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Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010 Trophy Winners

By November 21, 2010No Comments

The trophy winners of the 2010 Air N.Z. Wine Awards were announced last night at the awards dinner in Auckland. The Champion Wine of the Show award went to the Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010, with the Gibbston Valley ‘China Terrace’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009 taking the Champion Sustainable Wine award. These two top awards reinforce the strength of the Pinot Noir variety and category, as shown by the 32 gold medals awarded – by far the most for any variety in the competition. 2009 looks to be an exceptional vintage for the variety, especially in Central Otago.

In a regional examination, Hawke’s Bay was the most successful for the trophies, taking six of the 19 awarded. Marlborough and Central Otago took five trophies each and one each for Gisborne, Nelson and Waipara wines.

The trophy winners are listed below:
 
Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show
Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009
 
O-I New Zealand Champion Sustainable Wine
Gibbston Valley ‘China Terrace’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009
 
JF Hillebrand New Zealand Ltd Champion Pinot Noir
Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009
 
Rabobank Champion Chardonnay
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2009
 
Label and Litho Champion Sauvignon Blanc
Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010
 
BDO Champion Other White and Rosé Wines
The Millton Vineyard ‘Riverpoint Vineyard’ Gisborne Viognier 2009
 
Fruitfed Supplies Champion Syrah
Squawking Magpie ‘The Stoned Crow’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2008
 
Guala Closures NZ Champion Pinot Gris
Mud House ‘The Home Block Vineyard’ Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2010
 
New Zealand Winegrowers Champion Other Red Styles
Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Tempranillo 2008
 
Newstalk ZB Champion Gewurztraminer
Waimea Nelson Gewurztraminer 2010
 
Travelex Champion Merlot
Church Road’ Cuve’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2007
 
Plant & Food Research Champion Riesling
Villa Maria ‘Private Bin’ Marlborough Dry Riesling 2010
 
Stuff.co.nz Champion Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot/Cabernet Blend
Left Field Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Malbec 2009
 
SKYCITY Champion Sparkling Wine
The Sounds Marlborough Méthode Traditionnelle 2007
 
Wineworks Champion Dessert Wine
Allan Scott Late Harvest Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008
 
New World Champion Open White Wine
Villa Maria ‘Private Bin’ Marlborough Dry Riesling 2010
 
Fairfax Media Champion Open Red Wine
Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009
 
Crombie Lockwood Champion Exhibition White, or Sparkling Wine
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Keltern’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2007
 
Kapiti Champion Exhibition Red Wine
Olssens ‘Slapjack Creek’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009

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