Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay takes top spot at 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay takes top spot at 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards A Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay won the top prize at the 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards held at the Pettigrew Green Arena in Taradale last night. Vidal Estate won the prestigious Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show Trophy for its Vidal Legacy Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013. The wine also won the Rabobank New Zealand Limited Champion Chardonnay Trophy. Vidal Estate, which is one of the oldest wineries in New Zealand, went on to win a third trophy, the Waitoa Free Range Chicken Champion Exhibition White … Continue reading

Small Winery Soars Sky High – Lowburn Ferry Wines

Boutique Central Otago producer Lowburn Ferry Wines has capped a string of elite awards for its wines in the past fortnight with the announcement that its pinot noirs will be served in British Airways first class cabins from early next year. Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2011 will be on board on British Airways flights on the Asia-Pacific sector from March and vineyard owners Jean and Roger Gibson say the association with this premier airline represents a significant endorsement for Lowburn Ferry. They hope the first class patrons, being more or less a “captive audience” will learn more about … Continue reading

National Wine Shows recognise Waipara Hills Aromatic Wines

National Wine Shows recognise Waipara Hills Aromatic Wines. Waipara Hills are quietly developing a fine reputation for crafting award winning aromatic wines. Medals won by Waipara Hills for their 2013 Pinot Gris and Riesling is assisting the Waipara Valley’s reputation as one of New Zealand’s finest aromatic wine producing regions. Recent success at three local wine shows; the New World Wine Awards, New Zealand International Wine Show and Canterbury’s International Aromatic Competition, includes nine medals for Waipara Hills. Waipara Hills Winemaker, Simon McGeorge is pleased to be part of the increasing success for aromatics hailing from the Waipara Valley. “These … Continue reading

Escarpment Vineyard Vintage Camp 2015

Entries to the Escarpment Vineyard Vintage Camp are now open for the 2015 year. This competition is open to aspiring hospitality sector professionals who wish to expand their knowledge of wine and how it’s made. “The wine industry needs to get behind ambitious hospitality sector professionals to encourage a greater understanding of wine production,” says Escarpment Director Larry McKenna. “For too long, many food menus and wine lists have not related to each other. With a greater understanding of how wine is made, its complexities, challenges and subtilizes we can expect more imaginative exciting wine & food menus.” The winner of … Continue reading

More than just Pure Gold for Villa Maria

The Air New Zealand Wine Awards are a true hallmark of excellence and quality in the New Zealand wine industry and yet again, Villa Maria has excelled winning 11 Pure Gold medals at the iconic event. The country’s most renowned wine competition has been running for over 30 years, with Chair of Judges Michael Brajkovich MW passing comment on the standard of the entries as “outstanding”. Brajkovich and a panel of 26 esteemed wine experts judged the 1552 wine entries and awarded a total of 749 medals, 112 of which were gold. The elite gold medal and trophy winners will … Continue reading

Blackenbrook celebrates another top award for Pinot Gris

Blackenbrook celebrates another top award for Pinot Gris A personal passion for Pinot Gris has netted Blackenbrook Vineyard in Tasman near Nelson, its fourth top award within two months! Their 2013 Pinot Gris has just brought home a gold medal from the well-respected Air New Zealand Wine Awards, after also winning a gold medal and the Trophy for best Pinot Gris at the Bragato Wine Awards 2014, held in Blenheim in September. But it’s not just the 2013 vintage that shines – the 2014 Pinot Gris has already been decorated with gold medals from Bragato Wine Awards 2014 and New … Continue reading

Air New Zealand Wine Awards marvel over Esk Valley wines

Air New Zealand Wine Awards marvel over Esk Valley wines Esk Valley continues to produce excellent wines in the Hawkes Bay, which repeatedly impresses wine judges and in turn, wins great awards. Three Pure Gold medals were awarded to Esk Valley at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards signalling the winery’s relentless commitment to quality wine, every time. Esk Valley Pre Gold Medal Winners Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013 Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Rosé 2014 Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2013 Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Rosé 2014 once again cemented itself as … Continue reading

First Riedel Young Winemaker of the Year Named

Waiheke Island winemaker named first Riedel Young Winemaker of the Year Patrick Newton from Mudbrick Winery was crowned as the first ever Riedel New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year during a ceremony at the Canterbury A&P Show last night. Thirty-two year old Patrick entered the competition with a 2013 chardonnay, 2013 syrah and 2013 cabernet sauvignon and was judged the top young winemaker in New Zealand by a panel of experienced international wine judges. The judging took place in October alongside the existing International Aromatic Wine Competition, in association with the Canterbury A&P Show, and the winner has been … Continue reading

Gold Medals announced for 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Judges have awarded a record 112 gold medals to wines from around the country at this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards. This is the highest tally of gold medals handed out since the national wine competition began in 1974. Pinot Noir was the strongest performer in this year’s competition, winning 27 gold medals, followed by Sauvignon Blanc with 19 gold medals, Chardonnay with 17, and Riesling with 10. Chair of Judges and Master of Wine Michael Brajkovich said the Pinot Noir was “outstanding” with the excellent 2013 vintage contributing to 18 of the 27 medals. “These wines are ripe … Continue reading

Trophies dominated by Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir at Marlborough Wine Show

Trophies from the recent judging of the Marlborough Wine Show were announced to 150 people at a celebration dinner held in Blenheim on Saturday night. A total of 16 trophies were presented together with the Marlborough Museum Legacy Award. The results were dominated by 2014 Sauvignon Blanc and 2012 Pinot Noir, the two classes that judges declared were the highlight of the competition. The Marlborough Museum Legacy Award was presented to Coopers Creek for their Marlborough Riesling 2005, 2009 and 2013. Presenting the award, CEO of the Marlborough Museum, Steve Austin expressed the importance of the wine industry not only … Continue reading