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Marlborough Winemakers Wine Options 2014 – Round Two

By August 15, 2014No Comments
The Marlborough wine industry is vibrant and lively if going by the enthusiasm and general youth of the attendees at the second round of the annual Marlborough Winemakers Wine Options. The teams were fiercely independent and competitive, but there is certainly an atmosphere of co-operation and collegiality, which is simply quite incredible for such a large region with so many different players. Maybe they all recognise they are part of this country’s wine industry engine room, and doing it right in whatever segment of the market they are targeting is essential.

It was a pleasure to be invited to MC this game, and I was assisted by my partner Sue who looked after the scoring. This night’s game, conducted at Brancott Estate’s Riverlands event centre saw changes as well as consistency. The lead changed several times in the course of the game, but the team at the bottom was reliably poor in performance, making mistakes regularly. I shouldn’t say too much here, as I made a couple of errors, the most glaring was announcing an answer to a question prematurely!

Such ‘fun’ tasting events have an educational side, and the wines involved hopefully have the participants thinking about what they do and how they craft their Marlborough wines to fit in with the world of wine.
Following are the major results (the prize winners) of Round Two of the 2014 Marlborough Winemakers Wine Options, with a list of the wines served, as well as the scores for all the teams and cumulative ranking after two games. The third and final round will be in September, hosted by Yvonne Lorkin.


‘She’ll be Right’  from Rock Ferry – Round 2 Winners
Tom Hutchison, Bart Arnst, Rudy Schuil and Kurt Simcic
The major prize winners were:
1st, 115 points (150 maximum), ‘She’ll be Right’, a Rock Ferry team with Kurt Simcic, Rudy Schuil, Bart Arnst and Tom Hutchison
2nd (after a tie-breaker), 110 points, ‘Veni Vidi Vino’, a Lawson’s team
3rd (after a tie-breaker), 110 points, ‘Punk in Drublic’, a Framingham team
Second Last (after a tie-breaker), 70 points, ‘Winedirection’, a Yealands team
Last, 65 points, ‘Wrecking Balls’, an Indevin team
Last Man Standing, Jacqui Wood

The wines served were:
William Fevre Chablis 1er Cru ‘Montee de Tonnerre’ 2011
Loosen Urziger Wurzgarten Riesling Kabinett 2012
Millton ‘Clos de Ste Anne – Les Arbres’ Gisborne Viognier 2009
The Writer’s Block Central Otago Late Harvest Gewurztraminer 2013 (Last Man Standing)
Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013
Yalumba ‘Signature’ Barossa Cabernet/Shiraz 2010
Antinori ‘Tignanello’ Toscana 2010

 

Team

Name

Round Two

Overall

Place

Score

Place

1

Punk in Drublic

110

2=

3=

2

Here for Beer

105

4=

10=

3

Wineoceroses

100

6

3=

4

Nice Rack

105

4=

1

5

Veni Vedi Vino

110

2=

2

6

Spit-Hoons

95

7=

27

7

New Kids on the Block

90

11=

20=

8

Catwalk Empire

85

18=

20=

9

Shaken Not Stirred

85

18=

20=

10

Leesy Riders

80

23

13=

11

The Reserve Bench

85

18=

17=

12

The Firm

90

11=

13=

13

She’ll be Right

115

1

7

14

The Paper Bag Pissheads

95

7=

17=

15

Wonders of Nature

95

7=

8=

16

Red Rockets

90

11=

3=

17

NZW

70

25=

24

18

Awarua

75

24

25

19

CTRL+ALT+DEL

90

11=

8=

20

The Adjusters

70

25=

20=

21

The Good Hunt’s

90

11=

13=

22

These Ain’t Clear

90

11=

10=

23

Wrecking Balls

65

28

26

24

Katpiss and the Plunger Gamers

85

18=

13=

25

Point Blanc

95

7=

3=

26

Winedirection

70

25=

17=

27

Leo’s Mexican Lion

90

11=

10=

28

The PR Team

85

18=

28

 

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