Air NZ Wine Awards 2012 Gold Medals

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Nov 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Wine News

Air NZ Wine Awards 2012 Gold MedalsAir NZ Wine Awards 2012

The announcement of the 2012 Air New Zealand Wine Awards gold medal winners showed just how far the NZ wine industry has come in such a short time.

The most surprising aspect of the show was Villa Maria’s dominance in nearly every category. Not just under the Villa Maria but their other brands as well. Both Esk Valley and Vidal also helped haul some great gold medals.

The real highlight, and surprise, was Coopers Creek SV Gisborne Albariño ‘Bell-Ringer’ 2012. This wine, despite the difficult vintage, will be a sure winner this Summer.

The other wine that showed its true self, and that I believe will win wine of the show, was the Passage Rock Reserve Waiheke Island Syrah 2010. It’s a true ‘Wine of the Show’ trophy contender.

Wineworks Champion Sparkling Wine

Pure Gold

Quartz Reef Méthode Traditionnelle Brut NV

Gold

Lindauer Classic Rosé NV

Palliser Estate Méthode Traditionnelle 2007

 

Label and Litho Limited Champion Sauvignon Blanc

Pure Gold

Ara Single Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Artisan The Sands Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Framingham Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Huntaway Limited Edition Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Kim Crawford Small Parcels Spitfire Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Matua Valley Estate Paretai Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Rapaura Springs Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Saint Clair Vicar’s Choice Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Sileni Cellar Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Stoneleigh Rapaura Series Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012

The Kings Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Tohu Mugwi Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Vicarage Lane Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Wither Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Yealands Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Yealands Estate Single Block Series M2 Sauvignon Blanc 2012

 

Plant & Food Research Champion Riesling

Pure Gold

Aspiring Flats Bendigo Central Otago Riesling 2012

Mt Beautiful Riesling 2010

Vavasour Riesling 2011

 

Guala Closures NZ Champion Pinot Gris

Pure Gold

Eradus Wines Awatere Valley Pinot Gris 2012

Mud House Estate The Home Block Vineyard Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2011

Spy Valley Pinot Gris 2012

Stoneleigh Pinot Gris 2012

Tiki Estate Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2011

Villa Maria Private Bin East Coast Pinot Gris 2012

Whitehaven Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012

 

Coast FM Champion Gewürztraminer

Pure Gold

Lawson’s Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2010

Waimea Gewürztraminer 2012

 

Rabobank New Zealand Limited Champion Chardonnay

Pure Gold

Auntsfield Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2010

Matua Valley Single Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay 2011

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 10 Twin Hills Chardonnay 2011

Vidal Legacy Series Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2010

Vidal Legacy Series Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2011

Villa Maria Reserve Barrique Fermented Gisborne Chardonnay 2010

Villa Maria Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2011

Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2011

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2011

Gold

Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Chardonnay 2008

 

BDO Champion Other White and Rosé Wines

Pure Gold

Coopers Creek SV Gisborne Albariño ‘Bell-Ringer’ 2012

 

Kapiti Champion Dessert Wine

Pure Gold

Brancott Estate Letter Series ‘B’ Late Harvest Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Greystone Waipara Valley Basket Star Riesling 2011

Lawson’s Dry Hills Late Harvest Riesling 2010

Osawa Wines Late Harvest Hawke’s Bay Gewürztraminer 2011

Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Noble Riesling Botrytis Selection 2011

 

JF Hillebrand New Zealand Ltd Champion Pinot Noir

Pure Gold

Ara Resolute Pinot Noir 2011

Bird Big Barrel Pinot Noir 2011

Charcoal Gully Central Otago Sallys Pinch Pinot Noir 2011

Domain Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011

Esk Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

Forrest Tatty Bogler Pinot Noir 2010

Gibbston Valley School House Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

Grasshopper Rock Central Otago Earnscleugh Vineyard Pinot Noir 2010

Jules Taylor Wines Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 14 Doctor’s Creek Pinot Noir 2011

Scott Base Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010

Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

Wooing Tree Beetle Juice Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

Wooing Tree Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

 

New Zealand Winegrowers Champion Merlot

Pure Gold

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2010

 

Fruitfed Supplies Limited Champion Syrah

Pure Gold

Coopers Creek SV Hawke’s Bay Syrah ‘Chalk Ridge’ 2011

Passage Rock Reserve Waiheke Island Syrah 2010

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2011

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawke’s Bay Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2010

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2010

Gold

Villa Maria Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2009

 

Gold Medal Vintage Insurance Champion Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot/Cabernet Blend

Pure Gold

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2010

Gold

Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

 

New Zealand Winegrowers Champion Other Red Styles

Pure Gold

Trinity Hills Gimblett Gravels Tempranillo 2010

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Grenache 2010

 

Waitoa Free Range Chicken Champion Exhibition White or Sparkling Wine

Pure Gold

17 Seventeen Valley Chardonnay 2011

Akarua Central Otago Alchemy Ice 2012

Drylands Marlborough Dry Riesling 2012

Gibbston Valley La Dulcinee Pinot Gris 2012

Giesen The Brothers Marlborough Chardonnay 2011

Lawson’s Dry Hills The Pioneer Pinot Gris 2010

Maude Mt Maude Vineyard East Block Riesling 2012

Rockburn Tigermoth Central Otago Riesling 2011

Villa Maria Reserve Barrique Fermented Gisborne Chardonnay 2011

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2010

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2011

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Omahu Gravels Viognier 2010

Waimea Grüner Veltliner 2012

West Brook Marlborough Riesling 2011

 

Stuff.co.nz Champion Exhibition Red Wine

Pure Gold

Judge Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Last Chance by Two Paddocks Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Söderberg Single Vineyard Home Block Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010

Tupari Awatere Valley Pinot Noir 2011

Vidal Legacy Series Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2009

Gold

Vidal Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2007

Villa Maria Reserve Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2007

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Pinot Noir 2009

About the Air New Zealand Wine Awards
The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is the premier wine competition in New Zealand recognising excellence in winemaking. The competition is owned and organised by New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organisation for the country’s 1,700 grape growers and wineries.  The competition has been running for over 30 years and this is the 26th year that Air New Zealand has been the naming rights sponsor for this competition.

About the Judging
The Air New Zealand Wine Awards has a rigorous judging process undertaken by a team consisting of experienced international and local judges. All wines in the competition were judged over three days from the 5th to the 7th of November at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland. The 25-strong judging team was chaired by Michael Brajkovich MW, and included three international judges; Julia Harding MW (United Kingdom), Navneet Singh (Australia) and Bill Zacharkiw (Canada).

About Pure Medals (Sustainability)
Every wine entered into the Air New Zealand Wine Awards from vintage 2010 onwards has to be 100% sustainably grown and produced in order to enter the competition. Pure medals are awarded to wines that are 100% sustainable and that have achieved medal status. For example, a wine that attains a gold medal score and is sustainably accredited is awarded a pure gold medal.

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Written by Jayson Bryant

Jayson’s roots in wine began when his father literally dragged him round France and injected his passion into him. From the age of 8 his family took month long holidays in France travelling through all regions and sampling their wine.
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