New Zealand rosé was the big winner as this year’s New World Wine Awards celebrated the very best in affordable Kiwi and Australian wine.
Nearly 1,300 wines from 176 winemakers entered this year’s awards, a pinnacle of recognition for the antipodean wine industry.
Seven still and two sparkling rosés made the coveted Top 50 Gold Medal list.
Madam Sass Central Otago Pinot Noir was crowned Champion Rosé for the second year in a row, with Te Hana Rosé taking out the title of Champion Bubbles.
More winemakers are growing grapes specifically for this perfect summer drop.
The highest-scoring wine overall was Stoneleigh’s Rapaura 2018 Chardonnay, impressing the judges with a staggering 97 points.
Wairau River took out the Champion Sauvignon Blanc for its 2019 expression, scoring 96 points, with 13 other sauvignon blancs making the Gold Medal list.
Among those was Sarah-Jessica Parker’s recently-released Invivo X, SJP 2019 which scored 95 points.
The Australian Yalumba Y Series celebrated a triumphant night, taking home the Champion title in both the Shiraz/Syrah and Single Varietal Red categories.
A low-alcohol content rosé was featured this year courtesy of The Doctors.
The first ever Gold Medal ‘wine in a can’ was awarded to JOIY Savvy Society Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
All wines entered must retail for $25 or less a bottle, making these awards a celebration of quality as well as affordability.
The wines were judged by an independent panel of 17 expert wine judges who blind-tasted and evaluated the wines over three days at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium.
This means judges only see the wine in the glass, never any bottles or brands. All they know is the varietal, vintage and country of origin.
Over the past few years there have been several emerging varietals in New Zealand’s vineyards.
The likes of Albariño, Tempranillo and Grenache Tempranillo (which are already enjoyed and highly popular overseas) are also growing in stature on New Zealand shores – and that reflected in this year’s awards, which each varietal scoring well.
You can see the full results of every medal-placing wine here, all categorised according to variety, score and brand name or wine.
The Top 50 Gold medal-winning wines are available in all liquor-selling New World stores until 10 November, or while stocks last.