Spiegelau judges gather to savour wine

More than 1300 wines will be tasted by judges in the Spiegelau International Wine Competition being held at Marlborough ...
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More than 1300 wines will be tasted by judges in the Spiegelau International Wine Competition being held at Marlborough Convention Centre.

Twenty-one judges, 1300 wines, three days to savour. 

All eyes, and noses, will be centred this week on the fifth annual Spiegelau International Wine Competition at the Marlborough Convention Centre.

Established by Wine Competition businesswomen Belinda Jackson and Margaret Cresswell, of Blenheim, the competition brings together wines from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Portugal, South Africa, Australia, North and South America, and New Zealand.

This year's competition featured the widest range of wines yet shown at the celebrated show, Jackson said.

"We strive for good representation from countries other than New Zealand and Australia, and this year is our more diverse yet.

"It's great for the judges to see a wide range of wines but also for wine lovers to get an idea of what's available to them on the market."

Among the 21-strong judging panel will be Master of Wine, Jane Skilton, and wine writers Tyson Stelzer and Patrick Haddock, as well as leading winemakers.

Judges will award medals to standout wine after the tasting ends on Thursday, followed by an awards dinner in Auckland on August 7.

The competition wraps up with a public auction of wines not opened, with proceeds to the wine industry.

Since 2011 the Cresswell Jackson Wine Trust had donated $50,000 worth of grants and scholarships within the Marlborough region.

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In May the trust awarded two grants to Otago University to undertake research on the extraction of phenolics during winemaking, and towards making a documentary showing the role science played in making quality wine.

 - The Marlborough Express

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