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New World Wine Awards 2020 – The Top 50

By October 4, 2020No Comments

The results of the 2020 New World Wine Awards Top 50 have been released. Over 1,200 wines entered from 165 different wineries. Top 50 list includes a wide range of Gold-medal wines, from classic favourites like Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir to an increasing number of ’emerging wines’ like Albariño, Malbec and Tempranillo. There are also six sparkling winners, including a Prosecco for the first time in history. 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 4,000 bottles available for sale or 2,000 for emerging varietals. 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

For the first time in its 18 year history, as a COVID-19 response, NWWA had taken the show on the road, hosted multiple regional judging events over 10 days in key wine regions around the country. The judging team made up of 18 wine experts led by Jim Harre, who blind-tasted and evaluated the wines over three days. 

The full results of the 2020 New World Wine Awards are available on https://www.newworld.co.nz/discover/wine-awards

The website has plenty of information on the judging process with wine and food matches and other related subjects.

The Top 50 comprise of 5 Aromatics, 6 Sparkling, 6 Chardonnay, 5 Pinot Gris, 5 Pinot Noir, 2 Red Blends, 6 Rosé, 8 Sauvignon Blanc, 4 Shiraz/Syrah and 3 Single variety reds. 

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


Mount Riley Marlborough Riesling 2020

Seifried Nelson Gewürztraminer 2020

The Crater Rim Waipara Viognier 2019

The Hunting Lodge Seasonal Collection Albariño 2020

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Riesling 2018 – Champion Aromatic


Cinzano Prosecco D.O.C

Graham Norton’s Own Prosecco 

Morton Estate Brut 

Verde Brut 

Lindauer Vintage Series Brut Cuvée 2017 – Champion Bubbles

Lindauer Vintage Series Rosé 2017


te Pā Chardonnay 2019

Clearview Estate Beachhead Chardonnay 2019

Lawson’s Dry Hills Reserve Chardonnay 2019

Church Road Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2019 – Champion Chardonnay

Stoneleigh Wild Valley Marlborough Chardonnay 2019

Leveret Estate Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2019

Pinot Gris:

Giesen Estate Pinot Gris 2019

Roaring Meg Pinot Gris 2019

Wither Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris 2019

Rocky Point Pinot Gris 2020

Vidal Reserve Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2019 – Champion Pinot Gris

Pinot Noir:

Borthwick Paper Road Pinot Noir 2019

Mount Brown Estates Pinot Noir 2019

Sugar Loaf Southern Valleys Pinot Noir 2019

The Crater Rim “From the Ashes” Pinot Noir 2019

Framingham Nobody’s Hero Pinot Noir 2019 – Champion Pinot Noir

Red Blends:

Church Road Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

The Hunting Lodge Expressions Merlot Malbec 2019 – Champion Red Blend


Waiata Waipara Pinot Noir Rosé 2020

MIDDLE-EARTH™ Pinot Meunier Rosé 2020

Banrock Station Pink Moscato 2019

Mount Riley “The Bonnie” Pinot Rosé 2020 – Champion Rosé

Stoneleigh Marlborough Pinot Noir Rosé 2020

SOHO White Collection Harry Rosé 2020

Sauvignon Blanc:

Waiata Waipara Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Alpha Domus Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Mount Riley Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Two Rivers Convergence Sauvignon Blanc 2020 – Champion Sauvignon Blanc

Squawking Magpie Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Rapaura Springs Classic Sauvignon Blanc 2020


Grant Burge 5th Generation Shiraz 2018 – Champion Shiraz & Syrah

Paritua Stone Paddock Syrah 2018

Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2018

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Syrah 2019

Single Variety Red:

Latente Reserva Malbec 2017

De Bortoli Woodfired Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 – Champion Single Variety Red

Running With Bulls Tempranillo 2019


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