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Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2013 – Gold Medal Winners

By August 30, 2013No Comments
The Romeo Bragato Wine Awards recognises viticultural excellence and the role that work in the vineyards and the vineyards themselves have to play in the quality of wine. The medal results have been released, as have the trophy results. (Click here to see the Trophy Winners.)

It is interesting to look at the successful varieties. All of the noble varieties have fared well, and proportionally so in line with other shows. As can be expected, vineyard focus with Pinot Noir (as in Burgundy?) has resulted in 10 golds. Riesling was particularly successful, as was Syrah, with 6 and 5 golds respectively, these three varieties performing exceptionally well. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc achieved well too.

Even more fascinating is the producer or winery breakdown. The Villa Maria group took 14 golds. Saint Clair was awarded 6 golds and Coopers Creek 3 golds. All of these companies have a single vineyard focus with their philosophies and labelling, and clearly the attention here has paid dividends. A number of growers and wineries featured with more than one gold, such as Akarua, Crossroads, Seifried and the Glover Family.

Here are the 51 gold medal winners from the 2013 judging, with their vineyard source or ownership in brackets. I have grouped the wines according to variety, combining the vintages; the judging had wines of different vintages separated. www.bragato.org.nz The full medal results with all of the golds, silvers and bronzes will be on www.wineshow.co.nz in due course.

Brightwater Vineyards Nelson 2012 (Brightwater Vineyards)
Crossroads ‘Milestone Selection’ 2012 (Yealands Estate)
The Kings Bastard 2012 (Fairleigh Estate)
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Keltern’ 2012 (Keltern Vineyard)
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Taylors Pass’ 2011 (Taylors Pass Vineyard)
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Taylors Pass’ 2010 (Taylors Pass Vineyard)

Sauvignon Blanc
Coopers Creek ‘SV – Dillons Point’ Marlborough 2013 (Morgans Road Vineyard)
Equinox 2012 (The Mound Vineyard)
Massey Dacta 2012 (Glover Family Vineyards)
Matahiwi ‘Holly’ 2011 (Matahiwi Estate)
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 1 – Foundation Block’ 2012 (Swamp Road Vineyard)
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 20 – Cash Block’ 2012 (Register Vineyard)
Tohu ‘Single Vineyard’ 2013 (Awatere Vineyards)

Esk Valley Marlborough 2012 (Waldron Vineyard)
Maude ‘Mt Maude Vineyard’ Dry 2013 (Mt Maude)
Maude ‘Mt Maude Vineyard’ ‘East Block’ 2013 (Mt Maude)
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 9 – Big John’ 2012 (Woodbourne Farm Ltd.)
Thornbury Waipara 2012 (Waiata Vineyard)
Wither Hills ‘Cellar Release – Kersley’ 2012 (Kersley)

Pinot Gris
Terrace Edge 2012 (Terrace Edge)
Thornbury Waipara 2013 (Waiata Vineyard)

Seifried Nelson 2013 (Seifried Estate)
Zephyr 2012 (Glover Family Vineyards)

Other Whites
Coopers Creek ‘SV – Bell Ringer’ Gisborne Albarino 2013 (Bell Vineyard)

Sparkling Wines
Akarua Methode Traditionnelle Rosé Brut NV (Akarua)

Dessert Wines
A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (Marisco Vineyards Ltd.)
Greystone ‘Basket Star’ Waipara Valley Riesling 2011 (Greystone Wines)
Seifried ‘Winemakers Collection’ ‘Sweet Agnes’ Riesling 2012 (Seifried Estate)
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Noble Riesling 2012 (Rocenvin Estate Vineyard)

Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Sauvignon Predominant Blends
Coopers Creek ‘SV Gravels and Metals’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (Omahu Road)
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2010 (Vidal Vineyard)

Merlot and Merlot Predominant Blends
Saint Clair ‘Premium’ Cabernet/Merlot 2012 (Plateau Vineyards)
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (Ngakirikiri Vineyard)

Pinot Noir
8 Ranges Central Otago 2010 (8 Ranges, Tussock Ridge Vineyard Ltd.)
Akarua 2011 (Akarua)
Ara ‘Select Block – K54’ 2012 (Ara Wines)
Ara ‘Select Block – M62’ 2012 (Ara Wines)
Black Quail 2011 (Black Quail Estate)
Rockburn 2012 (Rockburn Wines Ltd.)
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 12 – Lone Gum’ 2012 (Lone Gum Vineyard Ltd.)
Terrace Edge 2012 (Terrace Edge)
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Southern Clays’ 2010 (Rutherford Vineyard)
Wooing Tree 2010 (Wooing Tree Vineyard)

Other Reds
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Grenache 2010 (Ngakirikiri Vineyard)
Waimea ‘Trev’s Red’ 2012 (Waimea Estates, Nelson Ltd.)

Clearview ‘Black Reef Blush’ Rosé 2013 (Clearview Estate)

Crossroads ‘Milestone Series’ 2012 (Yealands Estate)
Saint Clair ‘Premium’ 2012 (Plateau Vineyards)
Vidal ‘Legacy Series’ Gimblett Gravels 2009 (Omahu Gravels Vineyard)
Vidal ‘Legacy Series’ Gimblett Gravels 2010 (Twyford Gravels Vineyard)
Vidal ‘Reserve Series’ Gimblett Gravels 2010 (Omahu Gravels Vineyard)

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