2013 Wine Show Results

November

Air NZ Wine Awards

2 trophies and 9 Gold/Pure Gold medals awarded as follows:

Merlot, Cabernet and Blends
Crossroads Winemakers Collection Cabernet Merlot 2011
Esk Valley GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2012
Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Trinity Hill The Gimblett 2012
Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010 – TROPHY&
Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2010

Syrah
Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Hawkes Bay Syrah 2010 – TROPHY
Newton Forrest Syrah 2011

Other varieties single
Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawke’s Bay Malbec 2009

October

Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards

Reserve Champion Wine of Show
Vidal Legacy Series GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2010

Champion Red Blends
Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2010

Champion Syrah
Vidal Legacy Series GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2010

Other Premium Red Varietals (Best in Class)
Villa Maria GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawke’s Bay Malbec

New Zealand International Wine Show

3 trophies and 6 gold medals being awarded to the following GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines:

Merlot Class  
Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Merlot 2010

Syrah/Shiraz Class
Villa Maria Cellar Selection GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Syrah 2010 – TROPHY

Cabernet Sauvignon ClassVilla Maria Library Release Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009
Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010 – 2 TROPHIES

September

Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2013

These awards are unique in the Wine Show calendar in that they recognise the growers as well as the wines.

TOM McDONALD MEMORIAL TROPHY AND CHAMPION CLASSICAL RED WINE
Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010
Vidal Vineyard – Hawke’s Bay
Phil Holden

ALAN LIMMER TROPHY AND CHAMPION SYRAH
Vidal Legacy Series GIMBLETT GRAVELS Syrah 2009
Omahu Gravels Vineyard – Hawke’s Bay
Phil Holden

Gold medals were also awarded to the following wines:

Cabernet Sauvignon/predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon blends  &
Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010 – Phil Holden

Merlot/predominantly Merlot blends   
Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 – Phil Holden

Other Red Wines  
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay GIMBLETT GRAVELS Grenache 2010 – Phil Holden

Syrah   
Vidal Legacy Series GIMBLETT GRAVELS Syrah 2009 – Phil Holden

March

Royal Easter Show Wine Awards

The 2013 wine show season is underway and GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines continue to impress, winning 3 trophies and  8 gold medals in the fuller bodied red classes.

Cabernet Sauvignon Class
Vidal Legacy Series GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009  – Trophy

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Blends Class
Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay GIMBLETT GRAVELS Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Merlot Class
Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Merlot 2009
Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Merlot 2010 – Trophy

Syrah Class
Vidal Legacy Series GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Syrah 2009 – Trophy
Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Syrah 2010

Sydney International Wine Competition

Two GIMBLETT GRAVELS Syrahs from 2010 and 2011 vintages were awarded Blue Golds and ‘Top 100 wine’ status at the 2013 Sydney International Wine Competition.

The results are no mean feat, given over 2000 wines are entered. Trinity Hill followed up its trophy success last year for the 2010 vintage with their 2011 GIMBLETT GRAVELS Syrah release. Continuing its golden run, Crossroads Winemakers Collection Syrah 2010 was the other winner.

China Wine & Spirits Awards

Babich The Patriarch 2010 has won a Double Gold Medal at the 2013 China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards.

The China Wine & Spirits Awards is the largest and most prestigious wine and spirits competition in Hong Kong and China and are the only awards in the world judged specifically for the China market. The entire focus is on consumer preferences and demand and the judges are all major purchasing decision makers in the growing Chinese market. They are key Chinese wine importers, distributors, wholesalers, restaurant group owners and sommeliers based in China.

These medals, along with awards for other Babich wines, helped Babich clinch the ‘New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year 2013′ trophy.