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Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2012 – Gold Medal Winners

By September 10, 2012No Comments
The medal results of the 2012 Spiegelau International Wine Competition judged in Blenheim on 4-6 September have been released. From 1136 entries, there were 63 gold medals (5.55%), 160 silver medals (14.08%) and 446 bronze medals (39.26%) awarded, making a total of 669 medals (58.89%). These figures are very much standard, indicating a consistent level of judging as with other shows. As the competition accepts entries from outside New Zealand, the results allow to some degree a benchmarking approach for New Zealand consumers.
Of the gold medals, there were 7 awarded to Sparkling wines, of which one was a Champagne. There were 7 golds for Pinot Gris and 10 for Riesling, showing the continued recognition of improving quality in Pinot Gris and the strength of the Riesling variety at present. There were 9 Sauvignon Blancs awarded gold, 7 of these from the highly regarded 2012 vintage in Marlborough, though the number of golds was disproportional to the number of entries, indicating less success for Sauvignon Blanc in general. Opposite to this is the performance of Chardonnay, with 7 golds, 6 of which are from the 2011 vintage, and all 7 from the Marlborough region.
There were only 6 gold medals awarded to Pinot Noir, again disproportionately low for the number of entries, indicating the more difficult vintages of late. All of the golds were from the 2010 vintage, and 4 were from Marlborough fruit. The number of golds for the combined Bordeaux varietal classes numbered 5, and these were bolstered by the inclusion of Australian wines in the judging. Syrah and Shiraz performed steadily with 4 golds, 2 each from New Zealand and Australia.
Category Analysis
Taking into account the silver medal and bronze medal results, the findings of the gold medal awards are pretty well reinforced. The sparkling classes were strong ones, with a good number of bronzes, indicating there are plenty of well-made sparkling wines available. Gewurztraminer seems to be less successful at present, especially compared to Riesling and Pinot Gris, growers and makers seeming to have come to grips with the latter variety, especially since 2010. And a strong showing with Chardonnay, including wines from the 2011 harvest indicates a resurgence. Though it appears Sauvignon hasn’t hit the heights, the variety shows strength in the bronzes, suggesting good basic quality, and the presence of many 2011s means these wines are generally holding up well.
The Pinot Noir results are similar to that of Sauvignon Blanc. There are plenty of sound Pinot Noirs that just don’t reach the top level in quality. There were more 2011 Pinot Noirs than 2010s in the silvers and bronzes, possibly indicating the diminishing availability of the latter vintage wines and the decent handling of the 2011 fruit, generally deemed to be more challenging. There were more Marlborough Pinot Noirs featured in the medals than Central Otago bottlings. The relatively stronger results than what is usually seen in N.Z. only wine shows for the Bordeaux varieties and Syrah can be attributed to the additional entries of Australian wines. It is pleasing to see the inclusion of wines from other countries in the results, which adds to the variety for consumers to seek out.
The Gold Medal Winners
Here are the gold medal winners. For a full list of medal winners, so to www.thespiegelauiwc.co.nz or www.wineshow.co.nz  Competition director Belinda Jackson also has the results on the Wine Competitions N.Z. blog winecompsnz.wordpress.com
Lanvin Champagne Bru NV
Daniel Le Brun Blanc de Blanc 2002
Lindauer ‘Classic’ Rosé NV
Lindauer ‘Special Reserve’ Brut NV
Morton Estate Blanc de Blanc 2002
Nautilus ‘Cuvee Marlborough’ Brut NV
Quartz Reef Central Otago 2007
Distant Land 2011
Pinot Gris
900 Grapes 2011
Forrest 2012
Mount Riley 2012
Ribbonwood 2011
The People’s 2011
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Seddon’ 2011
Waipara Hills Waipara Valley 2011
Dusky Sounds Waipara 2008
Eden Springs ‘High Eden’ 2008
Giesen Marlborough 2012
Greystone 2011
Kahurangi ‘Mt Arthur Reserve’ 2011
Kerpen Graacher Domprobst Auslese 2005
Mount Riley 2012
Seifried Nelson 2012
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Marlborough 2011
Villa Maria ‘Private Bin’ Marlborough 2012
Sauvignon Blanc
Ara ‘Single Estate’ 2012
Gladstone Vineyard ‘Sophie’s Choice’ 2011
Crosse Vineyard Marlborough 2012
Peter Yealands 2012
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 3 – 43 Degrees’ 2012
Spy Valley 2012
Starborough Marlborough 2012
Tiki ‘Single Vineyard’ Wairau 2011
Whitehaven Marlborough 2012
Auntsfield ‘Single Vineyard’ 2010
Lake Chalice Marlborough 2011
Matua Valley ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough 2011
Mount Riley ‘17 Valley’ 2011
Shingle Peak ‘Reserve’ 2011
Nautilus Marlborough 2011
Spy Valley 2011
Other Whites
Tyrrells ‘Steven’s’ Hunter Valley Semillon 2007
Sweet Whites
Osawa Noble Gewurztraminer 2011
Squawking Magpie ‘SQM – Sticky Beak’ 2011
Pinot Noir
Grasshopper Rock 2010
Lawson’s Dry Hills 2010
Pasquale Hakataramea Valley 2010
Tohu ‘Rore’ ‘Limited Edition Reserve’ 2010
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Marlborough 2010
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Seddon’ 2010
Cabernet Sauvignon
Sandalford ‘Reserve’ 2010
Shingleback ‘The Davey Estate’ 2010
Cabernet and Merlot Blends
Spy Valley Merlot/Malbec 2010
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2009
Kingston Estate Shiraz 2010
Matua Valley ‘Reserve’ Syrah 2010
Mojo Shiraz 2011
Vidal ‘Reserve Series’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2010
Other Reds
Feudi di San Marzano SUD Primitivo di Manduria DOP 2010
Castano Yecla Monastrell 2011
Buller Fine Old Tokay
Lustau ‘San Emilio’ Pedro Ximinez
The trophy results will be announced at the awards dinner in Auckland on 5 October. I will post these in due course.

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