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New World Wine Awards 2014

By October 3, 2014No Comments

The 2014 New World Wine Awards were judged in Wellington in early August and the results were released at the end of September. The Champion White Wine was The King’s Bastard Marlborough Chardonnay 2013, the Champion Red the Thistle Ridge Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2013 and the Champion Bubbles was Lindauer Rosé NV from the 1,165 wines entered by 175 wineries for judging. In total, there were 63 (5.41%) gold, 160 (13.73%) silver and 454 (38.97%) bronze medals awarded, with a total of 677 (58.11%) medals overall. This is on the slightly less generous side compared with many of the recent judgings of late, reflecting the nature of the wines entered for judging, and the consistently stringent standards the judging personnel work to.

Growing Interaction
This is twelfth New World Wine Awards held, and the show is one of the few that is growing significantly in number of entries. The FMCG sector of wine retailing is the most important for the wine industry, especially in terms of volume and brand awareness, and the support wine producers and distributors are giving to the show recognises that importance. The show results are credible for the consumer as well as the industry, as the 13 judges involved are from the same pool that supplies judges for the other main wine judging competitions. The Chair of Judges was Jim Harré with Ben Glover, Kate Radburnd, Jeff Clarke and Olly Masters as panel leaders. Sam Harrop MW, a globally influential wine consultant was a guest overseas judge.

The involvement of New World in wine awareness is very welcome as it shows the commitment to quality wine and the company’s (and indeed the FMCG sector’s) growth in expertise in working with wine. New World liquor managers participated as associate judges in the competition, promoting personal development for those involved, and this will broaden the base of wine knowledgeable people who are in direct contact with the consumer. New World personnel also contributed to the stewards and back room personnel. The requirements for the wines entered for judging by New World are that they must retail at $25.00 or less, and have more than 6,000 bottles available for sale. New World not only promotes all the medal winning wines, but has a ‘Top 50’ selection.

The Results
The results of the judging mirror the trends seen at the other shows, especially those with international wines. From this year’s judging, the Shiraz/Syrah class was very successful, with 10 golds and a total of 98 medals awarded in total. Pinot Noir with 8 golds and 73 medals, Chardonnay with 7 golds and 56 medals total and Pinot Gris with 6 golds and 65 medals total were other successes. Sauvignon Blancs have generally not shown so well with the more challenging 2014 wines released, but here, there were 8 golds and 116 medals awarded to the variety, indicating that time in bottle may have been beneficial, but 6 of the 8 golds were from the 2013 vintage. The 5 golds for Riesling and 7 golds for Single Varietal Reds, 4 being Australian Cabernet Sauvignon, are also noteworthy results.

For a full list of all the medal winners, go to the ‘Wine and Beer’ tab on www.newworld.co.nz by clicking here. The New World website has extensive background information on the show and the judging process and delightful videos.

Here are the 63 gold medal winning wines:

Chardonnay
The King’s Bastard Marlborough 2013
36 Bottles Central Otago 2013
Wolf Blass ‘Yellow Label’ South Australia 2012
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Marlborough 2013
Vidal Hawke’s Bay 2013
Vidal ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay 2013
Brancott Estate ‘Living Land’ Marlborough 2013

Pinot Gris
Roaring Meg Central Otago 2013
Soljans Kumeu 2014
Ruby Bay Nelson 2012
Forrest Marlborough 2013
Peter Yealands Marlborough 2014
Peter Yealands ‘Reserve’ Marlborough 2013

Sauvignon Blanc
Squealing Pig Marlborough 2013
Nautilus Marlborough 2013
Tohu Marlborough 2014
The People’s Marlborough 2013
The Sisters Marlborough 2013
Saint Clair ‘Premium’ Marlborough 2013
Auntsfield ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough 2014
Tarras Vineyards Marlborough 2013

Riesling
Abbey Cellars Hawke’s Bay Medium Dry 2013
Kahurangi Nelson 2011
Giesen Waipara/Marlborough 2013
Framingham ‘Classic’ Marlborough 2012
36 Bottles Central Otago 2013
Other Whites
Brancott Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Gris 2014

Pinot Noir
Thistle Ridge Waipara Valley 2013
Huntaway ‘Reserve’ Central Otago 2013
Sherwood Estate ‘Signature Family’ Waipara Valley 2013
Ara ‘Single Estate’ Marlborough 2012
Main Divide Waipara Valley 2012
Te Kairanga Martinborough 2013
Mud House Central Otago 2013
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Marlborough 2012

Shiraz & Syrah
Ngatarawa ‘Stables Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013
Te Mara ‘Estate’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013
Wolf Blass ‘Gold Label’ Barossa Shiraz 2012
Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2013
Sandalford Margaret River Shiraz 2012
Estampa ‘Estate’ Colchagua Valley Syrah/Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Taylors ‘Eighty Acres’ Clare Valley Shiraz 2013
Wolf Blass ‘Yellow Label’ South Australia Shiraz 2012
Wynns Coonawarra Shiraz 2012
Anvers ‘Razorback Road’ Adelaide Hills Shiraz/Cabernet 2012

Single Varietal Reds
Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2013
Pepperjack Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Red Knot McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Shingleback ‘The Davey’ McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Rosemount ‘Diamond Label’ South Australian Merlot 2012
Rosemount ‘Diamond Label’ South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Villa Maria ‘Private Bin’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2013

Red Blends
Rosemount ‘District Release’ McLaren Vale ‘Traditional’ 2011
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Other Reds
Real Compania de Vinos VdT Castilla Tempranillo 2013

Rosé
Kate Radburnd ‘Berry Blush’Hawke’s Bay 2014
Two Rivers ‘L’Ile de Beauté’ Marlborough 2014

Sparkling Wine
Lindauer ‘Classic’ Rosé NV
Brown Brothers N.W. Victoria Sparkling Moscato NV

Sweet Wine
The Ned Marlborough Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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