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.
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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.
Another stunning trophy cabinet haul, with two Champion Trophies collected by local producers at the Bragato Dinner in Marlborough last night.
Jonny Hiscox collected the Brother Cyprian Trophy Winner and Champion Pinot Gris for Aronui Pinot Gris Single Vineyard Nelson 2016 and newcomer Alan Eggers received the Alan Limmer Trophy Winner and Champion Syrah for Falcon Ridge Estate Syrah Nelson 2015.
The very first vintage from new Spring Grove vineyard, Falcon Ridge Estate, has impressed New Zealand wine judges. Falcon Ridge's 2015 sauvignon blanc was recently awarded a silver medal at the New Zealand International Wine Show, a bronze at the Bragato Wine Awards, and a pure bronze at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards.
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:
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.