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Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012 – Gold Medal Winners

The medal winners of the 2012 Air New Zealand Wine Awards were announced today. Of 1367 wines entered from 222 wineries, there were 97 (7.09%) gold medals, 183 (13.39%) silver and 364 (26.63%) bronzes awarded, making a total of 644 (47.11%) medals awarded. This is very much on par with last year's results except that this year there proportionally slightly more golds and a little less silvers. Sustainable winegrowing is a major focus of the New Zealand wine industry, and is recognised at the show. 90% of the wines awarded medals were accredited or certified sustainable. Such medal winners are awarded ‘Pure' status. This year 92% of the entries were accredited, up from 75% last year.
The judging was conducted in Auckland over 5-7 November by a team of judges chaired by Michael Brajkovich MW, and included Julia Harding MW of the U.K., Navneet Singh of Australia and Bill Zacharkiw of Canada as international judges.
Observations from the Gold Medal Winners
As expected, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc were the most successful varieties with 21 and 17 golds respectively, these being the largest classes entered. Chardonnay was extremely successful with 15 golds. Pinot Gris and Riesling featured in the whites with 9 and 7 golds each, and Syrah among the reds with 8 golds. There were 6 Dessert wine golds. By region, Marlborough was the clear winner, due to sheer numbers of wines entered, awarded 46 of the golds. Hawke's Bay wines accounted for 19 and Central Otago 17. On the company front, yet again Villa Maria was a clear leader, winning 20 gold medals, with associated brand Vidal taking 4 golds and Esk Valley 2 golds. Marlborough labels Lawson's Dry Hills won 4 golds and Saint Clair 3 golds.

All of the 17 Sauvignon Blanc golds came from Marlborough, and all but 2 were from the 2012 vintage. It appears that 2012 has proven to be a very successful year for Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Of the 15 Chardonnays, 7 were from Marlborough and 4 from Hawke's Bay, and 10 of the golds were from the 2011 vintage. With the aromatic whites, 5 of the 9 Pinot Gris were Marlborough, and 6 were from 2012.

The Pinot Noir golds were evenly split between Central Otago and Marlborough, with 10 each, and one wine a blend of Central and North Otago. 13 of the Pinot Noirs came from the 2011 vintage. Of the 8 Syrahs, 7 were from Hawke's Bay and one from Waiheke Island.
The Gold Medal Winners
Here are the gold medal winners, listed by variety. I have made no distinction between ‘Pure Gold' and ‘Gold', nor the trophy category they will be competing in. For a list with these distinctions made, visit The trophy winners will be announced at the awards dinner in Wellington on 24 November.
Sparkling Wine
Lindauer Classic Rosé NV
Palliser Estate Méthode Traditionnelle 2007
Quartz Reef Méthode Traditionnelle Brut NV

Sauvignon Blanc
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

Aspiring Flats Bendigo Central Otago Riesling 2012
Drylands Marlborough Dry Riesling 2012
Maude Mt Maude Vineyard East Block Riesling 2012
Mt Beautiful Riesling 2010
Rockburn Tigermoth Central Otago Riesling 2011
Vavasour Riesling 2011
West Brook Marlborough Riesling 2011
Pinot Gris
Eradus Wines Awatere Valley Pinot Gris 2012
Gibbston Valley La Dulcinee Pinot Gris 2012
Lawson's Dry Hills The Pioneer Pinot Gris 2010
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

Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2010
Waimea Gewürztraminer 2012

17 Seventeen Valley Chardonnay 2011
Auntsfield Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2010
Giesen The Brothers Marlborough Chardonnay 2011
Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Chardonnay 2008
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 Barrique Fermented Gisborne Chardonnay 2011
Villa Maria Reserve Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2011
Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2011
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2010
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2011
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2011
Other White and Rosé Wines
Coopers Creek SV Gisborne Albariño 'Bell-Ringer' 2012
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Omahu Gravels Viognier 2010
Waimea Grüner Veltliner 2012
Dessert Wine
Akarua Central Otago Alchemy Ice 2012
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
Pinot Noir
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
Judge Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010
Jules Taylor Wines Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011
Last Chance by Two Paddocks Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010
Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 14 Doctor's Creek Pinot Noir 2011
Scott Base Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
Söderberg Single Vineyard Home Block Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010
Tupari Awatere Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010
Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Pinot Noir 2009
Wooing Tree Beetle Juice Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011
Wooing Tree Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay Merlot 2010

Coopers Creek SV Hawke's Bay Syrah 'Chalk Ridge' 2011
Passage Rock Reserve Waiheke Island Syrah 2010
Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2011
Vidal Legacy Series Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2009
Vidal Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay Syrah 2007
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawke's Bay Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2010
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay Syrah 2010
Villa Maria Reserve Hawke's Bay Syrah 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot/Cabernet Blend
Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2010
Villa Maria Reserve Hawke's Bay Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2007

Other Red Styles
Trinity Hills Gimblett Gravels Tempranillo 2010
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay Grenache 2010
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