Trophies dominated by Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir at Marlborough Wine Show


Trophies from the recent judging of the Marlborough Wine Show were announced to 150 people at a celebration dinner held in Blenheim on Saturday night. A total of 16 trophies were presented together with the Marlborough Museum Legacy Award.

The results were dominated by 2014 Sauvignon Blanc and 2012 Pinot Noir, the two classes that judges declared were the highlight of the competition.

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The Marlborough Museum Legacy Award was presented to Coopers Creek for their Marlborough Riesling 2005, 2009 and 2013. Presenting the award, CEO of the Marlborough Museum, Steve Austin expressed the importance of the wine industry not only in Marlborough’s history but also in its future. Receiving the award, Coopers Creek Chief Winemaker Simon Nunns said, “The team are honoured to receive such an award and it clearly demonstrates how wonderful Riesling, and Marlborough Riesling, can be as an aged wine’. He continued, “It’s wonderful to be involved with something in the here and now and even more wonderful to be involved with something that will still be relevant for many years to come.”

The trophies were dominated by Giesen, Pernod-Ricard and Lawson’s Dry Hills, but predominantly by Villa Maria who took home trophies for Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and two for Pinot Noir. In addition, the company was also awarded the O-I Champion Wine of the Show for the Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012.

The Marlborough Wine Show was established in 2011 to showcase the sub-regions and style diversity of wines from the province. It is owned and managed by Wine Competition Ltd, an independent company set up for the purpose of running wine competitions and associated events.

A complete list of awards follows:

Winemakers’ Association of Marlborough Trophy for Champion Sparkling Wine
Deutz Marlborough Cuvée

WineWorks Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Stoneleigh Latitude Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014

WineWorks Trophy for Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Triplebank Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

WineWorks Trophy for Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2012 or older
The Fuder Single Vineyard Selection: Matthews Lane Sauvignon Blanc 2012

WineWorks Trophy for Champion Sauvignon Blanc Emerging Style
The Fuder Single Vineyard Selection: Matthews Lane Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Ormond Nurseries Ltd Champion Chardonnay 2012 or older
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay 2010

TNL Freighting Trophy for Champion Pinot Gris
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014

Mantissa Corporation Trophy for Champion Riesling 2014
The Doctors’ Riesling 2014

Mantissa Corporation Trophy for Champion Riesling 2012 and Older
Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Dry Riesling 2011

Wine Competition Ltd Trophy for Champion Gewurztraminer
Lawson’s Dry Hills Gewurztraminer 2013

The Honey Company Limited Trophy for Champion Sweet Wine
Giesen The Brothers Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Wine Competition Ltd Champion Rosé
Awatere River by Louis Vavasour Single Vineyard Rosé

Classic Oak Products Trophy for Champion Pinot Noir 2013
Lawson’s Dry Hills Reserve Pinot Noir 2013

Classic Oak Products Trophy for Champion Pinot Noir 2012
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Classic Oak Products Trophy for Champion Pinot Noir 2011 and older
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011

O-I New Zealand Trophy for Champion Wine of the Show
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Winner of the 2014 Marlborough Museum Legacy Award
Coopers Creek Riesling 2005

For more information, please visit www.marlboroughwineshow.co.nz or contact Competition Director, Belinda Jackson belinda@belindajackson.com or 027 444 8 666