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New World Wine Awards 2016 – The Top 50 and Gold Medal Winners

By October 10, 2016No Comments

The results of the 2016 New World Wine Awards have been released. Of the 1,319 wines entered, there were 88 (6.67%) gold medals awarded, 192 (14.56%) silver and 499 (37.83%) bronzes, making a total of 779 (59.06%) wines taking a medal award. The New World Wine Awards are unique in that the wine entered must retail at $25.00 or less, and that there must be at least 5,000 bottle available for sale. The wines are judged to the same standards and internationally recognised points system as all other major wine shows. The Top 50 wines are then made available nationwide through the chain of New World supermarkets. www.newworld.co.nz

This year’s judging was held 1-3 August in Wellington with a 13 judge team led by Jim Harre, with Sue Hodder of Wynns Coonawarra Estate, Australia as the guest overseas judge. The other judges were Jane Boyle, Terry Copeland, Simon Fell, Jack Glover, Sam Kim, Dr Alastair Leggat,Alastair Maling MW, Olly Masters, Simon Nunns, Barry Riwai and James Rowan. Eight associate judges were selected from personnel from New World stores nationwide.

The New World Wine Awards has grown in importance for the wine industry, this year seeing a record number of entries. The results of the judging are well-accepted, with over 320.000 bottles worth $4.6m retail sold in the first six weeks of the promotion. The full results of the 2016 New World Wine Awards are available on www.newworld.co.nz/media/7431342/nwwa_2016_a4_medal_results_web_lr__1_.pdf The website has plenty of information on the judging process with wine and food matches and other related subjects.

The Shiraz/Syrah class was the most successful with the most medals, 119, awarded overall, with 13 golds as well. Sauvignon Blanc wines won 13 gold medals, and Pinot Noirs took 12 gold medals, followed by 11 for Chardonnay. And there were 9 golds for Pinot Gris.

Here are the Top 50 Wines listed by variety. All are gold medal winners. The Champion Wine of each variety or category is noted:

Sauvignon Blanc
Brancott Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Kim Crawford Small Parcels Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Mount Vernon Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – Champion Sauvignon Blanc
Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Rapaura Springs Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Thornbury Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Tohu Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Toi Toi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Clearview Estate Beachhead Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2015 – Champion Chardonnay
McWilliam’s Markview Chardonnay 2015
Saint Clair James Sinclair Marlborough Chardonnay 2014
Seppelt Jaluka Chardonnay 2015
Te Kairanga Martinborough Chardonnay 2014

Pinot Gris
Mount Riley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
Sherwood Estate Stoney Range Pinot Gris 2016
Thornbury Waipara Pinot Gris 2016 – Champion Pinot Gris
Waimea Nelson Pinot Gris 2015
Wither Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
Woven Stone Single Vineyard Ohau Pinot Gris 2015

Giesen Riesling 2015 – Champion Riesling
Old Coach Road Nelson Lighter Riesling 2015

Sparkling Wines
Brancott Estate Brut Cuvée NV – Champion Sparkling Wine
De Bortoli DB Sparkling Brut NV
Seppelt Salinger 2012
Soljans Estate Fusion Sparkling Muscat NV
Verde Gisborne Brut NV

The Ned Marlborough Pinot Rosé 2016
Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay Rosé 2016 – Champion Rosé

Pinot Noir
Esk Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015 – Champion Pinot Noir
Goldfields Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
Pick & Shovel Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
Rapaura Springs Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015
Thornbury Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
Tohu Awatere Valley Pinot Noir 2015
Vidal Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015
Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2015

Shiraz & Syrah
Henry’s Drive Pillar Box Red Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Kirrihill Regional Selection Shiraz 2015
Mission Estate Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2015 – Champion Shiraz & Syrah
Ngatarawa Glazebrook Regional Reserve Hawkes Bay Syrah 2015
VNO Shiraz 2014
Wolf Blass ‘Blass’ Shiraz 2015

Single Varietal Reds
Brancott Estate Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2015
Mesta Tempranillo 2015
Mission Estate Reserve Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Sandalford Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – Champion Single Varietal Red
Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay Merlot 2015

Red Blends
Church Road Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Malbec 2014
Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2015
Robert Oatley GSM 2015 – Champion Red Blend

The Other 38 Gold Medal Winners
The other 38 gold medal winners, not in the Top 50, may have met the price or volume requirements, are as follows:

Sauvignon Blanc
Ara Select Blocks Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Black Cottage Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Harwood Hall Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Vidal Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Villa Maria Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Bird in Hand Chardonnay 2016
Bird in Hand Nest Egg Chardonnay 2015
Charles Wiffen Marlborough Chardonnay 2015
Delegat Crownthorpe Terraces Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2015
Houghton Margaret River Chardonnay 2015
Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay 2015

Pinot Gris
Farmers Market Pinot Gris 2016
Sherwood Estate Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2015
Yalumba Y Series Pinot Grigio 2015

Mud House The Mound Vineyard Riesling 2014
The Doctor’s Marlborough Riesling 2014

Sparkling Wines
Te Hana Reserve Cuvee NV

Sweet Wines
Hunter’s Hukapapa Marlborough Dessert Riesling 2014
Stanley Estates Noble Harvest Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Pinot Noir
Dawn Ghost Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
The Ned Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015
Tinpot Hut Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014

Shiraz & Syrah
30 Mile Shiraz 2015
Chateau Tanunda The Chateau Single Vineyard Shiraz 2013
d’Arenberg d’Arrys Original Shiraz Grenache 2013
Grant Burge 5th Generation Shiraz 2015
Norfolk Rise Vineyard Shiraz 2015
Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2015
Zonte’s Footstep Chocolate Factory Shiraz 2015

Single Varietal Reds
Bird in Hand Nest Egg Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Johnny Q Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Red Blends
Grant Burge 5th Generation Cabernet Merlot 2014
Saint Clair Premium Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Merlot 2015

Other Reds
Arriba Tempranillo 2015
Caravan Petit Sirah 2015
Chapel Hill ‘The Parson’ Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2015
Pirramimma Vineyard Select GSM 2013

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