As some wineoftheweek.com readers will know, for the last few years I have been keeping a tally of gold medal winners in New Zealand shows and with the 2013 Air New Zealand Wine Awards gold medal results announced yesterday and 111 winners in that list, it is timely for me to update my own Gold Medal summary list.
My lists are for ‘wine show season’, which commences when the first wines of the current vintage are entered. This year it was the Spiegelau International Wine Competition judged in June 2013, and which awarded 54 golds to New Zealand wines out of 69 gold medal winners overall, that marked the new season.
The Bragato Wine Awards, judged August 2013, awarded 51 golds, the New World Wine Awards, judged August 2013, awarded 42 NZ golds from 53 overall, and the New Zealand International Wine Show, judged September 2013, awarded 121 NZ golds from 201 overall, followed.
At the end of September, after four shows, there were 241 wines in the list but with three more shows between then and yesterday’s Air New Zealand announcement, the tally of gold medal winners for this season has increased to 389 wines.
Three shows were judged in October with the International Aromatic Wine Competition awarding 43 golds and both the regional Hawkes Bay Wine Awards and the regional Marlborough Wine Show each awarding 34 golds.
The Air New Zealand Wine Awards, with 111 gold medal winners this year, realised 70 virgin golds with the remaining 41 having already won a gold medal earlier this season or previously.
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012 is the most awarded new season release with five golds from five showings.
Wines to win four golds already this season include:
The Fuder Single Vineyard Selection: Clayvin Chardonnay 2011 from Giesen Wines
A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc by Marisco Wines in their Kings Series
Peter Yealands Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013, doing a repeat performance of the 2012 release of this wine.
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010 plus one previously, bringing its tally to five.
There are several wines now with three golds this season, of special note is Akarua Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011 taking its gold medal tally to 6, as do some of the Esk Valley, Saint Clair and Villa Maria wines.
The most prolific gold medal winner is Nautilus Marlborough Cuvee NV with 9 golds in previous years since I having been compiling these lists, bringing its tally up to 11, while also in the sparkling category the Lindauer bubbles are mega-multiple winners.
People talk about lucky golds, but when you see the repeat winners, there really must be something special about those wines.