The results of the 2015 Six Nations Wine Challenge have been released. New Zealand has dominated with awards for ‘Nation of Show’, ‘Wine of Show’, 5 Class Trophies, and a high proportion of gold medals. Australia held second position on ‘Nation of Show’ followed by South Africa, USA, Chile and Argentina.
The Wine of Show was Framingham Noble Riesling 2014, the Red Wine of Show went to Niven Family Wine Estates Baileyana Winery S-Bar Pinot Noir 2013, and the White Wine of Show to Concha y Toro Terrunyo, Block 6 Riesling 2011.
The Six Nations Wine Challenge is essentially a shootout of the wines from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Chile, Argentina and the U.S.A. It involves a serious wine man from each country: Bob Campbell MW, Huon Hooke, Michael Fridjohn, Eduardo Brethauer, Fabricio Portelli and Dan Berger, from the aforementioned countries respectively. Each of these highly respected industry people invite and select 100 wines from their home country to put up against each other across 17 different wine style categories. They then judge the wines blind. The judges, being highly experienced, do so objectively, to come up with the ‘New World Champion’. It is run by the Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers Inc. www.boutiquewines.com.au
The major results are listed below with Trophy winner and Second Place getters in each class listed. The full results can be seen at http://boutiquewines.com.au/2015-six-nations-wine-challenge-results/