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Villa Maria Barrique Fermented Chardonnay 2009 Tops Gisborne Regional Wine Awards

By May 28, 2011No Comments

Villa Maria’s ‘Reserve Barrique Fermented’ Gisborne Chardonnay was announced the Supreme Wine of the Show at the inaugural Gisborne Regional Wine Awards last night. The wine is already a highly awarded wine, and the label has been a consistent gold medal and trophy winning one over the years; and this latest result adds to the burgeoning success that Villa Maria has enjoyed on the show circuit.

The Gisborne Regional Wine Awards took the place of the decade-running International Chardonnay Challenge, with the aim of highlighting the strengths of the Gisborne region, requiring all entries to be made up of at least 85% local grape content. There were 137 wines entered for judging by a team of experienced judges led by Jane Skilton MW, including Ralph Kyte-Powell from Australia. 13 gold medals (9.49%) were awarded, with 25 silvers (18.25%) and 63 bronzes (45.99%)

The Gisborne Regional Wine Awards saw five trophies presented and three ‘Varietal Selections’ announced, which follow:
Supreme Wine of Show – Villa Maria ‘Reserve Barrique Fermented’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2009
Highest Awarded Wine Company – Lion-Nathan
Best Value Wine Under $20 – Coopers Creek Gisborne Gewurztraminer 2010
Bill Irwin Trophy – Millton Vineyard ‘Crazy By Nature – Shotberry’ Chardonnay 2010
Lead Viticulturist Trophy – David Bullivant and Sarah Phillips (both from Indevin)

Overall White Varietals Selection – TW Chardonnay 2010, Villa Maria ‘Reserve BF’ Chardonnay 2009, Millton ‘Riverpoint’ Viognier 2010, Millton ‘Clos Samuel’ Viognier SBS 2010, Huntaway ‘Reserve’ Pinot Gris 2010, Coopers Greek Gewurztraminer 2010

Overall Red Varietals Selection – Spade Oak Syrah 2009, Longbush ‘Bird Series’ Syrah 2009, Matawhero Merlot 2010, Kirkpatrick Estate Winery ‘Wild’ Rosé 2009, Kirkpatrick Estate Winery ‘Reserve’ Malbec 2010, Coopers Creek ‘Limited Reserve Release’ Malbec 2010

Overall Gisborne Selection – Villa Maria ‘Reserve BF’ Chardonnay 2009, Coopers Creek ‘Limited Release’ Malbec 2010, Millton ‘Riverpoint’ Viognier 2010, Millton ‘Clos Samuel’ Viognier SBS 2010, Huntaway ‘Reserve’ Pinot Gris 2010, Coopers Creek Gewurztraminer 2010

Following are the gold medal winners:
Brunton Road Pinot Gris 2010
Coopers Creek Gisborne Gewurztraminer 2010
Coopers Creek ‘Limited Reserve Release’ Gisborne Malbec 2010
Huntaway ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay 2009
Huntaway ‘Reserve’ Pinot Gris 2010
Millton ‘Clos Samuel’ Viognier Special Berry Selection 2010
Millton ‘Riverpoint Vineyard’ Viognier 2010
Saints Gewurztraminer 2010
Spade Oak Noble Viognier 2009
Thornbury Chardonnay 2010
TW Estate Chardonnay 2010
Villa Maria ‘Reserve Barrique Fermented’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2010
Villa Maria ‘Reserve Barrique Fermented’ Gisborne Chardonnay 2009
 
For more information, contact Simon Gardiner, the Gisborne Wine Marketing Director on Tel: 027 778-9004, Email: simon@gisbornewine.co.nz or go to www.gisbornewine.co.nz/regionalwineawards
 

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