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AT THE NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL WINE SHOW...
With more than 2,050 entries, the New Zealand International Wine Show
is one of the largest wine competitions in New Zealand. A number of
local wineries nabbed stellar awards this year:
Villa Maria added to its 20 gold medal haul, winning five trophies -
including three varietal trophy wins for the Villa Maria Single Vineyard
Braided Gravels Organic Merlot 2013 and the Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett
Gravels Hawkes Bay Syrah 2014; as well as Champion Wine Company
of the Year and Champion Winemaker of the Show for Group Chief
Winemaker, Nick Picone.
Akarua took home the New Zealand Champion Pinot Noir Trophy
for its 2015 Estate Pinot Noir for the third consecutive year. It is the
first trophy for the recently released 2015 vintage of Akarua Pinot Noir.
Akarua’s Estate-grown Bannockburn Pinot Noir has been awarded a
trophy every year since 2009.
The 2016 Vintage Stoneleigh Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc nabbed
Champion Sauvignon Blanc Trophy.
The 2016 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Gris received a Gold
Medal and Champion Pinot Gris Trophy.
For a full list of NZIWS winners, visit www.nziws.co.nz
AT THE 2016 MARLBOROUGH WINE SHOW...
The 2015 Mud House Single Vineyard ‘Woolshed’ Sauvignon Blanc won
Gold at the 2016 Marlborough Wine Show. In its sixth year, the show
highlights the region’s extensive range of wines and had almost 550
entries. The 2015 Mud House Single Vineyard Woolshed Sauvignon
Blanc is due to hit the shelves soon.
AT SYDNEY’S 2016 SIX NATIONS WINE CHALLENGE...
Entry into the Six Nations Wine Challenge is by invitation only, with a
judge from each country selecting their top 100 wines to be entered.
New Zealand wines were selected by Bob Campbell MW to enter this
year’s competition. New Zealand won Top Country of the Challenge by
winning seven out of the 12 classes entered.
Talisman by Crossroads 2013 was awarded the Trophy for “Red
Blends Non Bordeaux”, as well as a Double Gold for Talisman Syrah by
Villa Maria received second in class and Double Gold for the Villa
Maria Single Vineyard Braided Gravels Organic Merlot 2013, as well as
two Double Gold and seven Gold awards for various vintages.
For a full list of winners visit www.sixnationswine.com.au
AT THE IWSC...
Giesen Wines was awarded the Champion Pinot Noir Trophy at the
2016 International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC), in the UK. As
well as the Pinot Noir Trophy, the Giesen Single Vineyard Ridge Block
Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 also won an Outstanding Gold Medal, one
of only two presented.
New Zealand’s largest independent wine bottling and warehousing
provider, WineWorks, has opened its new multimillion-dollar facility
in Onehunga, Auckland.
The new state-of-the art two-hectare plant was more than eight
years in the planning and took almost 12 months to construct.
Managing Director Tim Nowell-Usticke says the Auckland plant
is an evolution of technology compared with their other plants as it
houses the fastest wine-filler in New Zealand, which at full speed can
bottle enough wine to fill two 20-foot export containers every hour.
“We have the latest technology in bottling and in satellite racking
storage. As a group we handle over 120 million bottles every year and
our warehouses hold more than 60 million bottles of wine at any given
time. Our bottling equipment caters for both large runs and also those
wineries wanting to bottle smaller parcels of wine,” he says.
WineWorks’ filling lines have been confirmed by independent audit
as being in the top three of all bottling lines sampled throughout
Australasia. These lines achieve very low levels of dissolved oxygen
pickup, a key criterion for winemakers to judge bottling quality.
In addition to the services initially offered, WineWorks’
services now include wine transportation, laboratory checks and
Local vintages scoop top wine awards
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