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Air NZ Wine Awards 2011 – Trophy Winners

By November 13, 2011No Comments

The trophy winners of the 2011 Air N.Z. Wine Awards were announced at the awards dinner last night at The Langham, Auckland.

The Champion Wine of the Show went to Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Keltern’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2010, this wine also winning the trophies for Champion Sustainable Wine and Champion Chardonnay. This is the fourth time this wine has won a Champion Wine of the Show award, adding to that of the Hawke’s Bay A&P Mercedes-Benz Wine Awards, N.Z. International Wine Show and Bragato Wine Awards, all judged earlier this year. (Click here to read my review of this wine.)

Regionally, Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough each won 6 trophies, 3 trophies went to Martinborough wines and one each to wines from Nelson, Central Otago and Auckland. Emphasising the New Zealand focus on sustainability, there were 23 Pure Elite Gold medals awarded, 10 more than in 2010. Of these, 6 were awarded to Pinot Noir, 5 to Chardonnay and 3 to Sauvignon Blanc.

Here are the trophies awarded and the winning wines:
 
Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Keltern’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2010
 
O-I New Zealand Champion Sustainable Wine
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Keltern’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2010
 
Label and Litho Champion Sauvignon Blanc
Dashwood Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
 
JF Hillebrand New Zealand Ltd Champion Pinot Noir
Pencarrow Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010
 
Rabobank Champion Chardonnay
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Keltern’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2010
 
Wineworks Champion Sparkling Wine
The Sounds Marlborough Méthode Traditionnelle 2008
 
Stuff.co.nz Champion Gewürztraminer
Corbans ‘Private Bin’ Hawke’s Bay Gewürztraminer 2008
 
Guala Closures NZ Champion Pinot Gris
Spy Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2011
 
Plant & Food Research Champion Riesling
Martinborough Vineyard ‘Manu’ Martinborough Riesling 2011
 
BDO Champion Other White and Rosé Wine
Waimea Nelson Viognier 2010
 
Business World Travel Champion Merlot
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2009
 
Gold Medal Vintage Insurance Champion Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot/Cabernet Blend
Mudbrick Vineyard Waiheke Island Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
 
Fruitfed Supplies Champion Syrah
Bilancia Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2010
 
New Zealand Winegrowers Champion Other Red Styles
Not Awarded
 
The Langham, Auckland Champion Dessert Wine
Charles Wiffen Marlborough Late Harvest Riesling 2009
 
New World Champion Open White Wine
Dashwood Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
 
Fairfax Media Champion Open Red Wine
Pencarrow Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010
 
Newstalk ZB Champion Exhibition White or Sparkling Wine
Lawson’s Dry Hills ‘The Pioneer’ Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2010
 
Kapiti Champion Exhibition Red Wine
Charcoal Gully Estate ‘Sally’s Pinch’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010
 
 

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