The New Zealand Organic Wine Awards are an independent wine show dedicated to finding and promoting New Zealand’s best organic wines.
“We believe organic viticulture creates the potential for a winemaker to craft a superior wine”. Our goal is to increase the market share of New Zealand’s organic wines domestically and internationally.”
2018 marks the fifth consecutive annual awards since their launch in 2014, during which time they doubled vineyard participation and trebled the number of wines judged.
The New Zealand Organic Wine Awards is New Zealand’s only dedicated wine show for organic wines. In addition to this, they also pride themselves on their independence, none of the judges are engaged financially or otherwise with any of the vineyards eligible to enter; this level of independence is unprecedented in the wine industry within New Zealand.
They are pleased to announce the results of the 2018 NZ Organic Wine Awards. Many thanks to all of the vineyards who participated in this years awards, as well as judges and other volunteers who made these awards possible.
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Major Trophy Winners
NZ Organic Wine Awards ‘Riedel Wine of the Show’: Carrick Josephine Riesling 2017
A powerful, yet restrained and elegant wine. Medium sweet, yet balanced with citrus acidity and mineral. The Joesphine impressed our judging panel with its clean, crisp nature and perfectly balanced sweetness. A very smart wine that should continue to improve over the next 5-8 years.
NZ Organic Wine Awards ‘Vintec Sustainable Vineyard of the Year’: Millton
Our panel was impressed at Millton’s continued dedication to Organic and Biodynamic principles. Millton was New Zealand’s first organic vineyard and oldest biodynamic vineyard in the Southern Hemisphere. James Millton was integral to the formation of OWNZ and Millton was a founding member of Les Rennaisance des Appalation “the return to terroir” a group of biodynamic wineries headed by Nicolas Joly.
NZ Organic Wine Awards ‘Riedel Vineyard of the Year’: Terrace Edge.
Terrace Edge are a consistent performer at the NZ Organic Wine Awards after achieving Wine Of the Show in 2016, and numerous golds throughout the years, but 2018 was to be the year they finally bagged the illusive ‘Riedel Vineyard of the Year’ and will have the ‘Riedel Decanter Trophy’ to prove it. Vineyard of the Year is calculated by points accrued from each Gold, Silver and Bronze medal received, with the tie break (which was required this year) being the vineyard with the higher number of Gold’s.
All Other Champion Wines
Champion Pinot Noir: Black Estate Netherwood Pinot Noir 2015
Champion Sauvignon Blanc: Amisfield Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Champion Riesling: Carrick Josephine Riesling 2017
Champion Pinot Gris: Terrace Edge Pinot Gris 2017
Champion Chardonnay: Giesen The Fuder Clayvin Chardonnay 2014
Champion Syrah: Terrace Edge Syrah 2016
Champion Rose: Villa Maria Single Vineyard Braided Gravels Organic Rose 2017
Champion Sparkling: Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2013
Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Blanc de Blancs Vintage 2013