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Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011 – Gold Medal Winners

By November 4, 2011No Comments

The gold medal winners from the 2011 Air New Zealand Wine Awards, judged 25-27 October have been announced. Steve Smith MW in his final year of his tenure as chairman led judges which included Michael Hill Smith MW from Australia, Charles Metcalfe from the U.K. and Joe Czerwinski from the U.S. to award 83 gold (5.57%), 230 silver (15.45%) and 386 bronze (25.95%) medals from 1489 wines entered. Sustainable wines accounted for 77% of the gold medal winners.

Pinot Noir once again led in the gold medal standings with 17 awarded, followed by 14 for Sauvignon Blanc and 10 for Chardonnay. The aromatic whites also performed with success, 8 Rieslings, 7 Pinot Gris and 5 Gewurztraminers also taking gold. 6 dessert wines were awarded gold medals. As can be expected, Marlborough led in the regional stakes, with 32 gold medals, followed by 22 for Hawke’s Bay and 12 for Central Otago. Nelson performed creditably with 6 gold awards for wines from that region.

Yet again, the Villa Maria group was supreme with 16 golds to Villa Maria wines and one gold for a Vidal label, thus taking over 20% of the gold medals. Saint Clair and Mud House both took three gold medals.

Sustainability is one of the key issues being promoted by the New Zealand wine industry and this is recognised by the awarding of ‘Pure’ medals for wines that are 100% sustainably grown and produced. The Elite Pure Gold and Pure Gold wines go on to compete for the Champion Sustainable Wine Trophy. The trophies will be announced at the awards dinner on 12 November. For a list of the wines eligible for each of the 19 trophies, click here. For the full results, go to the Wine Show website by clicking here.

Here are the 83 gold medal winners:
 
Sparkling
The Sounds Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle 2008
 
Gewurztraminer
Alan McCorkindale Waipara Valley 2009
Corbans ‘Private Bin’ 2008
Distant Land Marlborough 2011 (Pure)
Flying Sheep ‘Single Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay 2010 (Pure)
Lawson’s Dry Hills’The Pioneer’ Marlborough 2010 (Pure)
 
Pinot Gris
alex.gold Pinot Gris 2011 (Pure)
Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay 2011 (Pure)
Moncellier Marlborough 2011 (Pure)
Mud House South Island 2010 (Pure)
Nautilus Marlborough 2010 (Pure)
Spy Valley Marlborough 2011 (Pure)
Stanley Estates Awatere Valley Marlborough 2011 (Pure)
 
Riesling
Charles Wiffen Marlborough 2010 (Pure)
Greystone Waipara Valley 2010 (Pure)
Hunters Wairau Valley Marlborough 2008
John Forrest ‘Collection’ Wairau Valley Marlborough 2007
Martinborough Vineyard ‘Manu’ Martinborough 2011 (Pure)
Ngatarawa ‘Cellar Door’ 2010 (Pure)
Redoubt Hill ‘Single Vineyard’ Nelson 2011 (Pure)
Te Whare Ra ‘D’ Marlborough 2011 (Pure)
 
Sauvignon Blanc
Dashwood Marlborough 2011 (Pure)
Jules Taylor Marlborough 2011 (Pure)
Kina Cliffs Nelson 2011 (Pure)
Lake Chalice Marlborough 2011 (Pure)
Lawson’s Dry Hill Marlborough 2011 (Pure)
Matua Valley ‘Single Vineyard Wairau’ 2010 (Pure)
Maven ‘Premier’ Marlborough 2011 (Pure)
Sacred Hill Marlborough 2011 (Pure)
Sacred Hill ‘Three Passes’ Marlborough 2011 (Pure)
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 11 – Cell Block’ Marlborough 2011 (Pure)
Te Mania Nelson 2010 (Pure)
Tohu ‘Mugwi Reserve’ Marlborough 2010 (Pure)
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Southern Clays’ Marlborough 2011 (Pure)
Waimea Estate Nelson 2011 (Pure)
 
Chardonnay
Morton Estate ‘Black Label’ Hawke’s Bay 2007
Nautilus Marlborough 2010 (Pure)
Vidal ‘Reserve Series’ Hawke’s Bay 2010 (Pure)
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay 2010 (Pure)
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay 2009 (Pure)
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Ihumatao’ Auckland 2010 (Pure)
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Ihumatao’ Auckland 2007
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Keltern’ Hawke’s Bay 2010 (Pure)
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Keltern’ Hawke’s Bay 2009 (Pure)
Waipara Springs ‘Premo’ Waipara 2010 (Pure)
 
Viognier
Moana Park Hawke’s Bay 2010 (Pure)
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Hawke’s Bay 2010 (Pure)
Waimea Estate Nelson 2010 (Pure)
 
Dessert Wine
Charles Wiffen Marlborough Late Harvest Riesling 2009
Corbans ‘Cottage Block’ ‘Cut Cane’ Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2009
Saint Clair ‘Reserve Awatere Valley’ Marlborough Noble Riesling 2009 (Pure)
Seifried ‘Sweet Agnes’ Nelson Riesling 2011 (Pure)
Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Noble Viognier 2009
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Botrytis Selection Riesling 2011 (Pure)
 
Rosé
8 Ranges Central Otago Pinot Rosé 2011 (Pure)
 
Pinot Noir
Brennan Gibbston Central Otago 2009
Charcoal Gully ‘Sally’s Pinch’ Central Otago 2010 (Pure)
Folding Hill Bendigo Central Otago 2009
Gibbston Valley Central Otago 2010 (Pure)
Gibbston Valley ‘School House’ Bendigo Central Otago 2010 (Pure)
Judge Rock Central Otago 2010 (Pure)
Mud House Central Otago 2010 (Pure)
Mud House ‘Single Vineyard – Casey’s Road’ Marlborough 2010 (Pure)
Palliser Estate Martinborough 2009
Pencarrow Martinborough 2010 (Pure)
Rockburn Central Otago 2010 (Pure)
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 22 – Barn Block’ Marlborough 2010 (Pure)
Spy Valley Marlborough 2010 (Pure)
Triplebank Awatere Valley Marlborough 2010 (Pure)
Two Degrees Central Otago 2009 (Pure)
Valli ‘Bannockburn Vineyard’ Central Otago 2009
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Southern Clays’ Marlborough 2009
 
Merlot
Stoneleigh Marlborough 2010 (Pure)
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay 2008 (Pure)
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay 2009 (Pure)
 
Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot/Cabernet Blend
Matua Valley ‘Single Vineyard – Matheson’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Mudbrick Vineyard Waiheke Island Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (Pure)
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
 
Syrah
Bilancia Hawke’s Bay 2010 (Pure)
Squawking Magpie ‘Stoned Crow’ Gimblett Gravels 2009
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Gimblett Gravels 2010 (Pure)
 
Emerging Varietals
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Ihumatao’ Auckland Verdelho 2010 (Pure)
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Grenache 2007
 

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