Kiwi to success: 39 New Zealand wines awarded Gold medals at the International Wine Challenge
Under embargo until 11am 17.05.17
New Zealand cemented its position as a titan of wine production at the 34th International Wine Challenge 2017, picking up 407 sought-after medals for its wines, including 39 Gold, 182 Silver and 186 Bronze medals. Following two weeks of tasting by some of the world’s top wine judges, New Zealand finished 6th in the medal count – with 12 more Gold medals than closest rival Chile.
- New Zealand red wines took the lion’s share of the Gold medals, with 26 of the Gold medals going to reds. The remaining 13 Gold medals went to white wines, with the majority being awarded to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc entries.
- New Zealand’s winemakers from the north-eastern region of Marlborough put in another excellent performance, with 15 of the Gold medals being produced there.
- Two standout producers from Marlborough were the Yealands Wine Group (YWG) and the Marisco Vineyards (MV), who each picked up a pair of Gold medals. The first medal for YWG was awarded for its Yealands Estate Land Made Pinot Noir 2016, with a second Gold for its Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015. Marisco Vineyards struck Gold with its The King’s Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and The Craft Series The Journey Pinot Noir 1 2014.
- Wine producers in Hawkes Bay, on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island received 11 medals across a range of styles including Syrah, Chardonnay and Viognier. The producer Vidal was awarded two Golds for the 2014 and 2015 vintages of its Vidal Reserve Syrah.
- A further pair of Golds were awarded to Hawkes Bay winery Rod McDonald Wines for its name brand, Rod McDonald Wines Quarter Acre Syrah 2015 and Rod McDonald Wines Trademark Syrah 2013. Another Hawkes Bay favourite, Pask Winery, was awarded two Golds for its Pask Declaration Chardonnay 2014 and its Pask Declaration Syrah 2014.
- The Otago region produced eight Gold medal winning Pinot Noir. Seven of the medals were awarded to producers located in Central Otago including Brennan Wines for its B2 2014 and Tarras Wines for its Kuru Kuru Pinot Noir 2015. One of the Gold medals was awarded to a wine produced for UK supermarket Tesco by Villa Maria, namely Tesco finest* Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015.
- A single Gold medal was awarded to the Ostler Vineyards based in the Waitaki Valley in Northern Otago, for its Ostler Caroline’s Pinot Noir, 2015.
- Auckland based Man O’ War Vineyards secured a pair Gold medals for its Dreadnought Syrah 2013 and its Valhalla Chardonnay 2014.
Peter McCombie MW, Co-Chairman of the IWC commented:
“The 2017 International Wine Challenge has been another triumph for New Zealand’s winemakers, who have excelled themselves with medals awarded to producers up and down the country. In addition to producing outstanding Pinot Noirs and Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnay and Syrah producers have also successfully secured several medals in the competition this year. Kiwi winemakers are getting better and better each year, and I’m sure producers will continue to build on this success in the competition next year.“