For a wine region producing only 2.2% of NZ total harvest, Nelson continues to be recognised for its excellence in winemaking, with outstanding results in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Aromatics and now Syrah and Sparkling. #nelsonshines
Following three days of judging over 1,300 wines, the gold medals have been awarded in this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards, with Nelson producers Seifried Estate and Falcon Ridge Estate earning a gold medal each for Aotea by the Seifried Family Méthode Traditionnelle Nelson NV and Falcon Ridge Estate Syrah Nelson 2016 respectively.
Four gold medals at the 2017 New Zealand International Wine Show for Nelson, once again across different varieties. The New Zealand International Wine Show is the largest wine competition held in New Zealand, with over 2,000 entries received. The judging took place from 18th through 20th September, with medal results announced today.
Judged at the recent 2017 Bragato Wine Awards as the Champion Pinot Noir, we're very proud of this Ruby Bay Pinot Noir 2016. The volume of entries for this category was such that all of the judging panels spent an entire morning looking exclusively at Pinot Noir; so the competition for this particular award was fierce.
A great story on Blackenbrook and what being successful means to them.
Congratulations to Rimu Grove for taking out the annual Colin Harrison Memorial Trophy for their Rimu Grove Chardonnay 2016. Not only was it the Judges favourite wine, but it was also voted People's Choice at a blind tasting at the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce Aspire event in July.
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Waimea Estate, one of the regions largest wine producers has been sold to New Zealand financial services company Booster which is a KiwiSaver fund provider and will now be in partnership with the Awatere River Wine Company in Marlborough.
Congratulations to Falcon Ridge Estate for their 2015 Syrah which won a Gold Medal at the 2017 Global Syrah Masters in London.
A full list of Award winners is still yet to be published but we will link it to this blog once it has been.
"Chard in Nelson's backyard" - Andrew J. Steel
Love what happens when natural beauty, a photographic eye, artistic talent and great wine collide. This #unofficialcollab by artist Andrew J. Steel, with his take on Nelson's backyard.
Yesterday Laurie Stradling, Viticulturist for Kaimira Wines, competed in the Marlborough Young Viticulturist competition representing Nelson.
Both Waimea Estate and Spencer Hill have been awarded Double Golds for their Spinyback Pinot Gris 2016 and 2013 Spencer Hill Moutere "Wild One" Pinot Noir respectively, at the prestigious San Francisco International Wine Competition (SFIWC).
Nelson Tasmans most awarded wine has earned another accolade, receiving a Platinum at the 2017 UK Decanter World Wine Awards. Seifreid Estate Winemakers Collection Nelson 'Sweet Agnes' Riesling 2016 received a Platinum award and 'Best New Zealand Sweet'. The 2016 vintage has already been awarded a Double Gold (97 points) at the 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition and a Gold at the 2016 Air New Zealand Wine Awards.
Joe Czerwinski, wine journalist, editor and taster for over a decade, provides five tips to getting the most out of a visit to a wine region and a look at five of his most memorable trips, including a visit to Neudorf in Nelson.
Nelson’s Casa del Vino is now the city’s first-ever fine wine shop and tasting bar. If you haven’t been to Casa, it’s in the heart of the Nelson CBD at 214 Hardy Street. Completely transformed last year, it will remind you of some of the most elegant wine bars and tasting rooms of Europe.
Winner of the coveted Resilience to Climate Change category in the national 2017 Green Ribbon Awards for its QuayConnect freight logistics model, Port Nelson "shows the sort of practical and innovative initiatives that can make a real difference to the difficult problems of climate change" [Nick Smith, MP].
Across the Nelson and Marlborough region there are number of wineries that are renowned for producing outstanding Pinot Noir wines, however, in a recent report by Nick Stock regional stars include Neudorf, which works with old vines, and Mahana, run by Michael Glover.
Stock described both the 2014 and 2015 Neudorf Moutere Pinot Noirs as worthy of collecting and maturing; capable of attaining the kind of sweet decay that you find in the best older Burgundy wines with age.
Whilst it's early days for this new varietal in New Zealand, three local Nelson producers are already earning accolades.
“Battered scallops or oysters and a bottle of Albariño wine – you’ll be in Heaven,” – that’s the appetite-nudging recommendation from Kono’s Whenua Matua Vineyard Manager, Jonny Hiscox.
Vintage 2017 - by Hamish Kempthorne, Head Winemaker of Waimea Estates
To say that the Nelson grape harvest of 2017 threw out some challenges would be an understatement. However, despite the at times wicked hand of Mother Nature the wines now safely fermenting in tank and barrel are full of promise with some exciting wines to look forward to as an expression of the Nelson wine-growing region for another year.