Thursday, 09 November 2017 12:46

506 Turangawaewae wines

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NZW Chair Steve Green presents the Champion Trophy to BoneLine part owner and viticulturist Lindsay Hill. NZW Chair Steve Green presents the Champion Trophy to BoneLine part owner and viticulturist Lindsay Hill.

For the first time ever the Bragato Wine Awards focused solely on single vineyard wines, meaning the judging panel had the chance to experience hundreds of varying examples of site, during the competition.

Simon Nunns, one of the senior judges, standing in for Chair Ben Glover at the Bragato Dinner, said this is the only show in New Zealand that recognises the unbreakable link from a wine’s standing place, through the people who grew the grapes and made the wine.

“The Bragato Wine Awards are all about recognising a wine’s Turangawaewae and all of us who are involved in this show are very honoured to be part of this process.”

The details of this year’s awards are as follows;

• 506 wines judged by three panels over two days

• 49 Gold = 9.7% of all entries

• 110 Silver = 21.7%

• 226 Bronze = 44.7%

• So, 76.1% of all wines entered won a medal

The biggest class was Pinot Noir with 112 wines, Chardonnay was second with 75 wines, while Sauvignon Blanc came in third with 54 wines.

Statistically the most successful class was Sparkling, which had seven wines entered, with two being awarded gold – a success rate of 26.6%.


And the winners are?


Bragato Trophy for Champion Wine of the Show

The Boneline Cabernet Franc 2016

Canterbury

Vineyard: Waipara West

Grower: Lindsay Hill

Mike Wolter Memorial Trophy for Champion Pinot Noir

Ruby Bay Pinot Noir 2016 

Nelson

Vineyard: Ruby Bay Vineyard

Grower: Andrew Tamplin

 

Alan Limmer Trophy for Champion Syrah

Coopers Creek SV ‘Chalk Ridge’ Syrah 2015

Hawke’s Bay

Vineyard: Chalk Ridge

Grower: Wayne Morrow

 

O-I New Zealand Trophy for Champion Emerging Red Wine

The Boneline Cabernet Franc 2016

Canterbury

Vineyard: Waipara West

Grower: Lindsay Hill

 

Tom McDonald Memorial Trophy for Champion Classical Red Wine

Saint Clair James Sinclair Cabernet Merlot 2015

Hawke’s Bay

Vineyard: Plateau Vineyard

Grower: Neal & Judy Ibbotson

Richard Smart Trophy for Champion Rosé

Clark Estate Dayvinleigh Rosé 2017

Marlborough

Vineyard: Dayvinleigh

Grower: Kevin Johnston

 

New Zealand Frost Fans Trophy for Champion Sweet Wine

Villa Maria Reserve Noble Riesling Botrytis Selection 2015

Marlborough

Vineyard: Rocenvin Vineyard

Grower: Christine Fletcher

 

Glengarry Trophy for Champion Sparkling Wine

Akarua Vintage Brut 2011

Otago

Vineyard: Cairnmuir Road

Grower: Mark Naismith

 

Friedrich Wohnsiedler Trophy for Champion Riesling

Waipara Hills Soul Deans Riesling 2015

Canterbury

Vineyard: Deans Vineyard

Grower: Accolade Wines

 

Brother Cyprian Trophy for Champion Pinot Gris

Devil’s Staircase Pinot Gris 2016

Otago

Vineyard: Rockburn Wines Ltd

Grower: Chris James, Richard Bunton, Paul Halford

 

Nick Nobilo Trophy for Champion Gewürztraminer

Bladen Gewürztraminer 2016

Marlborough

Vineyard: Paynters Road Vineyard

Grower: Keven and Kerry Tilly

 

O-I New Zealand Trophy for Champion Emerging White Wine

Askerne Viognier 2016

Hawke’s Bay

Vineyard: Askerne

Grower: Kathryn and John Loughlin

 

Spence Brothers Trophy for Champion Sauvignon Blanc

Konrad Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Marlborough

Vineyard: Konrad Wines

Grower: Konrad Hengstler

 

Bill Irwin Trophy for Champion Chardonnay

Domaine Rewa Chardonnay 2015

Otago

Vineyard: Domaine Rewa

Grower: Philippa Fourbet

 

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