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Six Nations Wine Challenge 2015 Results

By October 8, 2015No Comments

The results of the 2015 Six Nations Wine Challenge have been released. New Zealand has dominated with awards for ‘Nation of Show’, ‘Wine of Show’, 5 Class Trophies, and a high proportion of gold medals. Australia held second position on ‘Nation of Show’ followed by South Africa, USA, Chile and Argentina.

The Wine of Show was Framingham Noble Riesling 2014, the Red Wine of Show went to Niven Family Wine Estates Baileyana Winery S-Bar Pinot Noir 2013, and the White Wine of Show to Concha y Toro Terrunyo, Block 6 Riesling 2011.

The Six Nations Wine Challenge is essentially a shootout of the wines from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Chile, Argentina and the U.S.A. It involves a serious wine man from each country: Bob Campbell MW, Huon Hooke, Michael Fridjohn, Eduardo Brethauer, Fabricio Portelli and Dan Berger, from the aforementioned countries respectively. Each of these highly respected industry people invite and select 100 wines from their home country to put up against each other across 17 different wine style categories. They then judge the wines blind. The judges, being highly experienced, do so objectively, to come up with the ‘New World Champion’. It is run by the Association of Australian Boutique Winemakers Inc. www.boutiquewines.com.au

The major results are listed below with Trophy winner and Second Place getters in each class listed. The full results can be seen at http://boutiquewines.com.au/2015-six-nations-wine-challenge-results/

Nation of Show – Wines of Show
Nation of Show: New Zealand
2nd Place Nation of Show: Australia
Wine of Show: New Zealand: Framingham Noble Riesling 2014
Red Wine of Show: USA: Niven Family Wine Estates Baileyana Winery S-Bar Pinot Noir 2013
White Wine of Show: Chile: Concha y Toro Terrunyo, Block 6 Riesling 2011
Class 1. Sparkling Wines – Class won by New Zealand
TROPHY: Australia: Brown Brothers Pirie Vintage Traditional Methode Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2009
Second Place / Double Gold: USA: Mumm Napa Brut Rosé Pinot Noir, Chardonnay NV

Class 2. Riesling – Class won by USA
TROPHY: Chile: Concha y Toro Terrunyo, Block 6 Riesling 2011
Second Place / Double Gold: USA: Chateau Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling 2013

Class 3. Aromatic Non Riesling – Class won by USA
TROPHY: New Zealand: Johanneshof Cellars Gewurztraminer 2014
Second Place / Double Gold: Argentina: Dominio del Plata Críos Torrontes 2014

Class 4. Sauvignon Blanc – Class won by New Zealand
TROPHY: New Zealand: Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Second Place / Double Gold: New Zealand: Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Class 5. Chardonnay – Class won by South Africa
TROPHY: South Africa: Iona Vineyards Elzette Chardonnay 2014
Second Place / Double Gold: Chile: Cono Sur 20 Barrels Chardonnay 2013

Class 6. White Blends – Class won by South Africa
TROPHY: South Africa: Vondeling Wines Babiana Chenin Blanc,Grenache Blanc,Viognier,Chardonnay 2013
Second Place / Double Gold: South Africa: Trizanne Signature Wines Reserve Sauvignon Blanc,Semillon 2013

Class 7. Other White Wines – Class won by South Africa
TROPHY: South Africa: DeMorgenzon Reserve Chenin Blanc 2014
Second Place / Double Gold: Australia: First Creek Winemakers Reserve Semillon 2009

Class 8. Pinot Noir – Class won by New Zealand
TROPHY: USA: Niven Family Wine Estates Baileyana Winery S-Bar Pinot Noir 2013
Second Place / Double Gold Australia: Eldridge Estate Single Clone MV6 Pinot Noir 2013

Class 9 Merlot and Carmenère – Class won by Chile
TROPHY: Chile: Concha y Toro Terrunyo Lot No 1 Carmenère 2013
Second Place / Double Gold: New Zealand: Villa Maria Single Vineyard Braided Gravels Organic Merlot 2013

Class 10. Malbec – Class won by Argentina
TROPHY: Argentina: Trapiche Terroir Series Finca Ambrosia Malbec 2011
Second Place / Double Gold: Argentina Diamandes de Uco Malbec 2013

Class 11. Shiraz / Syrah – Class won by New Zealand
TROPHY: USA: Reustle-Prayer Rock Vineyards Masada Bloc Syrah 2012
Second Place / Double Gold: New Zealand: Bilancia La Collina Shiraz 2013

Class 12. Cabernet Sauvignon – Class won by USA
TROPHY: USA: Jackson Family Wines Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Second Place / Double Gold: USA: Stags’ Leap The Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

Class 13. Other Red Varieties – Class won by South Africa
TROPHY: South Africa: Warwick Wine Estates Cabernet Franc 2012
Second Place / Double Gold: USA: Jeff Runquist Wines Barbera 2012

Class 14. Bordeaux Blends – Class won by New Zealand
TROPHY: New Zealand: Matua Wines Single Vineyard Merlot, Malbec 2013
Second Place / Double Gold: Australia: Lindemans Pyrus Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc 2012

Class 15. Other Red Blends – Class won by New Zealand
TROPHY: New Zealand: Sacred Hill Brokenstone Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc 2013
Second Place / Double Gold: New Zealand: Crossroads Talisman Mystery blend 2013

Class 16. Dessert Wines – Class won by New Zealand
TROPHY: New Zealand: Framingham Noble Riesling 2014
Second Place / Double Gold: New Zealand: Framingham F-Series Trockenbeerenauslese Riesling 2014

Class 17. Fortified Wines – Exhibition Class
Entries for this class were received from the USA, South Africa and Australia. Because all 6 nations do not produce fortifieds of quality the scores for this class were not added to the overall aggregate.

TROPHY: Australia: Gralyn Estate Artizan Rare Muscat NV
Second Place / Double Gold: Australia: Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny NV

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