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New Zealand Organic Wine Awards 2017 Results

By May 9, 2017No Comments

The results of the 2017 New Zealand Organic Wine Awards have been announced. This is the fourth time this competition has been run. It is an independent show run by curator Luke Shore to raise the awareness and increase the market share of organic wines for consumers. The competition is based on the belief that “producing a wine organically gives the winemaker the potential to create a superior wine”. Health benefits and environmental issues are also cited as considerations of the awards. Being independent, there is no affiliation with ‘N.Z. Wine’ or ‘Organic Wine N.Z. The judging is open to New Zealand wines which come from certified organic vineyards, the show has seen a steady growth in wine entries and exhibiting wineries, this year with 139 wines judged from 28 N.Z. Based organic wineries.

The judging of the awards was in Christchurch over four varietal-based sessions in April and May. The team of judges comprises “local experts, wine enthusiast and consumer specialists” who have no vested interest in any of the wines judged. At present, the identities of the judges involved remain confidential, this being a point I would like changed to add credibility to the results. The wines are judged to the internationally accepted scales resulting in gold, silver, bronze or no-awards,

The format of the competition is relatively open and innovative, with a category for ‘skin contact’ wines, though this year there were very few skin contact or ‘orange’ wines submitted. The show sees a high proportional number of alternative oak-influenced Sauvignon Blancs entered. For the first time in the history of the competition, there were more Pinot Noirs entered than Sauvignon Blancs, indicating the suitability of the grape or the philosophy of Pinot Noir producers to take an organic approach to their making. This year also saw an increase in the number of Chardonnays entered.

Of the 139 wines entered, there were 26 (18.7%) golds, 19 (13.67%) silvers and 17 (12.23%) bronzes awarded, making a total of 62 (44.6%) of the wines gaining an award. The proportions are similar to previous results of this show, but differ somewhat to that of other wine judging which have a lower proportion of golds and a much higher proportion of bronzes. This is probably or possibly a reflection of the wines being entered and their quality aspirations, if not the results of organic production! (More research is needed here!)

The results of the show are actively promoted on social media, and through the competition website, as well as medal stickers which can be obtained for the winning wines. www.organicwineawards.co.nz

 The 2017 Results

N.Z. Organic Wine Awards ‘Wine of the Show’: Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir 2014
N.Z. Organic Wine Awards ‘Sustainable Vineyard of the Year’: Urlar
(This award is for the producer making and showing the most significant improvements in organic growing over the year.)
N.Z. Organic Wine Awards ‘Vineyard of the Year’: Black Estate
(This award is based on the best performing winery in this year’s competition.

The Gold Medal Wines
The Darling Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Greystone Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Urlar Select Parcels Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Konrad Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Odyssey Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle 2012
Terrace Edge Rose 2016
Richmond Plains Blanc de Noir 2016
Bellbird Spring Dry Pinot Gris 2016
Black Estate Home Rose 2016
The Darling Pinot Gris 2016
Greystone Pinot Gris 2016
Terrace Edge “Liquid Geography” Riesling 2016
Terrace Edge “Classic” Riesling 2016
Muddy Water James Hardwick 2015
Muddy Water Chardonnay 2015
Richmond Plains Chardonnay 2015
Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Pinot Noir 2014
Muddy Water Hare’s Breath Pinot Noir 2014
Muddy Water Slowhand Pinot Noir 2013
Black Estate Home Pinot Noir 2015
Black Estate Damsteep Pinot Noir 2015
Terrace Edge 2015 Syrah 2015
Turanga Creek Notre Terroir Merlot Malbec 2014

The Silver Medal Wines
Babich Family Estates Headwaters Organic Sauvignon 2016
Giesen Organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Kaimira Estate Brightwater Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Te Mania Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Urlar Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Brut NV
Loveblock Gewurztraminer 2014
TOSQ Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
Richmond Plains Pinot Gris 2016
Black Estate Damsteep Riesling 2016
Kaimira Estate Iti Selection Riesling 2015
Sunset Valley Vineyard Chardonnay Reserve 2015
Black Estate Home Chardonnay 2016
The Darling Chardonnay 2013
Babich Family Estates Headwaters Organic Chardonnay 2016
Black Estate Netherwood Pinot Noir 2015
Odyssey Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015
Villa Maria Single Vineyard The Attorney Organic Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
Urlar Noble Riesling 2016

The Bronze Medal Wines
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Walnut Block Collectables Sauvignon Blanc 2016
The Pruners Reward Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Urlar Pinot Gris 2015
Quartz Reef Pinot Gris 2015
Babich Family Estates Headwaters Organic Gruner Veltliner 2016
Kaimira Estate Brightwater Gewurtzraminer 2016
Babich Family Estates Headwaters Organic Albarino 2016
Turanga Creek Le Pur Pinot Gris 2015
Konrad Dry Riesling 2016
Greystone Omihi Pinot Noir 2014
Sunset Valley Pinot Noir Reserve 2015
Muddy Water Pinot Noir 2014
Konrad Pinot Noir 2015
Richmond Plains Syrah 2015
Urlar Riesling 2016
Momo Rose 2016


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