For the second year running, the Spielegau International Wine Competition Wine Option game was won by a team with an English Master of Wine in it. This year, the winners, Team 1, composed of Annette Scarfe MW, Julie Ibbotson, Shona White and Ben Glover won by an impressive 115 points out of a maximum score of 150. The game was a close fought one with Team 10 leading for much of the competition, but fading away, to still end up with 105 points and second place. Team 5 was looking to be a certain loser, but were pipped by Team 8 with Jeff C., Richelle, Katherine and Michael who ended up with only 65 points.
The Spiegelau IWC is one of the new wave of modern wine shows which ensures strong judging by the more comfortable numbers of wines to be judged and a sensible work load. The feature of the competition which is open to wines from all countries is that they are judged in specific Spiegelau stemware. The show, run by Belinda Jackson and Margaret Cresswell promotes a sense of camaraderie and also takes steps to assist associate judges in developing their approach and skills. One of the events conducted is a wine options game, where personnel, both judging room and back room are put together in mixed teams. I was the MC for the game. www.spiegelauiwc.co.nz
Spiegelau IWC – The Wine Options Wines
Here is a list of the wines that were served:
- Albert Mann Alsace Gewurztraminer 2011
- Yves Cuilleron Saint-Péray ‘Les Potiers’ 2009
- Terrace Edge ‘Liquid Geography’ Waipara Valley Riesling 2011
- Vynfields Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011
- Parusso ‘Ornati’ Barbera d’Alba 2011
- Wynns ‘Black Label’ Coonawarra Shiraz 2010
The winners won bottles of Spade Oak Gisborne Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Noirs 2009 and the losers were awarded a ‘Fail Ale’.