Richmond and Seifried's strike gold at wine show
Richmond Plains and Seifried Estate have led the Nelson charge at the New Zealand International Wine Show, winning two gold medals each.
In all, local wineries won seven golds as well as plenty of silver and bronze medals at the country's biggest wine awards.
Richmond Plains grabbed gold for its 2011 pinot noir and its 2012 gewurztraminer, delighting Lars Jensen, co-owner of the small family-owned organic and biodynamic winery.
"We don't enter a lot of competitions so it's always a nice surprise when we do well. The New Zealand show is well recognised internationally so it helps support our sales and marketing initiatives." Mr Jensen said the pinot, produced from a light harvest affected by bad weather, had blossomed after some bottle age and was now drinking beautifully and would likely sell out by Christmas.
While it was the only Nelson pinot to wine gold at this show, Mr Jensen said the region was starting to produce a lot of good pinots.
Its gewurztraminer was a favourite at the winery and another example of Nelson's ability to grow aromatic wines very well, he said.
Seifried also stood out, winning golds for its winemakers collection gewurztraminer 2013 and its Sweet Agnes riesling 2013, a wine style that has won many medals over the years.
Waimea Estates won gold for its first vintage of sauvignon gris 2013, a new wine variety from Bordeaux, France which has similar levels of acidity to sauvignon blanc but generally produces fruit with higher sugar levels and greater aromatics.
Middle-Earth winery received a gold for its pinot meunier rose 2013, one of only two in New Zealand made out of the grape, and Greenhough won with its sweet wine, ambrosia gewurztraminer 2012.