Mission Estate Jewelstone selected for Wine Explorers Grand Annual Tasting


Mission Estate, New Zealand’s oldest winery, has further cemented its place on the global wine map by having its Jewelstone Syrah 2013 selected to appear at WINE Explorers’ Grand Annual Tasting 2016.

Two Helmets and Jewelstone Syrah

WINE Explorers is a unique four-year project to take an inventory of all of the wine producing countries of the world.  Now in it’s third year, the unprecedented task has seen the WINE Explorers travel to 92 countries, visiting 250 wine-growing regions, surveying a total of 1500 vineyards and tasting over 15000 wines.

The Grand Annual Tasting 2016, held on a beautiful terrace overlooking the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, was the culmination of the WINE Explorers 2015 travels.

The Grand Annual Tasting 2016 was held to showcase the WINE Explorer’s favourite wines from their travels in 2015. Only 35 wines were selected to appear, two being from New Zealand with Mission Jewelstone Syrah 2013 being one of them.

120 professionals from the wine industry, joined the WINE Explorers’ team for the unique tasting, where wines from 14 countries were represented. The idea was not to judge the wines, but to assess the potential of each of the selected wine regions and discuss the notion of terroir.

Peter Holley, Mission Estate CEO says, “This event was particularly poignant for us given our French heritage. It was French Marist Missionaries who established Mission Estate back in 1851. I’m sure these men never considered that their pioneering efforts would ultimately lead to a wine bearing the name Mission being showcased at such a grand event in Paris some 165 years later!”

Founder of WINE Explorers Jean-Baptiste, says, “It was my desire to travel around the globe to highlight the richness of the world’s vineyards, to reveal unknown and very original great growths, hidden treasures from far away wine-growing regions.”

He adds, “Hawke’s Bay has impressed us with the quality of its Syrah, like the very precise cuvée “Jewelstone Syrah 2013” from Mission Estate.”

The Wine Explorers visited New Zealand in November 2015 and visited Mission Estate along with a number of other wineries  – see the attached blog article HERE.

Jewelstone Syrah 2013 is a single vineyard wine from Mission’s Mere Road vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels. The wine has a floral spicy nose with very sweet ripe fruit elements.

Mission Estate is continuing to fly the flag high for New Zealand Syrahs internationally with the 2014 Mission Reserve Syrah and 2014 Mission Estate Syrah both winning gold medals at the recent International Wine Challenge. The 2014 Estate Syrah was then awarded a prestigious trophy.

Peter Holley says, “This ongoing success is a real credit to our winemaking and viticulture team.”

For further information, please contact: Samantha Allen, (09) 360 0385 or sam@theprshop.co.nz

About Mission Estate:

Established in 1851, Mission Estate is New Zealand’s oldest winemaker.  By combining the traditional craft of winemaking with the latest technology, we are reaching out to a new generation of wine lovers across the globe.

A full list of the wines served at The Grand Annual Tasting 2016

  1. INDONESIA – Hatten Wines, Aga White 2016
  2. BELGIUM – Château de Bioul, Mossiat 2014
  3. SWEDEN – Hällåkra Vineyard, Solaris 2014
  4. BELGIUM – Entre-Deux-Monts, Pinot 2015
  5. SWISS – Domaine de Maison Blanche, Clos du Couvent 2009
  6. AUSTRIA – Domäne Wachau Smaragd Singerriedel 2014
  7. CZECH REP.- Sonberk, Riesling V.O.C. 2013
  8. AUSTRALIA – Heggies Vineyard, Heggies Vineyard Riesling 2005
  9. GERMANY- Schloss Vollrads, Riesling Alte Reben Trocken 2005
  10. AUSTRALIA – Freycinet Vineyard, Riesling 2003
  11. HUNGARY – Gróf Degenfeld Winery, Furmint Sparkling 2011
  12. ENGLAND – Gusbourne, Blanc de Blancs 2010
  13. BRAZIL – Cave Geisse, Terroir Nature – Safra 2009
  14. BELGIUM – Vignobles des Agaises (Ruffus), Franco Dragone 2011
  15. GERMANY – Schloss Vollrads, Riesling Extra brut 2003
  16. INDONESIA – Sababay Winery, Moscato d’Bali 2015
  17. AUSTRALIA – Rockford, Sparkling Black Shiraz NV
  18. HUNGARY – Château Dereszla, Kabar 2013
  19. HUNGARY – Samuel Tinon, Tokaj Szamorodni Sec 2007
  20. HUNGARY – Gróf Degenfeld Winery, Tokaji Aszú 6 Puttonyos 2008
  21. HUNGARY – Château Dereszla, Muskotály Réserve 2003
  22. DENMARK – Kelleris Vingaard, Utopia Rondo 2006
  23. AUSTRIA – Weingut J. Heinrich, Alte Reben 2011
  24. HUNGARY – Etyeki Kúria Winery, Kékfrankos 2013
  25. AUSTRIA – Judith Beck, St. Laurent Schafleiten 2013
  26. SLOVAKIA – Víno MRVA & STANKO, Cuvée 2012
  27. BRAZIL – Lidio Carraro, Quorum 2006
  28. NEW ZEALAND – Te Motu, Bordeaux Blend 1999
  29. AUSTRALIA – Freycinet, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2000
  30. SLOVAKIA – Tajna, Pinot Noir 2013
  31. HUNGARY – Etyeki Kúria Winery, Pinot Noir 2013
  32. AUSTRALIA – Yalumba, Tricentenary Grenache 2008
  33. NEW ZEALAND – Mission Estate Winery, Jewelstone Syrah 2013
  34. AUSTRALIA – Syrahmi, Dreams… 2012
  35. AUSTRALIA – Rockford, Basket Press Shiraz 2011 



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