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Hawke’s Bay Wine Awards 2014

By October 22, 2014No Comments

The results of the 2014 Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards were announced at an awards dinner last night. The Champion Wine of the Show was the Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Keltern’ Chardonnay 2013. The Reserve Champion Wine of the Show was the Couper’s Shed Syrah 2013, and the Winery of the Year was Ash Ridge Wines.

The show is in its fourteenth year and is the country’s oldest regional wine judging competition. As a regional show, it focusses on the district’s distinctiveness and strengths, and assesses the wines in the context they deserve. This year, the judging was conducted at the end of September, the judges chaired by Rod McDonald, with Young Shi of China, Jane Faulkner of Australia, and locals Rod Easthope and Yvonne Lorkin as senior judges.

Here are the Supreme Awards.  All the medal winners can be seen by clicking here, or visiting www.hawkesbaywineawards.co.nz

Champion Wine of the Show
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Keltern’ Chardonnay 2013

Reserve Champion Wine of the Show
Couper’s Shed Syrah 2013

Winery of the Year
Ah Ridge Wines

Champion Export Wine of the Show
Mills Reef ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Malbec 2013

Champion Commercial White Wine of the Show
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2014

Champion Commercial Red Wine of the Show
Sileni Estates ‘The Triangle’ Merlot 2013

Best Student Wine
Manuele Peretti

Hawke’s Bay A&P Society Young Vintners Scholarship
Lochlan Bainbridge

Jenny Nilsson House of Travel Hawke’s Bay Cellar Door of the Year
Junction Wines

Here are the Gold Medal Wines with the Trophy Category Winners:

Merlot
Ash Ridge 2013 – Trophy
Sileni Estates ‘The Triangle’ 2013
Sileni Estates ‘Exceptional Vintage’ 2013

Red Blends – Cabernet Sauvignon Dominant
Beach House Cabernet/Malbec 2013 – Trophy
Church Road ‘McDonald Series’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Pask ‘Small Batch’ Gimblett Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Red Blends – Merlot Dominant
Mills Reef ‘Reserve’ Merlot/Malbec 2013 – Trophy
Elephant Hill ‘Le Phant’ 2013
Couper’s Shed Merlot/Cabernet 2013

Syrah
Couper’s Shed 2013 – Trophy
Elephant Hill 2013
Te Awa ‘Left Field’ 2013
Vidal ‘Legacy’ Gimblett Gravels 2011
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Gimblett Gravels 2012

Pinot Noir
Junction ‘Possession’ 2013 – Silver

Other Premium Red Varietals and Blends
Black Barn ‘Single Vineyard’ Cabernet Franc 2013 – Trophy
Coopers Creek ‘SV Saint John’ Malbec 2011

Chardonnay
Villa Maria ‘Single Vineyard – Keltern’ Chardonnay 2013 – Trophy
Kim Crawford ‘Small Parcels – Wild Grace’ 2013
Esk Valley ‘Winemakers Reserve’ 2013
Mission ‘Reserve’ 2013
Ngatarawa 2013
Osawa ‘Prestige Collection’ 2013
Sacred Hill ‘Riflemans’ 2013
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay 2013

Sauvignon Blanc and/or Semillon
Clearview ‘Reserve’ ‘Barrique Fermented’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – Trophy
Osawa ‘Winemakers Collection’ Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Couper’s Shed 2013

Pinot Gris
Sileni Estates ‘Cellar Selection’ 2014 – Trophy
The People’s 2014
Petane Station 2014

Viognier
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Hawke’s Bay 2014 – Trophy

Premium White Varietals
Crossraoads ‘Milestone’ Gewurztraminer 2014 – Trophy
Villa Maria ‘Private Bin’ ‘Organic’ Hawke’s Bay Gewurztraminer 2014

Sweet Wines
Esk Valley Late Harvest Chenin Blanc 2013 – Trophy

Rosé
Villa Maria ‘Private Bin’ Hawke’s Bay 2013 – Trophy

Museum Class
Clearview ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay 2009 – Trophy
Clearview ‘Enigma’ 2009
Sileni Estates ‘Exceptional Vintage’ Chardonnay 2007
Squawking Magpie ‘Stoned Crow’ Syrah 2009

Sparkling
Matariki ‘Les Filles’ Blanc de Blanc 2009 – Silver

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