From all of us here at Wine Nelson, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a fabulous festive celebration. We look forward to sharing our wines with you in 2016. Travel safely, holiday hospitably!
South African Restaurant and Wine Consultant, Roger Jones, described Nelson wines as world class.
In November, Nelson Winegrowers hosted the Wine Writers of New Zealand group for a two-day visit to the region. Members attending share their thoughts.
The visit was a great opportunity for the Wine Writers to learn more about our wines and it was great to get their feedback "[Nelson] ...a small wine region of New Zealand that hides its light under a bushel. Let that light shine brightly!"
Not only did Nelson play host to the gala dinner for the largest premier wine competition in New Zealand, the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, it also took out three of the eighteen trophies awarded at the dinner.
We've won the rugby and now Aronui have taken out the trophy for Best New Zealand Wine at the Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, which is more than a forum for wines that fall outside the mainstream. The competition encourages cutting-edge judging procedures and provide a host of social and educational events that promote knowledge sharing and the ferment of ideas.
In its 34th year of competition, the Sydney International Wine Competitions' main aim is to offer consumers independent information to help in their choice of wines more likely to enhance the pleasures of the daily dining experience and, by so doing, to add enjoyment and contentment to their everyday lives. And it's great to know that Nelson Wines are considered amongst that choice of wines!
The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is the premier wine competition in New Zealand. This year, following 1,407 wines entered, judges awarded 84 gold medals to wines from around the country with four gold medals awarded to Nelson wines.
Food and wine are the windows into the essence of a region and its culture. They’re a way to experience the heart of a place. Nelson ‘from Source to Serve’ is a showcase of the very best local produce, prepared by selected local chefs, matched with award-winning local wines, craft beers and cider.
The International Aromatic Wine Competition, now in its thirteenth year, focuses on aromatic wines including Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Viognier and other wine varieties including Muscat, Verdeldo, Arneis, Red, Rose and Sauvignon Gris, made in an aromatic style from any internationally recognised region. The purpose of the competition is to highlight to consumers the best aromatic wine varieties available in the New Zealand market for the wine drinker.
Bob Campbell MW has never given a wine a perfect score ….until now.
This month he awarded 100 points to Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay 2014 saying “This is as good as some of the best white Burgundy I’ve tasted. I love the wine’s impressive power. I love the way it delivers an array of citrus, chalky mineral, brioche and spicy oak flavours with consummate subtlety.”
The New Zealand International Wine Show is the largest wine competition held in New Zealand. Entry is open for wines from any country and made from any variety. This year 2103 entries were received from 10 countries resulting in 221 Gold, 386 Silver and 910 Bronze Medals being awarded. The judging took place from 7th through 9th September, and was chaired by Bob Campbell MW with assistant Chief Judges Larry McKenna, John Hancock and Kym Milne MW.
Nelson wineries took home three Gold medals this year along with a swag of Silver and Bronze medals:
There’s a revolution fermenting in the Moutere Hills and Waimea Plains with the return of one of Nelson’s wine sons to the region. Michael Glover has left a radical career in Australia to don the black beret of Mahana, Che Guevara-style, and take up a wine-growing crusade that could create more converts to the exciting wines made in this region.
The Bragato Wine Awards, held each year as part of the New Zealand Winegrowers Romeo Bragato National Conference, are awarded to the grower for viticultural excellence. The competition recognises that growing excellent grapes is the foundation of making wines of true quality. The Trophies were presented at the Bragato Dinner in Hawke’s Bay on 27 August.
Four Gold Medals for first-time entrants Seifried Estate at the Berliner Wein Trophy 2015 in Germany.
Three new vintage Sauvignon Blanc’s and a Late Harvest Riesling from New Zealand’s Seifried Estate, have earned Gold Medals at this year’s Berliner Wein Trophy in Germany.
The results of the fifth Spiegelau International Wine Competition have been announced and three Nelson Wineries have been awarded golds across multiple varieties, continuing proof that Nelson wines are world class.
Great praise for Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay 2013 and Brightwaters' Lord Rutherford by Roger Jones within 'The Caterer' July publication.
The International decanter.com awards are out and once again Nelson wines have received strong accolades!
In 2015 Wine Nelson is proud to be the host region for the Air New Zealand Wine Awards gala dinner. Global Marketing Director for New Zealand Winegrowers, Chris Yorke, says the Air New Zealand Wine Awards dinner is a big night for New Zealand’s wine industry. "Nelson has a great reputation for producing world-class wines which makes it a fitting location for this year’s awards dinner.”
Nelson winery Kaimira Estate took-out the title of Sustainable Vineyard of the Year at the NZ Organic Wine Awards which are now in their second year, along with golds for Richmond Plains and Sunset Valley Vineyard.
Aronui Wines has just celebrated ten years since its first vine plantings at its Whenua Matua vineyard in Upper Moutere, Nelson.