me back into reality. As he says, ” It’s the only show that focuses almost entirely on the ranges of wines that most of us actually buy and drink – wines that retail for less than $25”. Warren quite rightly points out that the standards of judging are the same as other shows, and indeed the judges are the same people who judge at these other shows. The proportions of medals awarded bear this out. From 1045 wines (including international) entered, there were 50 (4.78%) gold, 135 (12.91%) silver and 336 (32.15%) bronzes, a tad lower than other competitions, but these are ‘$25.00 and less’ wines. Warren points out that at least 500 cases of the wines must be available, which means national availability – good for consumer and producer alike. And another point, the show highlights a top bubbly, white and red, rather than having numerous trophies for various classes and categories, which can seem like an endorsement programme for the sponsors of a wine show.

So hence this blog item on the New World Wine Awards 2011 results. It’s worth going to the New World website (click here to go to the wine awards section) for a full background on the process, the judges, the results and a great deal more. They’ve done a great job. Here are the 50 gold medal winning wines:

Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay/Pinot Noir NV – Champion Bubbles
Jacob’s Creek Moscato Sparkling NV
Lindauer ‘Classic’ Rosé NV
Morton Estate Blanc de Blanc 2000
Pinot Gris
Dashwood Marlborough Pinot Gris 2010
Eradus Pinot Gris 2010
Framingham Pinot Gris 2009
Peter Yealands Pinot Gris 2010
Triplebank Awatere Valley Pinot Gris 2010
Lawson’s Dry Hills Riesling 2008
Mount Riley Riesling 2011 – Champion White Wine
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Dry Riesling 2010
Sauvignon Blanc
Dashwood Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Giesen ‘The Brothers’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Goldwater Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Lawson’s Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Saint Clair Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Saint Clair ‘Vicar’s Choice’ Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Tiki Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Allan Scott Marlborough Chardonnay 2010
Corbans ‘Private Bin’ Chardonnay 2007
East Coast Cleanskin Chardonnay 2010 (Evaluation Wine)
Nobilo ‘Regional Collection’ Chardonnay 2010
Selaks ‘Winemaker’s Favourite’ Chardonnay 2010
Sileni ‘Cellar Selection’ Chardonnay 2010
Waipara Hills Waipara Chardonnay 2010
West Brook ‘Barrique Fermented’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2010
Wither Hills Chardonnay 2010
Other Whites
[yellow tail] Moscato 2010
Pinot Noir
B2 Pinot Noir2010
Boundary Vineyards ‘Kings Road’ Pinot Noir 2010
Crowded House Pinot Noir 2010
Delegat ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010
Hunter’s Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009
Lil Rippa Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009
Shingle Peak ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir 2010 – Champion Red Wine
The Edge Pinot Noir 2010
Mojo Shiraz 2010
Passage Rock Waiheke Island Syrah 2009
Pepperjack Shiraz 2009
Tatty Road Shiraz 2010
Te Awa ‘Left Field’ Syrah 2010
Thorn-Clarke ‘Shotfire’ Shiraz 2009
Wolf Blass ‘Gold Label’ Shiraz 2009
Single Varietal Reds
Peter Yealands Merlot 2010
Trivento Malbec 2010
Red Blends
Esk Valley Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec 2009
Pillar Box Red 2009

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