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Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2013 – Trophy Winners

By August 10, 2013No Comments

The trophy winners of the 2013 Spiegelau International Wine Competition, judged in Blenheim in June, were announced at an awards dinner in Auckland last night. The Matua ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2012 was announced the Champion Wine of the Show. This is an outstanding result that builds on Matua’s success with the 2011 vintage of the same wine, a multi-award winner which also took the Champion Chardonnay Trophy at last year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards. It appears Matua is gaining a place among the consistent show winners now, and credit must be given to senior winemaker Nikkolai St George and his team.

A surprising result was the ‘Champion Producer’ title being shared among Johanneshof Cellars, Saint Clair Family Estate and Villa Maria. Johanneshof entered five wines and received two trophies, Saint Clair won six gold medals across different wine styles, and Villa Maria took five gold medals and a trophy. Competition Director Belinda Jackson deemed it too difficult to choose between the three so decided to “celebrate each one’s tremendous achievements”.

New Zealand wines won nine of the class trophies, Australia took four, and France and Portugal one each. Of the New Zealand trophy winners, six went to Marlborough wines, two to Hawke’s Bay and one to a Nelson wine. For a list of the gold medals and my analysis, click here. The full list of gold, silver and bronze medals can be seen on www.thespiegelauiwc.co.nz or www.wineshow.co.nz

Here are the trophy winners:
Wine Competition Ltd Trophy for Champion Other White
Tyrrell’s Wines ‘Vat 1’ Hunter Semillon 2006
Gow Langsford Gallery Trophy for Champion Sparkling Wine
Piper Heidsieck Champagne Brut NV
Antipodes Water Company Trophy for Champion Riesling
Woollaston Nelson Riesling 2012
Trophy for Champion Gewurztraminer
Johanneshof Cellars Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2012
Trophy for Champion Viognier
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Omahu Gravels’ Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2010
Liquorland Trophy for Champion Pinot Gris
Johanneshof Cellars Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012

Trophy for Champion Sweet Wine
Forrest Marlborough Botrytised Riesling 2012

Macvine International Trophy for Champion Chardonnay
Matua ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2012

Caffe l’Affare Trophy for Champion Sauvignon Blanc
Stanley Estates ‘Stanrock’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Wine Competition Ltd Trophy for Champion Other Red
Buller ‘Beverford’ Victoria Durif 2010
Trophy for Champion Merlot
Crossroads ‘Milestone Series’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2012
Singapore Airlines Trophy for Champion Pinot Noir
Giesen ‘The Brothers’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011
Scenic Hotels Trophy for Champion Shiraz/Syrah
Serafino ‘Sharktooth’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2009
Silver Fern Farms Trophy for Champion Cabernet or Cabernet Blend
Shot in the Dark New South Wales Cabernet/Shiraz 2012

Trophy for Champion Fortified Wine
Krohn ‘Quinta do Retiro Novo’ Vintage Port 2009
Spiegelau Trophy for Champion Wine of the Show
Matua ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2012

Spiegelau Trophy for Champion Producer of the Show jointly awarded to:
Johanneshof Cellars, Saint Clair Family Estate and Villa Maria Estate

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