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New Zealand International Wine Show 2013 – Gold Medal Winners

By September 16, 2013No Comments

The medal winners from this year’s judging of the largest wine competition conducted in New Zealand were released yesterday. From 2005 wines judged, there were 201 (10.02%) gold medal wines, 391 (19.5%) silvers and 848 (42.29%) bronzes, making a total medal count of 1440 (71.82%). This is a slightly higher medal proportion than is usually the case, indication either a positive to the judging or a higher standard of wines entered, or both! The judging was conducted from 9-11 September under the direction of convenor Kingsley Wood of First Glass Wines and Spirits, Takapuna. Bob Campbell MW was the Chairman of Judges, leading panels of some of the most experienced wine judges in the country.

Gold Medal Breakdown and Analysis
The results from such a large number of entries always provides plenty of information of trends. In the wine industry in New Zealand. Of the 201 gold medals, 83 were awarded to international entries and included Champagne, Ports Sherries, European Reds, South American and wines from U.S.A., and many from Australia, making it a very strong recognition of overseas wines. This large number of top imported wines will not only be heartening for distributors, but will give guidance to keen wine enthusiasts and consumers.

The Classes
Chardonnay was a very strong class with 21 golds. Hawke’s Bay was proportionally the most successful region with 7 golds, with Marlborough taking 8 golds, but from more entries. The Villa Maria group was the star performer with 6 Chardonnay golds.

As could be expected, Sauvignon Blanc was also a strong class with 29 golds, 24 of these from the 2013 vintage and practically all the wines from Marlborough. Saint Clair performed spectacularly with 7 of these golds in Sauvignon Blanc.
The Aromatic wines did not shine as much, with 12 golds for Pinot Gris. 9 for Riesling, of which 3 were from Australia, and 4 for Gewurztraminer. There were 2 golds for Viognier and 5 for Other Whites, of which 3 of these were Hunter Valley Semillons.

Sweet Whites performed well with 8 golds, and with the 17 golds for Sparkling Wines, 10 went to Champagne wines. The surprise category was Rosé and Blush with 5 golds. After many years where this is one of the worst performing classes, why are there plenty of awards here? Are producers taking this category more seriously by aiming for purpose-made wines? Did the judges take a more lenient approach? My conclusion would be the former explanation, based on my tastings so far!

Pinot Noir was another strong category with 24 golds, partly from the number of entries. Central Orago took honours here with 11 golds, followed by Marlborough with 9 golds. Again, Saint Clair was the notable producer with 4 gold medals. Mud House, SOHO and Terra Sancta each took 2 golds for Pinot Noir.

Shiraz and Syrah is usually the most awarded category at the N.Z. International Wine Show, this year with a massive 31 golds. 29 of these were from Australia. There has been the call for the Syrah wines to be separated from the Shiraz styles for judging due to the diverse differences in style. Of course, the experienced judges should be able to assess the wines for their inherent quality regardless of style expression of the variety. The argument is, of course, should Sauvignon Blanc then be separated into New Zealand and Other Countries?

The Bordeaux varieties performed poorly with 9 golds for Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines, of which 7 came from Australia; there was a role reversal with the 5 Merlot golds, 4 of these coming from New Zealand. Across the Bordeaux varieties, the Villa Maria group took 5 of the 14 golds. The International and Other Reds always make an interesting collection, this year being 8 in number. And wrapping it up, there were 12 Fortified Wine golds, 7 going to Port styles and 3 to PX Sherry.

The Producers
The most successful exhibitor was the Villa Maria group with 21 gold medals awarded to the Villa Maria, Vidal, Esk Valley, Thornbury and Te Awa brands. The golds span a very full range of varieties and styles, indicating a mastery of them all. This has been the case for Villa Maria for many, many years, and I applaud yet another dominating result.
Following very closely was Saint Clair with 14 golds in Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and with a Sweet wine. Saint Clair make no secret of their desire to emulate Villa Maria. Again, the result is typical of the trends over the last decade.

It is good to see industry giants Pernod-Ricard and Yealands perform well, with 10 and 9 golds respectively. And Giesen, a large player took 7 golds with their limited production wines. Two Australian producers, Quarisa Wines and Shingleback took 5 golds each, for their reds. Again, these two are not strangers to good numbers of top awards.
The trophy winning wines will be announced at an awards dinner to be held on Saturday 28 September. Also at the dinner, a New Zealand wine industry person will be awarded the ‘Sir George Fistonich Medal’ as ‘A Legend of New Zealand Wine’. I’ll post these results as they come to hand.

For all of the medal results, go to www.nziws.co.nz or www.wineshow.co.nz Here are the gold medal winning wines listed according to class:

Bird in Hand Chardonnay 2012
Church Road ‘Grand Reserve’ Chardonnay 2012
Couper’s Shed Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2010
Crossroads ‘Winemakers Collection’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2011
Jules Taylor Wines Marlborough Chardonnay 2012
Lochiel Estate Chardonnay 2012
Nautilus Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2012
Pask ‘Declaration’ Chardonnay 2011
Saint Clair ‘Omaka Reserve’ Chardonnay 2012
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 10 Twin Hills’ Chardonnay 2012
Taylors ‘St Andrews’ Chardonnay 2012
The Fuder ‘Single Vineyard Selection: Clayvin’ Chardonnay 2011
The Fuder ‘Single Vineyard Selection: Clayvin’ Chardonnay 2012
The Landing Chardonnay 2012
Vidal ‘Legacy Series’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2011
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Gisborne ‘Barrique Fermented’ Chardonnay 2012
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2012
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2011
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard Keltern’ Chardonnay 2012
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard Taylors’ Pass Chardonnay 2011
Wooing Tree Chardonnay 2012

Sauvignon Blanc
Bishops Head ‘Rockface’ Waipara Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Boundary Rapaura Road Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Brancott Estate’ Letter Series B’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Clearwater Cove Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Coopers Creek Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Giesen ‘The August’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Matua Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Nautilus Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Peter Yealands Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Rapaura Springs Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Rapaura Springs ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 1 Foundation’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 18 Snap Block’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 2 Swamp Block’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 20 Cash Block’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 24’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Saint Clair ‘Wairau Reserve’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Sileni Estate Selection ‘The Straits’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Stoneleigh ‘Latitude’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Te Awa ‘Leftfield’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013
The Fuder ‘Single Vineyard Selection: Matthews Lane’ Sauvignon Blanc 2012
The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2013
The Sisters Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Triplebank Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Villa Maria ‘Reserve Wairau Valley’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Yealands Estate Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Yealands Estate ’Land Made Series’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Yealands Estate ‘Single Block M2’ Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Charles Wiffen Riesling 2010
d’Arenberg ‘The Dry Dam’ Riesling 2008
d’Arenberg ‘The Dry Dam’ Riesling 2012
Langmeil ‘Live Wire’ Riesling 2012
Lawson’s Dry Hills Riesling 2011
Maude, Mt Maude Vineyard, East Block Riesling 2013
Mount Riley Riesling 2013
Riverby Estate ‘Eliza’ Marlborough Riesling 2012
Rockburn Central Otago ‘Tigermoth’ Riesling 2012

Huntaway ‘Reserve’ Gewurztraminer 2011
Johanneshof Cellars Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2012
Richmond Plains Gewurztraminer 2012
Seifried ‘Winemakers Collection’ Nelson Gewurztraminer 2013

Pinot Gris
3 Stones Awatere Valley Pinot Gris 2013
Askerne Pinot Gris 2013
Charles Wiffen Pinot Gris 2011
Clearwater Cove Awatere Valley Pinot Gris 2013
Freeland Central Otago Pinot Gris 2013
Giesen Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013
Jules Taylor Wines Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013
Lawson’s Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2013
Thornbury Waipara Pinot Gris 2013
Vavasour Awatere Valley Pinot Gris 2012
Wingspan Pinot Gris 2012
Yealands Estate ‘Single Block R6’ Awatere Valley Pinot Gris 2012

Church Road ‘Grand Reserve’ Viognier 2010
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard Omahu Gravels’ Viognier 2010

Other White Varieties
Bimbadgen ‘Signature Palmers Lane’ Semillon 2009
Tyrrell’s ‘Steven’ Semillon 2007
Tyrrell’s ‘Vat 1’ Semillon 2006
Villa Maria ‘Private Bin’ East Coast Arneis 2013
Waimea Nelson Sauvignon Gris 2013

Sweet Whites
Alpha Domus ‘AD’ Noble Selection 2011
De Bortoli ‘Noble One’ Botrytis Semillon 2009
Giesen ‘The Brothers’ Marlborough Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Greenhough ‘Ambrosia’ 2012
Johanneshof Cellars Noble Late Harvest Riesling 2011
Saint Clair ‘Godfrey’s Creek Reserve’ Noble Riesling 2013
Seifried ‘Winemakers Collection’ Nelson ‘Sweet Agnes’ Riesling 2013
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Noble Riesling Botrytis Selection 2012

Champagne, Methode Traditionnelle and Sparkling
Champagne Billecart-Salmon ‘Reserve Brut’ NV
Champagne Billecart-Salmon Rose NV
Champagne Bollinger Rose NV
Champagne Bollinger ‘Special Cuvee’ NV
Champagne Delaplace NV
Champagne Dumangin ‘Premium’ Blanc de Blanc Premier Cru NV
Champagne Marguet ‘Reserve’ Grand Cru NV NV
Champagne Piper Heidsieck ‘Cuvee Brut’ NV
Champagne Pol Roger ‘Brut Reserve’ NV
Champagne Charles Heidsieck ‘Brut Reserve’ NV
Deutz ‘Marlborough Cuvée’ Rose 2007
Fox Creek ‘Vixen’ Sparkling Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc NV
Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Moscato NV
Lindauer Classic’ Rose NV
Lindauer ‘Special Reserve’ Blanc de Blanc NV
No 1 Family Estate ‘Cuvee Adele’ 2009
Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut NV

Rosé and Blush
Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Merlot Malbec Rose 2013
Kim Crawford ‘Reserve Pansy’ Rose 2013
MIDDLE-EARTH­™ Pinot Meunier Rose 2013
Sileni ‘Cellar Selection’ Cabernet Franc Rose 2013
Two Rivers of Marlborough ‘L’Ile de Beaute’ Rose 2013

Pinot Noir
Akarua Pinot Noir 2011
Bannock Brae ‘Goldfields Pinot Noir 2011
Blind River Pinot Noir 2012
Essenze ‘The Dam Keeper Pinot Noir 2010
Giesen ‘The Brothers’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012
Jules Taylor Wines Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012
Julicher Pinot Noir 2011
Kalex Wines Pinot Noir 2011
Mud House Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012
Mud House Estate ‘Claim 431 Vineyard’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012
Richmond Plains Pinot Noir 2011
Saint Clair Marlborough ‘Premium’ Pinot Noir 2012
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 16 Awatere’ Pinot Noir 2012
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 22 Barn Block’ Pinot Noir 2012
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 23 Master Block’ Pinot Noir 2012
Soho ‘Havana’ Pinot Noir 2012
Soho ‘McQueen’ Pinot Noir 2012
Super Nanny Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012
Te Hera ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir 2011
Terra Sancta ‘Mysterious Diggings’ Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2012
Terra Sancta ‘Slapjack Block’ Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2011
Terrace Edge Pinot Noir 2012
Thornbury Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard Southern Clays’ Pinot Noir 2010

Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Predominant blends
Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Fox Creek ‘Reserve’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Johnny Q South Australia Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Langmeil ‘Blacksmit’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Red Knot McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Shingleback ‘The Davey Estate’ McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Villa Maria ‘Library Release Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2009
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2010
Wynns ‘The Siding’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Merlot and Merlot Predominant blends
Church Road ‘McDonald Series’ Merlot 2011
Esk Valley ‘Winemakers Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Shingleback ‘Triumvirate’ Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc 2012
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2007
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2010

Shiraz/Syrah and Shiraz/Syrah Predominant blends
30 Mile Shiraz 2012
Aramis Vineyards ‘Single Vineyard’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2010
Chakana Syrah 2012
Charles Melton ‘The Kirche’ Barossa Shiraz 2010
Fox Creek ‘Reserve’ Shiraz 2011
Fox Creek ‘Short Row’ Shiraz 2011
Gatt Shiraz 2010
Gemtree ‘872’ Shiraz 2011
Gemtree ‘Uncut’ Shiraz 2011
Giant Squid Ink Shiraz 2010
Grant Burge ‘Miamba’ Shiraz 2010
Henry’s Drive ‘Dead Letter Office’ Shiraz 2010
Johnny Q Shiraz/Viognier 2010
Lavina ‘Grand Royale’ Shiraz 2010
Longview Shiraz/Cabernet 2012
Luchador Shiraz 2011
Mojo Shiraz 2012
Moonstruck Shiraz 2012
Mr Riggs ‘Piebald’ Syrah 2012
Rocland ‘Petite’ Shiraz 2010
Shingleback ‘The Gate’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2011
Shingleback ‘Unedited’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2011
Shot in the Dark Shiraz/Petite Sirah 2012
Songlines Shiraz 2010
Squid Ink Shiraz 2012
Taylors ‘Reserve Parcel’ Shiraz 2012
Taylors ‘St Andrews’ Shiraz 2010
Thorn-Clarke ‘William Randell’ Shiraz 2010
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2010
Wirra Wirra ‘Woodhenge’ Shiraz 2011
Wynns Coonawarra Shiraz 2012

International and Other Red Varieties
Basciano Chianti DOCG 2011
Catena Zapata Malbec 2010
d’Arenberg ‘The Sticks & Stone’s 2011
Farnese ‘Oversettanta’ Primitivo di Manduria DOC 2010
Menhir ‘NZero’ Negroamaro 2010
Shot in the Dark Cabernet Shiraz 2012
Telmo Rodriguez ‘Dehesa Gago’ 2011
The Colonial Estate ‘Émigré’ 2010

Fortified Wines
Barros Ruby Port
Barros Tawny 10 Year Old Port
Buller ‘Fine Old’ Tokay
Campbells Rutherglen Muscat
De Bortoli ‘Old Boys’ 21 Year Old Tawny
Delgado Zuleta ‘Monteagudo’ Pedro Ximinez
Galway Pipe Grand Tawny
Kalleske ‘JMK’ VP Shiraz 2011
Krohn 30 Year Old Port
Krohn ‘QRN’ Vintage Port 2009
Valdespino Pedro Ximinez ‘El Candado’
Williams & Humbert PX 12 Year Old


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