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Hawke’s Bay A&P Mercedes-Benz Wine Awards 2010

By November 20, 2010No Comments

Judged the last week of September, the results of the 2010 Hawke’s Bay A&P Mercedes-Benz Wine Awards were announced at the awards dinner last night. The show is a significant one, highlighting the quality wines of the Hawke’s Bay region only. The Champion Wine of the Show went to Church Road Syrah 2009, confirming the status of this emergent star red wine variety as a proven success in New Zealand, especially when grown in Hawke’s Bay. The Reserve Champion Wine of the Show went to Esk Valley ‘Winemakers Reserve’ Chardonnay 2008, the Chardonnay variety one of the region’s mainstays.

It was a showcase for Church Road, being named Winery of the Year at the show, and taking trophies for Merlot, Pinot Gris and Sweet Wine, and seven gold medals in total. This follows the Church Road Reserve Chardonnay 2008 winning Champion Wine of the Show at the 2010 N.Z. International Wine Show just recently. Chris Scott and his team have done remarkably well.

Here are the major awards of the 2010 Hawke’s Bay A&P Mercedes-Benz Wine Awards:

Champion Wine of the Show: Church Road Syrah 2009
Reserve Champion Wine of the Show: Esk Valley ‘Winemakers Reserve’ Chardonnay 2008
Winery of the Year: Church Road
Best Sustainable Wine of the Show: Church Road Syrah 2009
Best Export Wine of the Show: Wild Rock ‘Gravel Pit Red’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Malbec 2008
Hawke’s Bay Cellar Door of the Year: Sileni Estates
Best Student Wine: Stuart Kennedy & Jonathan Musther Cold Rain (Cabernet/Merlot)
Hawke’s Bay A&P Society Young Vintners Scholarship: Jonathan Musther
 
All of the trophy and gold medal winning wines are listed below with the best in class silver medal winners noted as well:
Esk Valley ‘Winemakers Reserve’ Chardonnay 2008 – Trophy
Babich ‘Irongate’ Chardonnay 2007
CJ Pask ‘Declaration’ Chardonnay 2008
Church Road Reserve Chardonnay 2008
Morton Estate ‘Black Label’ Chardonnay 2007
Trinity Hills Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2008
Sacred Hill ‘Riflemans’ Chardonnay 2004 – Trophy
Squawking Magpie Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2006
Kevern Walker Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – Trophy
Church Road Pinot Gris 2010 – Trophy
Villa Maria ‘SV – Omahu Gravels’ Viognier 2009 – Trophy
Askerne Gewurztraminer 2010 – Trophy
Church Road ‘Reserve’ Noble Viognier 2009 – Trophy
Lime Rock Pinot Rose 2010 – Silver, Best in Class
Church Road ‘Cuve’ Merlot 2008 – Trophy
Kim Crawford ‘SP – Corner ‘ Merlot 2008
Wild Rock ‘Gravel Pit Red’ Merlot/Malbec 2008 – Trophy
Church Road ‘Reserve’ Merlot/Cabernet 2008
Esk Valley ‘Winemakers Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Merlot/Cabernet 2007
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Merlot/Cabernet 2008
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot 2008 – Trophy
Church Road Reserve Cabernet/Merlot 2007
Coopers Creek ‘SV – Gimblett Gravels’ Cabernet/Merlot 2007
Church Road Syrah 2009 – Trophy
Mission Estate Syrah 2009
Squawking Magpie ‘The Chatterer’ Syrah 2009
Te Awa ‘Left Field’ Syrah 2009
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2007
Ohsawa ‘Prestige Collection’ Pinot Noir 2009 – Silver, Best in Class
Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Tempranillo 2008 – Silver, Best in Class

The full list of winners can be seen on: http://www.hawkesbayshow.co.nz/images/stories/wineawards/2010/results_2010.pdf

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