Marlborough wines shine in New World Wine Awards
Marlborough wines have swept the board for another stellar showing at the New World Wine Awards.
The results of the annual awards, which focus on affordable wines, were released on Monday after the judges tasted a record 1319 entries.
Marlborough wines picked up a total of 230 medals, almost twice as many medals as the next best placed region, Hawke's Bay, as well as a number of champion varietal awards.
The two top awards also went to wines from the region, with Giesen Wines winning the Champion White Wine for its Giesen Riesling 2015, and Esk Valley Estate taking out the Champion Red Wine award its Esk Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir Noir 2015.
The show is the first major New Zealand wine awards to judge 2016 vintage wines, which put in a strong showing with 137 medals out of the 779 medals on offer.
Judging panel chair Jim Harre said the quality of new vintage sauvignon blanc entries exceeded the expectations of the judges.
"This is a real testament to the skill of winemakers, who've produced medal-winning sauvignon blanc wines that are restrained and elegant with a lovely balance of acidity and fruit," Harre said.
The Champion Sauvignon Blanc was taken out by Marlborough wine company Lawson's Dry Hill for its Mount Vernon Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016.
In order to be eligible for the awards, wine companies had to submit entires that retail for $25 or less, with at least 5000 bottles for sale.
Harre said this appealed to consumers as it helped take the guesswork out of choosing quality wines.
"Wine lovers are increasingly recognising the value of these awards," he said.
Following the announcement of the 2015 results, 323,000 bottles of wine, with a retail value in excess of $4.6 million, were sold in the first six weeks of the promotion.
CHAMPION VARIETAL WINNERS
Champion Sauvignon Blanc: Mount Vernon Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Champion Pinot Gris: Thornbury Waipara Pinot Gris 2016
Champion Chardonnay: Clearview Estate Beachhead Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2015
Champion Riesling: Giesen Riesling 2015
Champion Sparkling Wines: Brancott Estate Brut Cuvee NV
Champion Rose: Villa Maria Private Bin Hawke's Bay Rose 2016
Champion Pinot Noir: Esk Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015
Champion Shiraz & Syrah: Mission Estate Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2015
Champion Red Blend: Robert Oatley GSM 2015
Champion Single Varietal Red: Sandalford Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
- The Marlborough Express