Matua crowned Winemaker of Year and Champion Wine of Show

Chief Winemaker Nikolai St George added some impressive bling to the Matua awards cabinet on Saturday night at the 2015 New Zealand Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, triumphing over all to take home the Royal Easter Show Trophy for Champion Wine of the Show in addition to the Pullman Hotels Trophy for Champion Syrah for the 2013 Matua Single Vineyard Matheson Syrah. With an additional two gold medals, 10 silver and two bronze, St George then took to the stage again to claim the Royal Agricultural Society Gold Medal for Wine Maker of the Year, which he also won in … Continue reading

Trophy win for Vidal Estate Chardonnay at Royal Easter Show Wine Awards

Trophy win for Vidal Estate Chardonnay at Royal Easter Show Wine Awards Vidal Legacy Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013 has been awarded the chardonnay trophy at the 2015 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards held on the 14th March 2015. Vidal Estate Winemaker Hugh Crichton is over the moon that his signature varietal, Chardonnay, was so highly regarded at the iconic event. “This result reflects our passion and love for this truly great variety. Great vineyards, ideal climatic conditions in Hawke’s Bay combine with people both in the vineyard and winery who “understand” chardonnay. The natural elements of the soils climate and … Continue reading

Trophy and Heritage Rose Bowl for Villa Maria

Trophy and Heritage Rose Bowl for Villa Maria at 2015 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards Villa Maria Estate has hit the ground running for 2015 winning the Pinot Noir Trophy at this year’s Royal Easter Show Wine awards. A great moment of the evening was being awarded the Heritage Rose Bowl for the 2003, 2008 & 2013 Cabernet Merlot. The Heritage category was introduced to identify and reward wines that have evidenced a capacity to develop grace and complexity over time and offer a guide to consumers and wine lovers about cellaring potential of such wines. Picking up the award … Continue reading

Introducing the next generation at Forrest Wines

Doctors’ John and Brigid Forrest are excited to welcome home to Forrest Wines their daughter Beth. John says that “for Brigid and I this is a significant step in safe guarding the future of our family business. All 3 of our children have grown up here at Forrest; they have been a part of numerous harvests, worked in the vines and more importantly understood the manic hours their parents worked”. Beth will join John and Dave Knappstein as winemakers for Forrest. Beth says that “I am here to learn as much as I can from John and Dave; to take … Continue reading

Villa Maria named fourth most admired wine brand in the world

Today, Drinks International, one of the most trusted and respected global drink journals, named Villa Maria as the fourth most admired wine brand in the world, the only New Zealand winery to make the top 10 list. More than 200 of the world’s top masters of wine, sommeliers, educators and journalists took part in the annual poll, which pits wine brands from all regions, styles and qualities against each other. The Academy of Masters of Wine, sommeliers, educators and journalists were tasked with critiquing and recognising the ‘Most Admired Wine Brands’ in the world and measured against the following list: … Continue reading

Discover Left Field Wines

Discover the birthplace of the unexpected, the weird and the wonderful. Discover Left Field wines. It’s been a journey full of discovery, exploration and creativity for Left Field, as the wine creations are released to the world. A part of the wider Te Awa Collection including Te Awa Single Estate and Kidnapper Cliffs, Left Field wines roam wild, allowing whimsical imagination and creativity to reign. They explore areas outside the stunning Te Awa Single Estate in Hawkes Bay, discovering sites, grapes and creatures beyond the boundaries known. New Zealand has always retained a freestyle approach to exploration, creativity and imagination … Continue reading

Family of Twelve announces David Way as winner of the inaugural ‘Family of Twelve MW Scholarship’.

New Zealand’s Family of Twelve announces David Way as winner of the inaugural ‘Family of Twelve MW Scholarship’. New Zealand’s Family of Twelve and the Institute of Masters of Wine are delighted to announce that David Way is the recipient of the inaugural ‘Family of Twelve MW Scholarship’. Based in Hampshire in the United Kingdom, David is a second-year student in the Institute’s Study Programme. David’s scholarship will comprise of return travel from the UK to New Zealand for a ten to twelve day immersion in the diversity of New Zealand Wine at its best, spending time with all twelve … Continue reading

2015 Organic Wine Awards Launch

Dear Organic Vineyards! After a successful inaugural awards in 2014, I am proud to introduce the 2015 NZ Organic Wine Awards. Created to find, promote and showcase New Zealand’s best organic wines the second annual NZ Organic Wine Awards. Sticking to our core values, the awards will again be without a big name sponsor, feature volunteer judges, and have zero entry fee’s. This allows us to maintain complete neutrality, with no external pressures and focus on promoting the best NZ Certified organic wine available! We will also be tweaking some of our categories to make understanding the medals more intuitive, and … Continue reading

2014 A golden vintage for Waipara Hills

Waipara Hills received two gold medals at the highly anticipated 2015 New Zealand Royal Easter Show Wine Awards. In less than a week since the recent Cuisine Magazine, New Zealand Riesling tasting results, where the 2014 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Riesling took home the number one spot with 5 stars and a best buy award, the team have done it again with two of New Zealand’s other great Aromatic varieties. At the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, Waipara Hills won Gold medals for both its 2014 Waipara Valley Pinot Gris and 2014 Waipara Valley Gewürztraminer, an outstanding result from the … Continue reading

The Claim to fame – Gold for Claim 431 Mud House Pinot Noir

The 2013 Mud House Single Vineyard Claim 431 Central Otago Pinot Noir has won Gold at the 2015 New Zealand Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, adding another feather in the cap of the Claim 431 Vineyard in Bendigo, Central Otago. 2013 was a fantastic vintage; fruit flavours were balanced, vibrant and pure with silky tannin, bright acidity and soft wood spice. This aided the typical Bendigo characters of perfumed wild berry with spice and complexity on the palate. Group Winemaker, Ben Glover, believes the vineyard is beginning to come into its own, after being planted 12 years ago. “We are … Continue reading