Marlborough wines awarded trophies

CHLOE WINTER
Last updated 08:51 11/08/2014
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WINNERS ANNOUNCED: International guest judge for the Spiegelau International Wine Competition, Melbourne-based Ralph Kyte-Powell.

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Five Marlborough wines took out trophies at this year's Spiegelau International Wine Competition.

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 14 Doctor's Creek Pinot Noir 2012 won Champion Pinot Noir and the wine company also picked up Champion Producer of the Show with 90 per cent of their wines entered receiving an award.

Marlborough's Grove Mill Gewurztraminer 2013 was awarded Champion Gewurztraminer, Mud House Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013 won the Champion Pinot Gris trophy, Giesen Riesling 2013 was awarded Champion Riesling, and Fire Road Sauvignon Blanc 2013 won Champion Sauvignon Blanc.

Trophies were presented at an awards dinner at the Northern Club in Auckland on Friday night.

The competition was set up by Wine Competition Ltd, which was founded by Belinda Jackson and Margaret Cresswell, of Blenheim.

Saint Clair Family Estate marketing manager Julie Ibbotson said they were thrilled to receive two trophies .

"We won the Producer of the Show trophy last year, shared with two other producers, and never imagined winning it again this year."

Saint Clair Family Estate won a total of 27 medals this year - five gold, six silver and 16 bronze medals. The Pioneer Block 14 Doctor's Creek Pinot Noir was a "personal favourite", Ibbotson said.

"[This] trophy is due to the vineyard location and terroir it offers but most of all it is credit to the entire Saint Clair team, from vineyard staff to winery staff to administration staff, who all work together to with quality as their focus."

Champion Wine of the Show was awarded to Elephant Hill for their Hawke's Bay Syrah 2013.

This year, a new trophy was presented - the Portfolio Excellence award - which went to Auckland-based distributor, EuroVintage.

The trophy was to acknowledge independent, third-party companies who distribute a range of wines.

EuroVintage agencies won 10 gold medals and two trophies at this year's competition, with wines from Chile, Portugal, Australia and New Zealand.

Twelve judges, including chief judge Mike DeGaris, of Sydney, and international guest judges Melbourne-based Ralph Kyte-Powell, Royal Adelaide Wine Show chief judge Sue Hodder and WineFront.com.au editor-at-large and contributor Mike Benn, tasted a record 1320 wines last month at the Marlborough Convention Centre in Blenheim - 200 more than last year.

Thirty-six Marlborough wines were awarded gold medals.

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- The Marlborough Express

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