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The Marlborough Wine Show 2011 – Trophy Winners

By September 18, 2011No Comments

The trophy winners from the inaugural Marlborough Wine Show were announced last night, the Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011 winning the Champion Wine of the Show. Invivo is the label for Rob Cameron and Tim Lightbourne, who founded the company in 2007, making wine from Marlborough and Central Otago fruit. Invivo has enjoyed considerable success from the start.

While the Marlborough Wine Show has judging classes for the different sub-regions in Marlborough, the trophy awards for Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir are presented according to vintage. This is another interesting and welcome innovation by competition director Belinda Jackson, in that it recognises quality within a harvest, allowing for the characteristics of each vintage. This also highlights the ability of each of the varieties to develop with time in bottle. Following are the trophies awarded:

Champion Sparkling Wine
Hunters ‘Miru Miru’ Methode Traditionnelle NV
Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Selaks ‘Winemaker’s Favourite’ Sauvignon Blanc
Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2009 and Older
Morton Estate ‘Black Label’ Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Champion Sauvignon Blanc Emerging Style
Kairos ‘Wild Barrique Ferment’ Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Champion Chardonnay 2011 or 2010
Wither Hills Chardonnay 2010
Champion Chardonnay 2009
No trophy awarded
Champion Chardonnay 2008 and Older
Lawson’s Dry Hills Chardonnay 2008
Champion Pinot Gris
ARA ‘Single Estate’ Pinot Gris 2011
Champion Riesling 2011 or 2010
Tohu Marlborough Riesling 2011
Champion Riesling 2009 or Older
John Forrest Collection Riesling 2006
Champion Gewurztraminer
Johanneshof Cellars Gewurztraminer 2010
Champion Sweet Wine
John Forrest Collection Noble Riesling 2006
Champion Other White Varietal or Blend
No trophy awarded
Champion Pinot Noir 2011 or 2010
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 14 Doctor’s Creek’ Pinot Noir 2010
Champion Pinot Noir 2009
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Pinot Noir 2009
Champion Pinot Noir 2008 or Older
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard Southern Clays’ Pinot Noir 2008
Champion Other Red Wine
Stoneleigh Merlot 2010
Champion Wine of the Show
Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
The full results can be seen on www.wineshow.co.nz Wines judged ‘xcellent’ are equivalent to gold medal standard, ‘highly recommended’ to silver and ‘recommended’ to bronze.

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