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Marlborough Winemakers Wine Options 2013 – Round One

By July 19, 2013No Comments

Marlborough Wine Options – Round One, 2013

For a number of years, a group of Marlborough winemakers has conducted a series of wine options competitions held over the colder four months of the year for the wider Marlborough winemaking fraternity. It has now grown to become a significant event on the Marlborough calendar with around 30 teams involved, strong sponsorship by suppliers to the wine industry, and a healthy budget to spend on the wines, and host responsibility in terms of food and transport for the participants. I see a huge benefit for the Marlborough winemakers in that a high proportion of those who attend are the younger, up-and-coming people, and these people are being exposed to wines they may not normally taste, drink or buy. The perspectives they may gain can be very important in how Marlborough wine can develop.

The organising committee including Bec Wiffen, Brett Bermingham, Helen Morrison and Pati Miranda have asked me to conduct the first game in the season regularly. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet some of the personnel coming up through the ranks, as well as having a lot of fun. The wine options game was held at Drylands restaurant, with Dietmar Schnarre and his team providing outstanding service and support yet again. This year, there was a feeling of seriousness in the participation, with the attendees really wanting to do well. I was surprised by the number of teams that were made up of members from different wineries, indicating a strong fraternity across the region. It is a good sign of the strength of the human side in the Marlborough industry.


Alana McGettigan, Sarah Burton, Ang Wilson, Tanya Orchard
with Andy Fitzpatrick bombing the photo
Following are the major results of Round One of the Marlborough Winemakers Wine Options, with a list of the wines served, as well as the final scores for all the teams:
1st, 105 points (max. 150), (after a tie-break): ‘Truckin’ Beers Hours Later’, with Sarah Burton, Bec Wiffen, Alans McGettigan and James Macdonald
2nd, 105 points, (after a tie-break): ‘The Good Punts’
3rd, 100 points, (after a tie-break): ‘Nice Rack’
4th, 100 points, (after a tie-break): ‘The Veltliner Underground’
Runner-Up to Last Place, 50 points: ‘Villa Maria V-necks’
Last Place, 40 points: Undo-Ordinary
The ‘Last Man Standing’ winner was Andy Fitzpatrick (Mr Bec Wiffen), who took away a bottle of Moet & Chandon Rosé Champagne

The wines served were:
Chateau Gaudrelle Vouvray Sec 2011
Yalumba ‘The Virgilius’ Eden Valley Viognier 2010
Felton Road Bannockburn Central Otago Riesling 2012
Escarpment Vineyard Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011 (individual game wine)
Speri Valpolicella Classico Superiore Appassimento ‘Sant Urbano’ 2009
Finca La Celia ‘Heritage’ Uco Valley Mendoza Malbec 2008
Craggy Range ‘Le Sol’ Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2010


The Options Wines

The final scores for all the teams were:

Team

Score

Place

Team Name

1

85

8th=

Punk in Drublic

2

80

10th=

Here for Beer

3

75

14th=

Grog Stomp

4

100

3rd

Nice Rack

5

105

1st

Truckin’ Beers Hours Later

6

75

14th=

Spit Hoons

7

65

20th=

Chainsaws and Things

8

90

5th=

Bourbondy

9

50

27th=

Villa Maria V-necks

10

80

10th=

Flying Banditos

11

80

10th=

The Chardonnay Socialists

12

85

8th=

Mr Big’s Wine

13

90

5th=

She’ll be Right

14

55

25th=

The Grape Vatsby

15

80

10th=

Young, Talentless and Broke!

16

55

25th=

Red Rockets

17

50

27th=

NZW

18

65

20th=

The Musical Eggs

19

90

5th=

Not So Arab Spring

20

65

20th=

The Mill Magnums

21

105

2nd

The Good Punts

22

60

23rd=

Cosy Sauvignon Blanket

23

75

14th=

The Adjusters

24

100

4th

The Veltliner Underground

25

70

18th=

Point Blanc

26

75

14th=

So-Very-Non Plonk

27

70

18th

Malolactika

28

40

29th

Undo-Ordinary

29

60

23rd=

Vino de Merda

 

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