Mud House announces partnership with Marlborough Sounds Kaipupu Point

Mud House announces partnership with Marlborough Sounds Kaipupu Point.

Mud House has joined forces with Kaipupu Point Wildlife Sanctuary as a Rimu sponsor.

The Sanctuary is located within Marlborough’s Queen Charlotte Sound on land co-owned by DOC and Port Marlborough. The past seven years has seen dedication from volunteers and community groups which have resulted in a 2.5km walking track, jetty for boat access and an abundance of native wildlife returning to the Sanctuary.

The Rimu partnership with Mud House is a three year commitment, which will support ongoing track maintenance, pest monitoring and native plantings. Mud House is also supporting fundraising efforts, through donation of their wines to various Kaipupu Point events.

Mud House look forward to utilising the fantastic site, through encouraging staff and family visitation, as well as hosting various guests at the Sanctuary.

“We like to host with a difference, ensuring our guests leave with a lasting impression of the fantastic region we live in and wine we produce. Kaipupu Point, a local wildlife sanctuary that looks out over the stunning Marlborough Sounds, adds a great point of difference when hosting our inbound visitors”, Mud House Marketing and Sales Mananger, Jack Glover said.

The Sanctuary has been open to the public since March 2013. Mud House first became involved with Kaipupu Point Sanctuary by sponsoring the Kaipupu Point ‘Pestival’ bar and donating wine, with all profits going back to the Sanctuary.

Chair of the Kaipupu Point Committee, Barry Maister is thrilled to have Mud House on board as a sponsor. “We have a great vision for the Kaipupu Point Sanctuary. Mud House is one of several key sponsors who will help us to progress to the next stage with the Sanctuary”, Barry said.

Mud House will be organising a Kaipupu Point tour for local media next month, where a short tour up to the stunning lookout point from the Sanctuary will be followed by a Mud House wine tasting, matched with local seafood on the jetty.

For more information please contact Hannah Armstrong, PR Communication and Events, Accolade NZ Ltd. | (03) 520 6222 | 027 332 5050


Nelson New Release Tasting Event

Iconic Spring Event Will Showcase the Best of Region’s New Wines

The Nelson New Release Tasting Event is a chance for local wine lovers to sample the best of the region’s newly released wines before they even hit the shelves.

Now in its seventh year, the iconic spring event organised by Wine Nelson (formerly Nelson Wineart) takes place at The Boathouse, Wakefield Quay, Nelson on Tuesday 30 September 2014 from 5.30pm-7.30pm.  This year’s event brings together 20 family vineyards and over 100 exquisite wines. Wine lovers will be able to enjoy fine wine, gourmet nibbles and live music on the deck as the sun sets.

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Neudorf winemakers Todd Stevens and Simon McQuire checking the Pinots they will be pouring at the Nelson New Release Tasting event on 30 September 2014

Wine Nelson Marketing Manager Andrea McLeay says it’s a chance for locals to meet the people behind their favourite wine labels and chat with them about their new releases.

“We recognise that local people are some of our best customers and we want to give them the chance to sample these new wines first.  It really is a unique opportunity to sample the majority of Nelson’s new releases under one roof,” she says.

Local wine lovers will be able to taste some of New Zealand’s best Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and aromatics, including lesser known and interesting varieties such as Gruner Veltliner.

Judy Finn of Neudorf Vineyard says the Nelson New Release Tasting is always an exciting time for wine producers. “It’s a great chance for local producers to taste each other’s wines, meet the people who will be serving them in restaurants and meet with the public.  It’s a great opportunity to see what everyone has made of the vintage.  It’s like a great cocktail party really – everyone’s tasting wine, talking and comparing notes.”

Winemaker Shane Munn and Salesperson Chrissie Sanders from Woollaston Estates at the 2013 Nelson New Release Tasting Event.

Winemaker Shane Munn and Salesperson Chrissie Sanders from Woollaston Estates at the 2013 Nelson New Release Tasting Event.

Neudorf Vineyards will have their Maggie’s Block Pinot Gris, Rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Viognier available for tasting at the event.  Judy Finn says that 2014 was a very “generous season”. “We thought the fruit from 2014 was very supple, very unctuous.  It wasn’t a lean year.  I think the wines, will be well received.  It wasn’t a challenging vintage.  The wines are quite fruity, ripe and generous.”

Entry to the Nelson New Release Tasting Event is by ticket only, available online through Tickets are limited and cost $35. This includes gourmet nibbles, live music and the opportunity to taste through the wines.

The wineries represented at this year’s event will be: Aronui Wines, Blackenbrook Vineyard, Brightwater Vineyards, Greenhough Vineyards, Harakeke Farm, Kahurangi Estate, Kaimira Estate, Kina Beach Vineyard, Kina Cliffs Vineyard, Middle Earth Wine, Milcrest Estate, Moutere Hills Winery, Neudorf Vineyards, Richmond Plains Organic Wines, Rimu Grove Winery, Riwaka River Estate, Sea Level Wines, Seifried Estate, Te Mania Wines, Waimea Estates, Orinoco Wines and Woollaston Estates.

For more information please contact:
Andrea McLeay
Wine Nelson Marketing Manager
Mob: 022 101 8672

Gold medals for two 2013 Mud House Central Otago Pinot Noirs

Gold medals for two 2013 Mud House Central Otago Pinot Noirs

Mud House has been awarded two gold medals for their two 2013 Central Otago Pinot Noirs, at The New Zealand International Wine Show (NZIWS). The 2013 Mud House Single Vineyard Claim 431 Central Otago Pinot Noir and the 2013 Mud House Central Otago Pinot Noir both received gold at the prestigious national awards.

Last year the 2012 Mud House Central Otago Pinot Noir won the Trophy for Best Commercial Red Wine at the NZIWS after receiving a gold medal at the 2013 show.

Mud House Group Winemaker, Ben Glover is ecstatic with the results. “The Pinot Noir from our 11 year old, Claim 431 Vineyard in Bendigo, Central Otago, is definitely carving out a name for itself. The 2013 vintage follows on from our fabulous 2012 Pinot Noir successes”, Ben said.

“Bendigo is an ideal home for producing world class Pinot Noir. I feel the combination of this vineyard site, along with the attention to detail provided by Stephen Dempster and his viticultural team to produce incredible fruit, is the key to the gorgeous consistency of wine that is produced”, Ben said.

The 2013 vintage was a winner, starting with little tickle of frost, followed by warm but not excessively hot temperatures. There was a fantastic balance between canopy growth and fruit loading. Harvest began a little later than usual on the 5th of April. Typically, harvest at Claim 431 lasts for two weeks; however the 2013 vintage was slightly longer with the final block harvested 3 weeks later.  Typical dark fruit, plum and dried herb flavours were evident in the fruit as it ripened and berries maintained good integrity.

2013 was Group Winemaker; Ben Glover’s first vintage with Mud House and his hands off style of winemaking is evident. The result is a feminine style of Pinot Noir with tannin and acid balance showing line, impressive persistence and mouth feel, which is beginning to turn heads.

Hannah Armstrong
PR, Communications and Events
22 Liverpool Street, Riverlands Estate, RD4 Marlborough
Tel +64 3 520 6222
Mobile +64 27 332 5050

Entries now open for New Zealand’s fourth annual Marlborough Wine Show

‘Entries now open for New Zealand’s fourth annual Marlborough Wine Show’


The Marlborough Wine Show was established in 2011 to demonstrate the significant sub-regional and style diversity of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc as well as showcase the region’s other grape varieties and respective wine styles.

Under the leadership of Chair of Judges, Jeff Clarke, the event will review and assess entries using three panels of highly experienced judges to provide a relevant, credible platform for Marlborough producers to promote their wines.

The 2014 Marlborough Wine Show International Judge, sponsored by Wine Marlborough, is Jeremy Stockman, General Manager of Watson’s Wine, Hong Kong. Jeremy began his career in the wine industry in 1992 working in London and Australia prior to joining Watson’s Wine in 2010 as Trading Manager and since March of this year, General Manager. Watson’s lists over 2,000 wines as well as offering a Fine Wine Room in each store containing over 300 different wines from top Bordeaux to emerging New World classics from around the world.

Joining Jeff Clarke and Jeremy on the judging panel will be Jane Skilton MW, wine educator, Simon Nunns, Chief Winemaker for Coopers Creek and wine consultant Jim Harre.

The Marlborough Wine Show will again celebrate the Marlborough Museum Legacy Award. This was won last year by Johanneshof Cellars Gewurztraminer and will be awarded to the producer with the highest scores for three vintages of a given wine within a ten year period.

The gold medal certificates will be presented and the trophies announced at a special dinner on 8 November, to celebrate the Marlborough wine industry. Also being announced that night, the Wine Marlborough Lifetime Achievement Award.

For any further information, please contact Competition Director, Belinda Jackson on 027 444 8 666 or Competition Administrator, Margaret Cresswell on 0274 343 334

The Marlborough Wine Show is owned and managed by Wine Competition Ltd – a totally independent company specialising in the organisation of wine shows and associated events.

Belinda Jackson, Director
PO Box 95, Renwick 7243, Marlborough, NZ
027 444 8 666



Sherwood Estate Wines Triumphs with Double Gold


Sherwood Estates Wines has recently been awarded with an important Double Gold medal for the Sherwood Estate Signature Family Pinot Gris 2013, at the biggest and most prestigious wine and spirits competition in China, the CWSA.

‘We are very pleased with the result. Both the viticultural and winemaking teams have worked hard to produce a Waipara Valley Pinot Gris that is both high in quality and affordable for the everyday drinker,’ exclaims Petter Evans (Production Manager/ Chief Winemaker).

The China Wine & Spirits Awards competition judges are both highly regarded Chinese nationals and foreigners now based permanently in China. These judges are known as the ‘powerhouse’ of decision making in Hong Kong and China, and include the most influential distributors, importers, hoteliers and sommeliers. They travel far and wide from fast growing urban centres including Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Taiwan and Hong Kong. There were entries from 35 countries in this competition.

“The results are taken seriously, Chinese and Hong Kong industry and media consider the CWSA medal winners as the benchmark of important wines for the year ahead. The CWSA has also been likened to the Academy awards of the wine industry in China and Hong Kong,” emphasises Kelly England, CWSA President.

The Sherwood Estate Signature Family Wines are available from specialty retail outlets and leading supermarkets both nationwide and internationally.

For further information please contact:

Linda King/Marketing Executive
Sherwood Estate Wines
Ph: 03 314 6962
Fax: 03 314 6960

Romeo Bragato Trophy Winners

A night of celebration at the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2014

A Hawkes Bay Chardonnay has been awarded Champion Wine of Show at this year’s Romeo Bragato Wine Awards.

Grown by Phil Holden, the Vidal Legacy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012 won the coveted Bragato Trophy, and the Bill Irwin Trophy for Champion Chardonnay. Chairman of judges Ben Glover said “the effortless class, poise and style of this exquisite wine shone through”.

The Bragato Wine Awards, held each year as part of the New Zealand Winegrowers Romeo Bragato Conference, are awarded to the grower for viticultural excellence. The competition recognises that growing excellent grapes is the foundation of making wines of true quality. The Trophies were presented at the Bragato Dinner last night.

During the dinner three wine industry pioneers were inducted as Fellows of New Zealand Winegrowers. Hermann and Agnes Seifried from Seifried Estate in Nelson, and Richard Riddiford from Palliser Estate in Martinborough were honoured with the title and recognised for making an outstanding contribution to the New Zealand grape and wine industry.

The young leaders of the wine industry were also celebrated with 27 year old Paul Robinson from Villa Maria, Hawkes Bay, announced as the winner of the Young Viticulturist of the Year.

2014 Bragato Wine Awards Trophy Results:

Champion Wine of Show and Bragato Trophy Winner
Vidal Legacy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012
Keltern Vineyard – Hawkes Bay
Phil Holden

Richard Smart Trophy Winner and Reserve Champion Wine
Mudbrick Reserve Syrah 2013
Mudbrick Vineyard – Waiheke Island
Nick Otto

Friedrich Wohnsiedler Trophy Winner and Champion Riesling
Wither Hills Cellar Release Kerseley Riesling 2012
Kerseley Vineyard – Marlborough
Wendy and Owen Glover

Brother Cyprian Trophy Winner and Champion Pinot Gris
Blackenbrook Nelson Pinot Gris 2013
Blackenbrook Vineyard – Nelson
Daniel Schwarzenbach

Champion Gewürztraminer
Bladen Gewurztraminer 2013
Paynters Road – Marlborough
Keven and Kerry Tilly

Champion Other White Wine
Elephant Hill Viognier 2013
Te Awanga, Gimblett and Triangle Vineyards – Hawkes Bay
Jon Peet

Champion Dessert Wine
Saint Clair Godfrey’s Creek Reserve Noble Riesling 2013
Woodbourne Farm Ltd – Marlborough
John and Lynne Walsh

New Zealand Wine Cellars Spence Brothers Trophy Winner and Champion Sauvignon Blanc
Starborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
O’Dwyers Farm Vineyard – Marlborough
James Jones

Champion Sparkling Wine
Osawa Prestige Collection Méthode Traditionelle Brut NV
Osawa Wines – Hawkes Bay
Brent Stone

Bill Irwin Trophy Winner and Champion Chardonnay
Vidal Legacy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012
Keltern Vineyard – Hawkes Bay
Phil Holden

Champion Rosé
Wooing Tree Rosé 2014
Wooing Tree Vineyard – Central Otago
Geoff Bews

Mike Wolter Memorial Trophy Winner and Champion Pinot Noir
Bald Hills 3 Acres Pinot Noir 2013
Bald Hills Vineyard – Central Otago
Blair Hunt

Tom Mcdonald Memorial Trophy Winner and Champion Classical Red Wine
Mills Reef Reserve Merlot Malbec 2013
Mere Road, Trust Vineyards – Hawkes Bay
Paul McEvoy

Alan Limmer Trophy Winner and Champion Syrah
Mudbrick Reserve Syrah 2013
Mudbrick Vineyard – Waiheke Island
Nick Otto

Mud House Double Gold For Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc


Mud House Double Gold For Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Mud House receives double gold and three gold medals at China Wine and Spirits Awards 2014

Mud House has received a double gold medal for the 2013 Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc at the 2014 China Wine and Spirit Awards. Gold medals were awarded to the 2013 Mud House Estate Woolshed Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc; 2013 Mud House Marlborough Pinot Gris and 2012 Mud House Estate Claim 431 Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir.

The two Mud House Sauvignon Blancs were bottled in Spring 2013 and have since continued to develop and evolve. Both wines were acknowledged shortly after bottling, notably the 2013 Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, which received the Cuisine Magazine No.1 Sauvignon Blanc and 5 stars last December.

Now, one year on, the wines are still receiving notable accolades, having come through their youthful enthusiasm and gracefully developing into a great glass of wine. Last month saw the Sauvignon Blancs each receive a gold medal at the Spiegelau International Wine Challenge.

Mud House Group Winemaker, Ben Glover is pleased the wines are showing well. “It is thrilling to get a double gold and a gold medal for both our two fantastic Sauvignon Blancs now they have had some bottle age. The time allows the true potential of our own Woolshed Vineyard to shine and the backbone and support it gives to both these stylistically different wines is evident.”

The Woolshed Vineyard, located in the Wairau Valley of Marlborough provides 50% of the fruit in the double gold winning Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the remaining fruit hails from carefully selected grower parcels from the Awatere and lower Wairau Valleys.

Woolshed Vineyard Manager Nev Gane believes 2013 was one of the best seasons he has experienced in many years. “The 2013 growing season was certainly one to remember. The fantastic climate that Marlborough is known for – with long hot days and cool nights made not only for great hunting in the Richmond Ranges, but it was also fantastic for the grapes!”


Hannah Armstrong, PR, Communications and Events
22 Liverpool Street, Riverlands Estate, RD4 Marlborough
Tel +64 3 520 6222 Mobile +64 27 332 5050


Entries Open for 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Entries are open for the 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards.


Now in its 39th year, the Awards are a celebration of excellence in New Zealand winemaking and is widely considered to be the country’s most prestigious wine competition.

“Our industry is known for its commitment to quality, innovation, and exceptional wines. The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is a fitting showcase for this,” says New Zealand Winegrowers’ Global Marketing Director, Chris Yorke.

An independent panel of 26 expert wine judges will come together on 3 to 5 November to judge the entries. Among them will be two international judges: David Brookes, a freelance wine journalist who contributes to Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE, Wine Companion and Wine & Spirits magazines; and Sebastian Braun, wine buyer for Swedish retail monopoly, Systembolaget.

“As the country’s premier wine competition, the Air New Zealand Wine Awards help to promote and drive awareness of world-class New Zealand wines among domestic and international trade and consumers,” said Mr Yorke.

The gold medal winning wines will be announced on 13 November. On 22 November, the ‘best of the best’ trophy winning wines will be revealed at a black tie dinner in Hawke’s Bay.

The Air New Zealand Wine Awards recognises 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 winemakers.

Entries to the Awards close on 19 September. For more information visit


For further information contact:
Shelley Ashdown
Air New Zealand Wine Awards PR
New Zealand Winegrowers
Mobile: +64 21 912 221