Spiegelau 2012 Wine Competition Trophy Winners

New Press Release  – the results of the Spiegelau 2012 Wine Competition were announced at the awards dinner Friday 5 October 2012.

Champion Wine of the Show

Vidal Reserve Series Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2010

Champion Wine Producer
Villa Maria Estate


Champion Wine Producer
Mount Riley

Champion Sparkling Wine
Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle 2007

Champion Gewurztraminer
Distant Land Gewurztraminer 2011

Champion Pinot Gris
Mount Riley Pinot Gris 2012

Champion Riesling
Giesen Marlborough Riesling 2012

Champion Sauvignon Blanc
Whitehaven Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Macvine International Ltd Champion Chardonnay
Nautilus Marlborough Chardonnay 2011

Champion Other White
Tyrrell’s Stevens Hunter Semillon 2007

Champion Sweet Wine
Osawa Wines Noble Gewurztraminer 2011

Champion Pinot Noir
Pasquale Pinot Noir Hakataramea Valley 2010

Champion Cabernet Sauvignon
Shingleback The Davey Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Champion Shiraz/Syrah
Vidal Reserve Series Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2010

Champion Other Red
Feudi di San Marzano SUD Primitivo di Manduria DOP 2010

Champion Fortified
Lustau Pedro Ximenez San Emilio

Other Medal Winners are here

New Zealand Syrah takes top spot at international wine competition

A Hawke’s Bay Syrah has come out tops in the Spiegelau International Wine Competition.The Vidal Reserve Series Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2010 took out the Champion Shiraz/Syrah award and the Champion Wine of the Show at tonight’s (Oct.5) awards ceremony at a central Auckland location (October 5, 2012).The judges describe the winning wine as deeply coloured with a nose of ripe, sweet tobacco and a gentle hint of cedar, powerful, yet with a luscious silky texture. The Vidal Reserve Series, which is part of the Villa Maria group, was made by winemaker Hugh Crighton.The wine retails at around $30 a bottle.

Now in its second year, the Spiegelau International Wine Competition attracted more than 1,100 New Zealand and offshore entries including wines from Spain, Portugal, France, South America and Italy.

Overall, 16 trophies were awarded including Champion Wine of the Show and Champion Wine Producer, which was awarded jointly to Mount Riley and Villa Maria – two companies that did exceptionally well.

Villa Maria achieved seven gold medals, six silver and 15 bronze, while Marlborough-based Mount Riley was awarded a medal for every wine it entered, including three gold, three silver and four bronze.

In addition, Mount Riley won the trophy for Champion Pinot Gris.

Chief judge, Mike DeGaris of Sydney was joined by Melbourne author, wine writer and Cuisine Magazine contributor, Ralph Kyte-Powell, Adelaide-based international wine consultant Phil Reedman MW and wine consultant Meg Brodtmann MW, also Melbourne-based.

New Zealand judges included writer Jane Skilton MW, winemaking consultant Olly Masters, Simon Nunns from Coopers Creek and Warren Gibson of Trinity Hill.

Mike DeGaris says each judging panel sampled hundreds of wines over the three days and went through more than 3,000 style-specific Spiegelau glasses in the process.

“We saw a diverse range of wines, many of outstanding quality. The Methode Traditionnelle, Riesling, Chardonnay and Shiraz/Syrah classes were highlights and many of these wines come at a very affordable price point.”

Gold medal and trophy-winning wines are available for tasting as follows:

  • Wellington 20 October Regional Wine & Spirits, Basin Reserve
  • Christchurch 25 October, Vino Fino, Durham Street South
  • Auckland 31 October, Newmarket Liquorland.

The Spiegelau Wine Competition event is owned and organised by Wine Competition Ltd.

Issued for Wine Competition Ltd by Pead PR

Contact: Belinda Abernethy, Pead PR
Ph: 918 5580, Mob: 027 286 3597, email:

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