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Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2014 – Gold Medals

By July 22, 2014No Comments

The medal winning wines from the 2014 Spiegelau International Wine Competition, judged in Marlborough last week, have been released. From over 1,300 entries, there were 85 gold medals, 199 silver and 536 bronzes awarded, resulting in over 60% of the wines judged receiving a medal of merit. Of the gold medal wines, 60 came from New Zealand, 14 from Australia, 5 from France, 3 from Spain, 2 from Portugal and one came from Chile. The results reflect the international nature of the show, and the diversity and to a lesser degree the proportion of imported wines available in the country.

The competition is sponsored by Spiegelau Glass, and uniquely, the wines are judged in style and varietal specific stemware. Most consumers are aware of the significance of the glass in how a wine is shown and perceived, so in that sense the wines have been shown as positively as possible. This year again, the judges were chaired by the very experienced Mike de Garis, winemaker and consultant based in Sydney, and the guest overseas judges were Sue Hodder of Wynns, Coonawarra, Mike Bennie and Ralph Kyte-Powell, wine writers, all from Australia.

The Results
There were 5 golds awarded to Sparkling wines, and as can be expected, Champagne dominated, taking 4 golds. The aromatic varieties of Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Riesling were very successful, with 3, 6 and 6 golds respectively awarded. The 2013 Marlborough vintage for these whites came through strongly, with only one wine from Waipara and 2 2012 wines among these 15.

There were 12 golds awarded to Sauvignon Blanc, all coming from Marlborough, and all from the 2013 vintage, except for two from 2014 and one from 2012. The success of the 2013 vintage is apparent here, and one can assume the 2014 wines still need some time yet to show their best.

Chardonnay continues its run of recognition and success of late with 7 golds awarded, the wines coming from Waimauku, Auckland, the Waikato, Hawke’s Bay and Marlborough. And it is good to see a Viognier come through, this variety seeming to lose its way in popularity of late.

Two Hunter Valley Semillons and a Marlborough Gruner Veltliner featured in the 3 Other White class, showing old classics and maybe a new classic. 2 golds for Sweet wines, one each from Australia and New Zealand rounded out the whites. The resurgence of Rosé wines can be seen with 2 golds, one each from New Zealand and France.

As can be expected, Pinot Noir was the most successful class with 14 golds awarded. The wines range in origin from Martinborough to Nelson, Marlborough and Central Otago, 6 wines coming from 2013, 7 from 2012 and one from 2011. The 2013 and 2012 vintages are high quality in Marlborough and Central Otago, and Martinborough experienced a return to form in 2013.

The 2 Merlot and 6 Cabernet Sauvignon-Based golds were dominated by Hawke’s Bay and South Australian wines, with one from Chile. Syrah/Shiraz was also a winning category with 10 golds, these being shared by Australia with 6 and New Zealand with 4 wines, with 3 of the latter from Waiheke Island.

In the Other Reds, an Australian a Spanish wine each took gold, and in the Fortified class, there were 4 golds, shared by Sherries and Ports with 2 golds each.

Here, I list the 85 gold medal winning wines. To see the full medal results at www.spiegelauiwc.co.nz The trophies will be announced at an awards dinner to be held at The Northern Club, Auckland, on Friday 8 August.

Champagne & Sparkling
Charles Heidsieck Champagne ‘Brut Reserve’ NV
Piper Heidsieck Champagne ‘Cuvee Brut’ NV
Dumangin ‘Brut Grande Reserve’ Premier Cru Champagne NV
Bollinger Champagne Rosé NV
Akarua Methode Traditionnelle Rosé Brut NV

Gewurztraminer
Grove Mill Marlborough 2013
Hunter’s Marlborough 2013
Johanneshof Marlborough 2013

Pinot Gris
Mud House Marlborough 2013
The King’s Thorn Marlborough 2013
Spy Valley Marlborough 2013
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Marlborough 2013
Dusky Sounds Marlborough 2013
Waipara Hills ‘Equinox’ Waipara Valley 2013

Riesling
Matua ‘Single Vineyard’ Marlborough 2013
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Dry 2012
Forrest ‘The Doctors’ Marlborough 2013
Giesen Waipara/Marlborough 2013
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 9 – Big John’ Marlborough 2013
Seifried Nelson 2012

Sauvignon Blanc
Mud House ‘Estate’ ‘The Woolshed Vineyard’ Marlborough 2013
Mud House Marlborough 2013
Babich ‘Family Estates’ ‘Cowslip Valley’ Marlborough 2013
Catalina Sounds ‘Sound of White’ Marlborough 2013
Giesen ‘The Fuder’ ‘Matthews Lane’ Marlborough 2012
Fire Road Marlborough 2013
O:TU ‘Blend 102’ Marlborough 2013
Saint Clair ‘Wairau Reserve’ 2013
Summerhouse Marlborough 2013
Villa Maria ‘Private Bin’ Marlborough 2014
Villa Maria ‘’Single Vineyard – Templar’ ‘Organic’ Marlborough 2013
Yealands ‘Land Made’ Marlborough 2014

Chardonnay
Toi Toi ‘Reserve’ Waimauku 2012
Mount Riley Marlborough 2013
Mystery Creek ‘Reserve’ Waikato 2013
Saint Clair ‘Premium’ Marlborough 2013
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 11 – Cell Block’ Marlborough 2013
Villa Maria ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay 2013
Crossroads ‘Winemakers Collection’ Hawke’s Bay 2012

Viognier
Black Barn ‘Single Vineyard’ Hawke’s Bay 2013

Other Whites
Tyrrell’s ‘Single Vineyard -Stevens’ Hunter Valley Semillon 2009
Tyrrell’s ‘Winemakers Selection’ ‘Vat 1’ Hunter Valley Semillon 2006
Nautilus Marlborough Gruner Veltliner 2013

Sweet Wines
Trentham Noble Taminga 2012
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Marlborough LH Semillon 2011

Rosé
Coopers Creek Huapai 2014
La Vieille Ferme Cote du Ventoux Rosé 2013

Pinot Noir
Akarua Central Otago 2012
alex.gold Central Otago 2013
Awatere River Marlborough 2013
Brightwater Vineyards ‘Lord Rutherford’ 2012
Grove Mill Marlborough 2013
Te Kairanga ‘Runholder’ Martinborough 2013
Martinborough Vineyard ‘Te Tera’ 2013
Giesen ‘Single Vineyard Selection – Waihopi’ Marlborough 2012
Grasshopper Rock Central Otago 2012
Kahurangi Estate Nelson 2012
Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough 2012
Saint Clair ‘Pioneer Block 14 – Doctor’s Creek’ 2012
Weaver Estate Central Otago 2011
Peter Yealands Marlborough 2013

Merlot
Quarisa ‘Treasures’ Coonawarra 2012
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Hawke’s Bay ‘Organic’ 2013

Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Blends
Sister’s Run ‘Bethlehem Block’ Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Wynns ‘John Riddoch’ Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Selaks ‘Reserve’ Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet 2013
Taylors ‘Promised Land’ South Australia Cabernet/Merlot 2013
Te Awa Hawkes Bay Cabernet/Merlot 2011
Concha y Toro ‘Marques de Casa’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Shiraz/Syrah
Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay 2013
Mudbrick ‘Reserve’ Waiheke Island 2013
Mudbrick ‘Shepherd’s Point’ Waiheke Island 2013
Obsidian Waiheke Island 2013
Dandelion Vineyards ‘Lioness’ McLaren Vale 2012
Fox Creek ‘Red Baron’ McLaren Vale 2013
Henry’s Drive Padthaway Syrah 2012
Wolf Blass ‘Gold Label’ Barossa 2012
Wynns ‘Michael’ Coonawarra 2009
Wirra Wirra ‘Catapult’ McLaren Vale 2012

Other Reds
Kingston ‘Echelon’ Petit Verdot 2009
Borsao ‘Vina Borgia’ Garnacha 2013

Fortified
Lustau ‘San Emilio’ Pedro Ximinez NV
Williams & Humbert ‘Don Guido’ Pedre Ximinez NV
Graham’s ‘Six Grapes’ Port NV
Krohn ‘Quinta do Retiro Novo’ Vintage Port 2009

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