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Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2013 – Gold Medal Winners

By February 26, 2013No Comments

The medal results of the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2013 have been released. From 1,130 wines entered, there were 95 gold medals (8.4%), 182 silver (16.1%) and 471 bronze medals (41.7%) awarded, making a total of 748 wines (66.2%) with medals. Kate Radburnd was Chair of Judges with Mike de Garis of Australia and Sam Harrop MW of the U.K. as co deputy chairs. The 2013 judging has been labelled the ‘Diamond Jubilee’ as it is the 60th competition. The co-directors of the show were Shona White and Terry Dunleavy, the latter in his 21st and final year as director.

Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir were the major successes, due to the sheer numbers of entries, with 19 and 15 gold medals respectively. The 2012 Marlborough vintage was recognised as a quality one, with 17 of the golds for Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, of which all but one were from 2012. Of the 15 golds for Pinot Noir, Central Otago claimed 8, and 6 of these from 2011, regarded as a lighter vintage than 2010. 6 golds for Pinot Noir went to Marlborough.

Chardonnay was also a strong class with 11 golds, of which 9 were awarded to Marlborough labels, the other 2 to Hawke’s Bay wines, possibly reflecting the difficult vintage in 2011 in that region. The aromatic whites have also fared well, continuing the strength of these varieties over previous years, with a very high 10 golds for Riesling, 8 for Pinot Gris and 5 for Gewurztraminer.

Syrah made a good comeback, with 8 gold medals, all but one of which were Hawke’s Bay wines. There were a total of 8 golds for the Bordeaux varieties combined, with all but one from Hawke’s Bay. Sparkling Wines also showed depth with 7 wines awarded gold, all from Marlborough.

Marlborough as a region continues to dominate the results with 53 of the 95 golds coming from that region. Hawke’s Bay and Central Otago follow with 19 and 12 golds respectively.

Looking at producers, the Villa Maria Estates group led the field with 13 golds for Villa Maria, 2 golds each for Vidal and Esk Valley and one for Thornbury, thus taking nearly one-fifth of the golds. As stand-alone labels, Saint Clair was awarded 5 gold medals and Coopers Creek 4 golds. It is fascinating to see the larger companies performing well, with Pernod-Ricard labels taking 8 golds and Yealands labels taking 5 golds as well. It is also pleasing to see a number of smaller producers figure in the results with more than one gold medal, such as West Brook, Wooing Tree and Zephyr.

The trophy winners will be announced at the awards dinner on Saturday 16 March. For the full results, with gold, silver and bronze medals, go to www.wineshow.co.nz Here are the Gold Medal Winners from the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2013:
Lawson’s Dry Hills Chardonnay 2009
Matua Single Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay 2011
Mount Riley 17 Valley Chardonnay 2011
Nautilus Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2011
Spy Valley Marlborough Chardonnay 2011
The Kings Bastard Chardonnay 2011
Vidal Legacy Series Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2010
Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2010
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2011
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Chardonnay 2011
West Brook Barrique Fermented Chardonnay 2011
Crossroads Milestone Series Gewurztraminer 2009
Saint Clair Godfrey’s Creek Reserve Gewurztraminer 2009
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Gewurztraminer 2010
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Gewurztraminer 2012
Zephyr Gewurztraminer 2012
Sauvignon Blanc
Babich Family Estates Headwaters Organic Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Babydoll Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Mount Riley Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Rockburn Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 18 Snap Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 20 Cash Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Shingle Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Sileni Estate Selection ‘The Straits’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Spinyback Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Squealing Pig Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Stoneburn Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Stoneleigh Latitude Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Triplebank Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Twin Islands Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Yealands Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Yealands Estate Single Block Series S1 Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Crosse Vineyard Marlborough Riesling 2012
Forrest Riesling 2011
Greenhough Apple Valley Riesling 2012
Hunter’s Marlborough Riesling 2012
Omihi Road Waipara Riesling 2009
Ostler Blue House Riesling 2012
Thornbury Waipara Riesling 2012
Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Dry Riesling 2011
West Brook Marlborough Riesling 2012
Zephyr Riesling 2012
Pinot Gris
Ara Select Blocks Pinot Gris 2012
Boundary Vineyards Paper Lane Pinot Gris 2012
Brancott Estate Special Reserve Pinot Gris 2012
Ceres Composition Pinot Gris 2012
Couper’s Shed Pinot Gris 2011
Invivo Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Pinot Gris 2012
Yealands Estate Single Block Series R6 Pinot Gris 2012
Passage Rock Viognier 2012
Other Specified Whites
Coopers Creek SV Gisborne Albariño ‘Bell-Ringer’ 2012
Sweet White
Giesen The Brothers Marlborough Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon
Vidal Legacy Series Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Blends
Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Huntaway Reserve Merlot Cabernet 2011
Spy Valley Marlborough Merlot/Malbec 2011
Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Gimblett Gravels Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Merlot 2009
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Merlot 2010
Coopers Creek Reserve Hawkes Bay Syrah 2010
Coopers Creek SV Hawkes Bay Syrah ‘Chalk Ridge’ 2011
Kaimira Brightwater Syrah 2010
Morton Estate Black Label Syrah 2009
Te Awanga Estate Syrah 2011
Vidal Legacy Series Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Syrah 2009
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Syrah 2011
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Syrah 2010
Pinot Noir
Akarua Pinot Noir 2011
Black Grape Society Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011
Brennan B2 Pinot Noir 2011
Coal Pit Tiwha Pinot Noir 2011
Coopers Creek SV Central Otago Pinot Noir ‘Razorback’ 2010
Fairmont Estate Pinot Noir 2011
Hawkdun Rise Pinot Noir 2011
The Kings Wrath Pinot Noir 2011
Tinpot Hut Pinot Noir 2011
Two Paddocks First Paddock Pinot Noir 2010
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Pinot Noir 2010
W5 Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011
Wooing Tree Beetle Juice 2011
Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2011
Rosé or Blush
Desert Heart Magic Moments Rose 2012
Akarua Rose Brut NV
Daniel Le Brun Vintage 2008
Deutz Marlborough Cuvee Blanc de Blancs 2008
Deutz Marlborough Cuvee NV
Deutz Marlborough Prestige Cuvee 2009
Hunter’s Marlborough MiruMiru TM Reserve 2009
Nautilus Estate Cuvee Marlborough Brut NV

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