2014 Wine Show Results

November

Air NZ Wine Awards

Esk Valley’s GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2013 was awarded a Pure Gold medal along with the Trophy for Champion Merlot, Cabernet and Blends.

October

Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards

Champion Export Wine of the Show
Mills Reef Reserve Hawke’s Bay Merlot Malbec 2013

Gold Medal Winners Red Blends
Beach House Cabernet Malbec 2013
Pask Gimblett Road Small Batch Cab Sauv 2013
Mills Reed Reserve Hawkes Bay Merlot Malbec 2013

Syrah
Te Awa Left Fielf Hawkes Bay Syrah 2013
Vidal Legacy Series GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Syrah 2011
Villa Maria Cellar Selection GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2012

Gold Medal Winner Museum Class
Squawking Magpie Stoned Crow Syrah 2009

New Zealand International Wine Show

1 trophy and 7 gold medals being awarded to the following GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines:

Cabernet Sauvignon Class  
Saint Clair Hawkes Bay Premium Cabernet Merlot Malbec 2013
Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010

Merlot Class
Mission Reserve Merlot 2013
Squawking Magpie The Nest Merlot 2013 – TROPHY

Malbec Class
Saint Clair Hawkes Bay Premium Malbec 2013

Shiraz Class
Vidal Legacy Ginblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Syrah 2011
Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Syrah 2012

Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2014

Vidal Legacy Series Syrah 2010 took home the Regional Trophy for best red wine.

August

Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2014

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
Mills Reef Reserve Merlot Malbec 2013
Mere Road, Trust Vineyard – Hawke’s Bay
Paul McEvoy

Gold medals were also awarded to the following wines:

Merlot/predominantly Merlot blends   
Mills Reef Reserve Merlot Malbec 2013 – Paul McEvoy

Syrah 2013
Mills Reef Reserve Syrah 2013 – Paul McEvoy
Babich Winemakers Reserve Syrah 2013 – Tony Purdie

Syrah 2012
Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Syrah 2012 – Phil Holden

China ‘Wine 100 Challenge’

The Trinity Hill GIMBLETT GRAVELS red blend ‘The Gimblett’ 2010 scooped the coveted trophy for Best NZ Red Wine and was also awarded a gold medal.

JUNE

Decanter World Wine Awards 2014

The Crossroads Winemakers Collection Syrah 2010 took home a gold medal and the Regional Trophy for the top New Zealand Red Rhone Varietal over £15.

MAY

International Wine Challenge 2014

Two GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines have taken top honours at the International Wine Challenge in London, demonstrating the remarkable quality of both red and white varieties from the District.

Following on from their Gold Medal wins, Crossroads Winemakers Collection Syrah 2012 was awarded “Best New Zealand Red Wine” and “Best New Zealand Syrah”, while Pask Declaration Chardonnay 2012 received trophies for the top Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay, the top New Zealand Chardonnay, the top New Zealand White Wine over all categories, as well as the Sustainable Trophy.

MARCH

Royal Easter Show Wine Awards

Once again GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines impressed in the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, winning 2 trophies in the fuller bodied red classes.

Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Predominant Class
Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2012 – Trophy

Merlot  & Merlot Predominant Class
Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – Trophy

Sydney International Wine Competition

Trinity Hill’s 2012 GIMBLETT GRAVELS Chardonnay was awarded Champion Wine of Show at the Sydney International Wine Competition. The wines are judged on how well they are matched with food making this a very unique competition.

As well as “Best overall wine of competition” the Chardonnay was also awarded trophies for:
Best medium bodied dry white table wine
Best white wine of competition