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New Zealand International Wine Show 2012 – Gold Medal Winners

By September 17, 2012No Comments

The medal results of the 2012 New Zealand International Wine Show have been released. From 2,122 wins entered, there were 224 gold (10.56%), 416 silver (19.6%) and 940 bronze (44.3%) medals awarded, these adding to 1,580 wines awarded medals, a whopping 74.46% listed. These percentages are higher than the norm and are attributed to “the high quality of the wines entered” according to the Kingsley Wood, who goes on to state in his First Glass newsletter “Many of the bigger wine companies submitted only wines above a quality level, so many of the wines available in supermarkets were not in the lineup.”

The results echo that found at the Spiegelau International Wine Show judged a week earlier. Again the number of top Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs was proportionally lower, though there were strong numbers of bronzes, indicating difficulty to achieve the very highest levels of quality, though reaching a good standard indicated sound work in vineyard and winery. Chardonnay seems on a high and Riesling as well as Pinot Gris to a slightly lesser extent. The numbers of successful Bordeaux variety wines is proportionally higher, bolstered by the Australian entries. At this show, Aurstralian Shiraz features exceptionally well, and this is the case again. New Zealand Syrah seems to suffer in comparison. This is the nature of jugding a variety with no country boundaries – some styles come through ‘better’. And as the Spiegelau judging, Sparkling wines came through strongly and Gewurztraminer less so.  Because of the larger number of entries, the range of international wines featured is greater and more interesting. Click here to see my analysis of the Spiegelau judging.

The NZIWS is the largest wine competition judging in this country, and credit must be given to Kingsley Wood in organising and running the show. Having been involved in the judging for a number of years, I can attest to the amount of hard work that goes into it. The judges certainly have a difficult task with classes of large numbers of often very demanding wines, and to see the results come through with much consistency to that of other shows (and reviews of independent commentators such as myself!) gives great credibility to the show system. Those involved in judging know that the wine show system has a certain and particular methodology that enables large numbers of wines to be assessed in a logistically efficient way. It’s all about consensus between a number of experienced palates working together in a team. As always, individual differences in perspectives play a part, as with individual and independent reviewers’ approaches. A wine’s true standing can be gauged by the sum of these results and reviews. It’s a good thing that wine producers and wine consumers have a variety of resources to call upon to help them make winemaking, marketing and drinking decisions.

A full list of all the medal winning wines can be seen on the website for the New Zealand International Wine Show www.nziws.co.nz The trophy winners will be announced at an awards dinner held on 29 September and published on-line on 1 October. Here are the gold medal winners listed here for your convenience:
Ashwood Estate Gisborne Chardonnay 2010
Askerne Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2010
Barwang 842 Tumbarumba Chardonnay 2010
Bimbadgen Estate Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2011
Bird in Hand Adelaide Hills Chardonnay 2010
Church Road Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2011
Coopers Creek SV Hawkes Bay Chardonnay ‘The Limeworks’ 2011
Kahurangi Estate Mt Arthur Reserve Nelson Chardonnay 2011
Kakapo Barrel Fermented Marlborough Chardonnay 2011
Lake Chalice The Raptor Marlborough Chardonnay 2011
Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Chardonnay 2008
Marsden Estate Black Rocks Bay of Islands Chardonnay 2011
Mission Estate Jewelstone Chardonnay 2010
Moana Park Single Vineyard Reserve Gimblett Road Chardonnay 2010
Morton Private Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2009
Mount Riley 17 Valley Marlborough Chardonnay 2010
Nautilus Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2011
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 11 Cell Block Chardonnay 2011
Selaks Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2011
Stoneleigh Latitude Marlborough Chardonnay 2011
Stoneleigh Rapaura Series Marlborough Chardonnay 2011
The Landing Bay of Islands Chardonnay 2011
Vidal Legacy Series Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2010
Villa Maria Reserve Gisborne Barrique Fermented Chardonnay 2011
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2011
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2011
Sauvignon Blanc
900 Grapes Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Ara Single Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Brancott Estate ‘Flight’ Lower Alcohol Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Crossroads Milestone Series Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Jules Taylor Wines Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Little Goat Creek Black Label Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Moncellier Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Mt Olympus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Peter Yealands by Yealands Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Rapaura Springs Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Rockburn Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Sacred Hill Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Saint Clair Family Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 18 Snap Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Sileni Estate Selection ‘The Straits’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Starborough Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Te Mania Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Tohu ‘Mugwi’ Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Two Rivers of Marlborough ‘Convergence’ Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Whitehaven Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Barwang Granite Track Tumbarumba Riesling 2010
Beach House Hawkes Bay Riesling 2012
d’Arenberg The Dry Dam McLaren Vale Riesling 2008
d’Arenberg The Dry Dam McLaren Vale Riesling 2012
Eden Springs High Eden Riesling 2009
Eden Springs High Eden Riesling 2010
Giesen Marlborough Riesling 2012
Greenhough Apple Valley Nelson Riesling 2012
Kairos Wild Ferment Waipara Dry Riesling 2010
Maude Vineyard East Block Riesling 2012
Packspur Central Otago Riesling 2012
Terrace Edge Classic Waipara Valley Riesling 2011
Alan McCorkindale Waipara Valley Gewurztraminer 2010
Spy Valley Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2012
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Gewurztraminer 2010
Waimea Nelson Gewurztraminer 2011
Pinot Gris
Alan McCorkindale Central Otago Pinot Gris 2010
Aspiring Flats Central Otago Pinot Gris 2012
Brightwater Vineyards Nelson Pinot Gris 2012
Church Road McDonald Series Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2011
Forrest Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
Hunter’s Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011
Lake Chalice Wines Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
Last Horizon East Coast Tasmanian Pinot Gris 2011
Moncellier Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011
Ra Nui Wairau Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011
Rapaura Springs Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
Sea Level Home Block Nelson Pinot Gris 2012
Selaks Reserve Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
Soho Jagger Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
Stoneleigh Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011
Stoneleigh Rapaura Series Pinot Gris 2011
The People’s Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2011
Tussock Nelson Pinot Gris 2011
Yealands Estate Marlborough Pinot Gris 2010
Villa Maria Private Bin East Coast Viognier 2010
Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier 2010
Other White Varieties
Buller Wines Beverford Moscato 2011
Coopers Creek SV Gisborne Albariño ‘Bell-Ringer’ 2012
d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2010
McWilliams Mount Pleasant Cellar Release Elizabeth Semillon 2006
Tyrrells Single Vineyard Belford Hunter Semillon 2004
Sweet Whites
d’Arenberg The Noble Prankster Adelaide Hills Chardonnay Semillon 2010
Forrest Marlborough Botrytised Riesling 2011
Forrest Marlborough Noble Semillon 2011
Riverby Estate Marlborough Single Vineyard Noble Riesling 2011
Riverby Estate Noble Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon 2011
Champagne, Methode Traditionelle and Sparkling
Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur
Champagne Ayala Brut Rose Majeur
Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvee
Champagne Charles Heidsieck Brut Reserve
Champagne H. Lanvin & Fils Cuvee Selection Brut
Champagne Laurent-Perrier Brut L-P
Champagne Piper Heidsieck Cuvee Brut
Champagne Piper Heidsieck Vintage 2004
Champagne Pol Roger Brut Reserve
Champagne Pommery Springtime Rose Brut
Hunter’s Marlborough MiruMiru TM Reserve 2008
Lindauer Classic Sec
Lindauer Special Reserve Brut Cuvee
Mojo Adelaide Hills Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut Cuvee
Morton Estate Blanc de Noirs Methode Traditionelle 2005
Nautilus Estate Cuvee Marlborough Brut
Quartz Reef Bendigo Methode Traditionelle 2007
Quartz Reef Bendigo Methode Traditionelle Rose
Rose and Blush
Kalleske Wines Barossa Valley Rosina 2012
Terra Sancta Bannockburn Pinot Noir Rose 2012
Pinot Noir
Akarua Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
Bannock Brae ‘Barrel Selection’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010
Bannock Brae ‘Goldfields’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010
Brightwater Vineyards Nelson Pinot Noir 2011
Charcoal Gully Sally’s Pinch Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
Dallington Downs Waipara Pinot Noir 2010
Gibbston Valley Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010
Gibbston Valley School House Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010
Grasshopper Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010
Greystone Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2010
Hawkdun Rise Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010
Mission Estate Winery Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011
Mission Estate Winery Reserve Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011
Mud House SV Caseys Road Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010
Murdoch James Single Vineyard Blue Rock Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010
Ostler Caroline’s Pinot Noir 2010
Soho McQueen Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
Tatty Bogler Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010
Terra Sancta Estate Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011
Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Pinot Noir 2010
Wild Earth Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Predominant blends
Chateau Waimarama Hawkes Bay ‘Chateau Waimarama’ 2009
d’Arenberg The Galvo Garage Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc 2009
d’Arenberg The High Trellis McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Fox Creek Duet McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010
Fox Creek Reserve McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Katnook Founders Block Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Morambro Creek Padthaway Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Murray Street Vineyards Black Label Barossa Cabernet 2010
Rosemount District Release McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Taylors St Andrews Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Thorn Clarke William Randell Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Malbec 2008
Wolf Blass Gold Label Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2008
Merlot and Merlot Predominant blends
Cable Bay Vineyard ‘Five Hills’ Merlot Malbec 2010
CJ Pask Declaration Hawkes Bay Merlot 2007
Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Merlot 2010
Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Matua Valley Single Vineyard Matheson Hawkes Bay Merlot 2009
Saint Clair Family Estate Rapaura Reserve Merlot 2010
Vidal Reserve Series Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Shiraz/Syrah and Shiraz/Syrah Predominant blends
Anvers ‘The Warrior’ Shiraz 2009
Anvers Razorback Road Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Barossa Valley Estate Barossa Valley Shiraz 2009
Bird in Hand Nest Egg Shiraz 2010
Buller Wines Rutherglen Shiraz 2009
Chapel Hill McLaren Vale Shiraz 2009
Chateau Tanunda Barossa Tower Shiraz Primitivo 2010
Chocolate Box Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010
Church Road Reserve Hawkes Bay Syrah 2010
Crossroads Winemakers Collection Hawkes Bay Syrah 2010
Dandelion Vineyards Red Queen of the Eden Valley Shiraz 2010
d’Arenberg The Dead Arm McLaren Vale Shiraz 2009
Duck Duck Goose Barossa Valley Shiraz 2010
Ernest Hill ‘William Henry’ Hunter Valley Shiraz 2011
Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2010
Fox Creek Red Baron McLaren Vale Shiraz 2011
Fox Creek Reserve McLaren Vale Shiraz 2009
Fox Creek Short Row McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010
Gemtree Uncut McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010
Gremtree Bloodstone McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010
Jacobs Creek Centenary Hill Barossa Shiraz 2008
Kalleske Moppa Barossa Valley Shiraz 2011
Kingston Estate Barossa / Clare Valley Shiraz 2010
Koonara Ezra’s Gift Coonawarra Shiraz 2010
Langmeil Barossa Valley Floor Shiraz 2010
Millars Vineyard Mangawhai Syrah 2010
Mr Riggs Piebald Syrah 2010
Murray Street Vineyards ‘The Barossa’ 2008
Robert Oatley McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010
Rockbare McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010
Rosemount Estate Balmoral Syrah 2010
Sandalford Estate Reserve Margaret River Shiraz 2010
Serafino McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010
St Hallet Blackwell Shiraz 2008
The Colonial Estate Mungo Park Shiraz 2010
Thorn Clarke William Randell Shiraz 2010
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Syrah 2010
Wolf Blass Gold Label Barossa Shiraz 2009
Wolf Blass President’s Selection Shiraz 2010
Woop Woop SE Australian Shiraz 2010
International and Other Red Varieties
Beach House Hawkes Bay Montepulciano 2010
Bodegas Borsao Garnacha 2011
Bodegas Castano Monastrell 2011
Cable Bay ‘Edward Vineyard’ Waiheke Island Malbec 2010
Cantena Zapata Malbec 2009
Carpineto St Ercolano Vigneto Vino Nobile Montepulciano 2003
Chapoutier Belleruche Cotes-du-Rhone 2010
Church Road McDonald Series Hawkes Bay Marzemino 2009
Farnese Edizione – Edition 12 2010
Finca Constancia Parcela 23 Single Vineyard Tempranillo 2011
Luis Canas Crianza Rioja 2009
Papa Luna ‘GSM’ 2010
Pepperilly Purple Patch Grenache Mourvedre Shiraz 2010
Fortified Wines
Buller Wines Fine Old Tokay
Hanwood Grand Tawny
Krohn 20 Year Old Tawny
Krohn Quinta Do Retiro Novo Vintage 2009
Krohn Vintage 2009
Lustau Pedro Ximinez San Emillo
Taylors First Estate Reserve Port
Taylors Late Bottled Vintage Port 2005
Warres Otima 10 Year Old Tawny
Williams & Humbert Don Guido Pedro Ximinez 20 Yr Old
Wolf Blass Red Label Tawny Port

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