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Hawke’s Bay Wine Awards 2013

By October 23, 2013No Comments

The results of the 2013 Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayley’s Wine Awards were announced last night at a celebration event at the Waikoko Gardens at the Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds. It was Vidal’s night, winning three of the top awards: the ‘Champion Wine of the Show’ with its ‘Reserve Series’ Chardonnay 2012, the ‘Reserve Champion Wine of the Show’ with the ‘Legacy Series’ Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2010 and the ‘Winery of the Year’ title. This continues the stunning success of the Villa Maria group, this time winemaker Hugh Crichton receiving his share of the limelight.

Of the 350 wines judged, there were 34 (9.71%) gold medals, 54 (15.43%) silver and 131 (37.43%) bronzes awarded, making a total of 209 (65.57%) medals given out, this being a healthy proportion especially considering the recent challenging vintages. The two most successful classes were Syrah, with 8 golds and 7 silvers and Chardonnay, with 7 golds and 6 silvers. Also showing well were the Merlot-based wines with 4 golds and 6 silvers, and the Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines with 4 golds and silvers each. These are the proven classics of the Hawke’s Bay region. The other welcome success was the Museum class with 2 golds and a very high count of 12 silvers, indicating the ability of the wines to age well.

From a producer perspective, the Villa Maria group was the clear leader, taking 13 of the 34 golds, 7 going to Villa Maria, and 3 each to Vidal and Esk Valley. Church Road and Sacred Hill also took 3 gold medals each, with 2 gold medals gained by Elephant Hill, Mills Reef, Ngatarawa and Sileni.

Rod McDonald was the Chair of Judges and the senior judges were Lynette Hudson, Ian Isaacs, Ant Mackenzie, Dave McKee, Simon Nunns and John Saker.

Following are the major results. I list the trophy winners and the gold medal winning wines, as well as the silver medal Best in Class wine if there was no gold in that category. The full results can be seen at www.hawkesbayshow.co.nz

Champion Wine of the Show
Vidal ‘Reserve Series’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2012
Reserve Champion Wine of the Show
Vidal ‘Legacy Series’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2010
Winery of the Year
Vidal
Best Export Wine of the Show
Elephant Hill Syrah 2012
Best Commercial White Wine of the Show
Elephant Hill Chardonnay 2011
Best Commercial Red Wine of the Show
Church Road ‘McDonald Series’ Merlot 2011
Best Student Wine
Kate Douglas – Touriga Port 2013
Hawke’s Bay A&P Society Young Vintners Scholarship
Ross Anderson
Jenny Nilsson House of Travel Hawke’s Bay Cellar Door of the Year
Sileni Estates

MERLOT
Church Road ‘McDonald Series’ Merlot 2011 – Trophy
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2010

RED BLENDS – CABERNET SAUVIGNON DOMINANT
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay CabernetSauvignon/Merlot 2010 – Trophy
Mills Reef ‘Elspeth’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Newton Forrest Estate ‘Cornerstone’ 2011
Sacred Hill ‘Helmsman’ Cabernet/Merlot 2010

SYRAH
Vidal ‘Legacy Series’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2010 – Trophy
Church Road ‘Grand Reserve’ Syrah 2011
Crossroads ‘Winemakers Collection’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2012
Elephant Hill Syrah 2012
Mills Reef ‘Elspeth’ Syrah 2011
Ngatarawa ‘Stables Reserve’ Syrah 2013
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2010
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2010

PINOT NOIR
Sileni ‘Cellar Selection’ Pinot Noir 2013 – Best in Class, Silver

OTHER PREMIUM RED VARIETALS AND BLENDS
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Malbec 2009 – Best in Class, Silver

CHARDONNAY
Vidal ‘Reserve Series’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2012 – Trophy
Babich Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2013
Elephant Hill Chardonnay 2011
Sacred Hill ‘HALO’ Chardonnay 2012
Vidal ‘Legacy Series’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2011
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2012
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard- Keltern’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2012

SAUVIGNON BLANC/SEMILLON
Sileni ‘Estate Selection’ ‘The Circle’ Semillon 2010 – Trophy
Beach House ‘Reserve’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013

PINOT GRIS
Askerne Pinot Gris 2013 – Trophy

VIOGNIER
Babich ‘Family Estates – Fernhill’ Viognier 2012 – Best in Class, Silver

PREMIUM WHITE VARIETALS
Farmgate Chenin Blanc 2008 – Trophy
Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Verdelho 2011

SWEET WINE
Askerne Noble Noir NV – Best in Class, Silver

ROSE
Esk Valley Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2013 – Trophy

SPARKLING WINE
Osawa ‘Prestige Collection’ Methode Traditionnelle NV – Trophy

MUSEUM
Sileni ‘Exceptional Vintage’ Chardonnay 2007 – Trophy
Sacred Hill ‘Brokenstone’ Merlot 2009

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