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International Aromatic Wine Competition 2012

By October 11, 2012No Comments

The 2012 Avenues International Aromatic Wine Competition was judged on 6-7 October in Christchurch, and the results were announced yesterday. The Supreme Champion Wine in Show Trophy was awarded to the Maude ‘Mt Maude Vineyard’ ‘East Block’ Riesling 2012. Of the 310 entries, there were 34 (10.97%) gold medals, 61 (19.68%) silver and 125 (40.32%) bronze medals awarded, which is somewhat higher than the norm at most wine shows, indicating the higher quality seen in the aromatic styles. Saint Clair was the most successful gold medal winner with 6 wines awarded. Saint Clair also won ‘The Spence Brothers Trophy’ for Best Sauvignon Blanc Producer.

The Avenues Aromatic Wine Competition is held in conjunction with the Canterbury A&P Show and is in its tenth year. Headed by Terry Copeland, the judges this year were Sarah Burton, Petter Evans, Jim Harre, Sam Kim and Yvonne Lorkin. The competition invites entries from any recognised wine producing region in the aromatic major varietal categories of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Viognier. Muscat, Verdelho, Arneis, Sauvignon Gris and other aromatics are also catered for in the judging.

Here are the trophy and gold medal winners:
 
Trophy Winners
Supreme Champion Wine in Show
Maude ‘Mt Maude Vineyard’ ‘East Block’ Riesling 2012
 
Champion Pinot Gris
Tiki ‘Single Vineyard’ Pinot Gris 2011
 
Champion Riesling
Maude ‘Mt Maude Vineyard’ ‘East Block’ Riesling 2012
 
Champion Sauvignon Blanc
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 3 – 43 Degrees’ Sauvignon Blanc 2012
 
Champion Gewurztraminer
Eureka Gewurztraminer 2012
 
Champion Other Aromatic
Coopers Creek ‘SV- Bell-Ringer’ Gisborne Albarino 2010
 
The Spence Brothers Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc Producer
Saint Clair Family Estate

Gold Medal Winners

Riesling
Clark Estate 2011
Drylands Dry 2011
Gatt High Eden 2010
Lamont 2010
Maude ‘Mt Maude Vineyard’ ‘East Block’ 2012
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 9 – Big John’ 2011
Spinyback 2009
Tohu ‘Raiha’ ‘Reserve’ 2010
West Brook Marlborough 2011
 
Sauvignon Blanc
Ara ‘Pathway’ 2012
Rapaura Springs ‘Reserve’ 2012
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 1 – Foundation’ 2012
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 2 – Swamp Block’ 2012
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 3 – 43 Degrees’ 2012
SOHO ‘Stella’ 2012
The Kings Favour 2011
The People’s 2011
Tuatara Bay 2011
Two Rivers ‘Convergence’ 2012
Wild South 2012
 
Pinot Gris
Ara ‘Single Estate’ 2012
Cape Campbell ‘Reserve’ Marlborough 2012
Greystone 2011
Moncellier 2011
Shingle Peak ‘Reserve’ 2011
The People’s 2011
Tiki ‘Single Vineyard’ 2011
 
Gewurztraminer
Eureka 2011
Saint Clair ‘Premium’ Marlborough 2011
Waimea 2011
 
Viognier
Coopers Creek Gisborne 2010
Saint Clair ‘Premium’ Marlborough 2011
 
Other Aromatic Varieties
Coopers Creek ‘SV – Bell-Ringer’ Gisborne Albarino 2012
 
Sweet Aromatic Varieties
Mondillo ‘Nina’ Late Harvest Riesling 2012
All of the medal winners will be ‘on display’ at the 150th Canterbury A&P show on14-16 November. For a full list of the results, click here. For more information, contact Sharon Lloyd on Tel: 03 343-2867 or email: sharon@theshow.co.nz  or visit the International Aromatic Wine Competition website by clicking here.

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