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New World Wine Awards 2013 Results

By September 23, 2013No Comments
The results of the 2013 New World Wine Awards have been released. Of 1099 wines entered for judging, there were 53 (4.8%) gold medals awarded, 122 silvers (11.1%) and 432 (39.3%) bronzes awarded, with a total medal count of 607 (55.2%). These proportions are just a little lower than most other wine judging competitions conducted in the country, arguably reflecting the relative quality entered for judging. The Champion White Wine was the Spy Valley Marlborough Chardonnay 2012, the Champion Red Wine the Treasures Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 and the Champion Bubbles the Lindauer ‘Classic’ Rosé.

This is a significant wine competition for the consumer as all the wines entered must retail at less than $25.00 per bottle, and there must be a minimum of 6,000 bottles available for sale. The wines that are successful are therefore affordable and easy to obtain, as they will be distributed and promoted in New World’s 138 supermarkets nationwide.
The standards for judging at the New World Wine Awards are the same as the other major wine competitions in the country, and the judges are regularly involved in these other shows. The Chair of Judges again was Jim Harré, who led a team with Dr Tony Jordan as the guest international judge, and winemakers Michael Ivicevich, Jeff Clarke, Barry Riwai, Olly Masters, James Rowan, Sarah-Kate Dineen, Simon Nunns, Simon Waghorn and Kate Bennet, as well as industry professionals Terry Copeland and Jane Boyle.

The competition is gaining in momentum with a record number of entries and of the 156 entrants, there were 28 new, at this eleventh judging of the awards. The results follow that of the other shows with the Marlborough region the most successful followed by Hawke’s Bay. Of the varieties and styles, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz/Syrah, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Single Red Varietals, Pinot Gris and Bubbles were wines most entered for judging. Of these, Chardonnay performed with the highest proportion of medals followed by Riesling, Pinot Gris and Shiraz/Syrah. Pinot Noir saw a decrease proportion of medals, whereas Sweet Wines saw an increase. There were 176 International Wines, the most successful country being Australia. This year, the show introduced a ‘Lower and Reduced Alcohol’ class which attracted 12 entries, of which 7 gained medals.

Gold Medal Winners and Top 50
Listed below are the 53 gold medal winners listed by style. New World will promote a ‘Top 50’ which is made up of 48 of the gold medal winners and 2 silver medal wines, omitting 5 of the golds. I note the gold medal wines not included and also list the 2 silver medal wines in the ‘Top 50’. Full results can be seen at www.newworld.co.nz

Sauvignon Blanc
Ara ‘Pathway’ 2013
Brancott Estate ‘Special Reserve’ 2012
Clearwater Cove 2013
Muddy Water ‘Growers’ Series’ 2012
Peter Yealands 2013
Rossendale 2013
Sacred Hill 2013
Saints 2012
Tinpot Hut 2012
Waimea 2012
Wild River 2012

Mission ‘Reserve’ 2012
Mount Riley 2012 (Not in Top 50)
Spy Valley 2012 (Champion White Wine)

Lawson’s Dry Hills 2011

Pinot Gris
Brancott Estate ‘Special Reserve’ 2012
Church Road ‘McDonald Series’ 2012
Main Divide 2012
Mud House 2012
Peter Yealands 2012
Saddleback 2011
Triplebank Awatere Valley 2013
Vidal ‘White Series’ East Coast 2012

Coopers Creek Marlborough 2010
Giesen 2013
Kingsmill ‘Tippet’s Race’ 2009
Mount Riley 2013
Sherwood Estate ‘Stoney Range’ Waipara Valley 2012
Terrace Edge ‘Classic’ 2011 (Not in Top 50)
The Crater Rim Waipara 2011

Rolling Pink 2012
Villa Maria ‘Private Bin’ Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2013

Pinot Noir
Ara ‘Single Estate’ 2012
Dashwood Marlborough 2012
Mud House 2012
Saddleback 2011

Syrah/Shiraz and Blends
30 Mile Shiraz 2012
Dandelion Vineyards ‘Lionheart of the Barossa’ Shiraz 2011
Johnny Q South Australia Shiraz 2010
Moonstruck Victoria Shiraz 2012
Taylors ‘Promised Land’ Shiraz/Cabernet 2009

Single Varietal Reds
Penfolds ‘Hyland’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (Not in Top 50)
Saint Clair ‘Premium’ Marlborough Merlot 2012
Treasures Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (Champion Red Wine)

Red Blends
Spy Valley Marlborough Merlot/Malbec 2011
Wild Rock ‘Gravel Pit Red’ Merlot/Malbec 2011 (Not in Top 50)

Other Reds
Elefante Garnacha 2011

Low-Reduced Alcohol
Wolf Blass ‘Red Label’ Moscato

Sparkling Wines
Lindauer ‘Classic’ Brut Cuvee
Lindauer ‘Classic’ Rosé (Champion Bubbles)

Sweet Wines
Bimbadgen ‘Regions’ Botrytis Semillon 2010
Selaks ‘Reserve’ Gewurztraminer/Riesling 2011 (Not in Top 50)
The Ned ‘Noble’ Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Silver Medal Wines in Top 50
Brancott Estate ‘Living Land’ Pinot Noir 2012
Rosemount ‘Diamond’ Merlot 2012

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