New Zealand breaks records at International Wine Challenge

By Mariam Digges

New Zealand breaks records at International Wine Challenge
New Zealand Pinot Noirs and Sauvignon Blancs broke records at this year's International Wine Challenge.

New Zealand enjoys a record year of winnings at the International Wine Challenge, bagging 38 gold medals – 13 of which were Pinot Noirs.

The 30th International Wine Challenge saw New Zealand flourish, winning a staggering 38 gold medals for their prized cool climate drops.

“New Zealand’s Pinot just gets better and better and it is hard to beat in terms of quality, consistency and value. One theme that came through in judging this year was the regional diversity. This is great news for New Zealand Pinot and one that suggests that vine age is now starting to have a significant impact,” said Sam Harrop MW, Co-Chairman of the IWC.

As well as their famed Pinot Noirs, which collected 13 gold medals, Sauvignon Blanc was only two behind on 11 gold. Alongside these better known varietals were some emerging grapes, including Grüner Veltliner (commonly found in Austria), and Albarino, which is traditionally from Spain and Portugal. Both these lesser known varieties took home a gold each.

“These wines have been tasted against thousands of contenders so it is a tremendous achievement that will catapult their product to an international audience,” said Charles Metcalfe, co-chairman of the IWC.

The International Wine Challenge is one of the world’s most rigorously judged wine competitions.

The Gold Medal winning New Zealand wines were:

Blind River Sauvignon Blanc  2012

Brennan   Pinot Noir 2010

B2 Pinot Noir 2011

Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2010

Delegat Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012

John Forrest Collection Brancott Pinot Noir 2010

John Forrest Collection Waitaki Valley Pinot Noir 2010

Framingham Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Grasshopper Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

Huntaway Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Julicher Estate 99 Rows Pinot Noir  2010

Kingsmill Tippet’s Dam Pinot Noir 2011

Tohu Mugwi Reserve Sauvignon Blanc  2011

Lawson’s Dry Hills Chardonnay  2009

Lawson’s Dry Hills Reserve Sauvignon Blanc  2012

Lone Goat Canterbury Late Harvest Riesling 2007

Marisco The Kings Favour  Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Matua Valley Single Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay 2011

Mills Reef Elspeth Cabernet Merlot 2009

Mills Reef Elspeth Trust Vineyard Syrah  2011

Mission Estate Martinborough Pinot Noir  2012

Nautilus Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2011

Ostler Caroline’s  Pinot Noir 2010

Otu Sauvignon Blanc 2012

O:TU 102 Single Vineyard 2012

Church Road Reserve Chardonnay  2011

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Pinot Noir 2011

Waipara Springs Premo Pinot Noir  2010

Stanley Estate  Albarino 2012

Tarras Vineyards the Canyon Pinot Noir 2009

Vidal Reserve Series Syrah 2010

Vidal White Label Series Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Villa Maria Private Bin Syrah 2010

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Sauvignon Blanc2012

Mansion House Bay Vineyard Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Marks and Spencer Single Block Series R3 Pinot Noir 2011 (Yealands)

Marks and Spencer Single Block Series S1 Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (Yealands)

Yealands Estate  Grüner Veltliner 2012

Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners


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