2016 Wine Show Results

NOVEMBER

Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Trophy Champion Merlot Cabernet and Blends
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014

Trophy Champion Syrah
Mission Reserve Syrah Hawke’s Bay 2015

Elite Gold Medal Syrah
Te Awa Single Estate Syrah Hawke’s Bay 2014

Elite Gold Medal Syrah
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah Hawke’s Bay 2013

Elite Gold Medal Merlot blend
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Merlot Hawke’s Bay 2015

 

OCTOBER

Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards

Trophy Red Blends Cabernet Sauvignon Dominant
Beach House Cabernet Malbec 2014

Trophy Red Blends – Merlot Dominant
Pask Small Batch Trilliant 2014

Trophy Other Premium Red Varietals and Blends
Beach House Cabernet Franc 2014

Trophy Outstanding Wine of Provenance
Newton Forrest Cornerstone

Best in Class Viognier
Saint Clair Hawke’s Bay Premium Viognier 2015

Gold medal Merlot
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Braided Gravels Organic Merlot 2013

Gold medal other premium red varietals and blends
Beach House Cabernet Franc 2014

Gold medal red blends – Cabernet Sauvignon dominat
Beach House Cabernet Malbec 2014
Sacred Hill Helmsman 2014
Vidal Legacy Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvingon 2014

Gold medal red blends – Merlot dominat
Pask Small Batch Trilliant 2014
Squawking Magpie The Nest Merlot 2014

Gold medal Syrah

Vidal Legacy Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2014
Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2014
Mills Reef Reserve Syrah 2015
Saint Clair Premium Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2014

 

Six Nations Wine Challenge

Double Gold and Gold medals awarded to the following GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines:

Merlot & Carmenere Class

Villa Maria Braided Gravels Organic Merlot 2013
Mills Reef Elspeth Merlot 2013
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2013

Syrah Class

Vidal Legacy Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2014

Bordeaux Blends Class

Sacred Hill Helmsman 2013
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014
Craggy Range Sophia 2014

SEPTEMBER

New Zealand International Wine Show

An incredible result, with three Trophies and nine Gold medals awarded to the following GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines:

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Beach House Cabernet Malbec 2014

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Cabernet Merlot 2014

MERLOT

Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec Cabernet Franc 2014

Te Awa Single Estate Gimblett Gravels Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Braided Gravels Organic Merlot 2013 (TROPHY Merlot & Predominant Blends and TROPHY Bordeaux Red)

MALBEC,CABERNET FRANC OR PETIT VERDOT

Villa Maria Gimblett Gravels Malbec 2013

SYRAH

Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2014

Mission Estate Reserve Syrah 2015

Villa Maria Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2014 (TROPHY)

AUGUST

Bragato Wine Awards 2016

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

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014 took home two Trophies – the Richard Smart Trophy and Champion Domaine Wine award as well as the Tom McDonald Memorial Trophy Winner and Champion Classical Red Wine title, while Gold medals were awarded to the following wines:-

Merlot/predominantly Merlot blends

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2014

Cabernet Sauvignon/predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon blends

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014

MAY

International Wine Challenge 2016

The mighty 2013 ‘vintage of a lifetime’ GIMBLETT GRAVELS reds have triumphed yet again on the international stage, with 2 TROPHIES and 4 GOLDS awarded, along with 2 GOLDS for 2014 vintage reds. The winning 2013 wines were Mills Reef Elspeth Trust Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Mills Reef Elspeth Cabernet Merlot (Trophy) and Mills Reef Elspeth Merlot, along with a Trophy for Squawking Magpie’s The Nest Merlot. Mission Estate’s Reserve Syrah 2014 and Craggy Range’s Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2014 both collected Golds.

MARCH

Royal Easter Show Wine Awards

GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines dominated the Syrah and fuller bodied reds classes winning four trophies, as well as one for Verdelho and a whopping 10 gold medals!

Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Verdelho 2015 – Champion Wine of Other Varieties 

Newton Forrest Cornerstone 2013, 2006, 2002 – Heritage Rosebowl Trophy

Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Predominant Blends Class
Babich The Patriarch 2013 – Champion Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Predominant Trophy
Coopers Creek Reserve Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013

Merlot and Merlot Predominant Blends Class
Te Awa Singe Estate GIMBLETT GRAVELS Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – Champion Champion Merlot & Merlot Predominant Trophy
Mills Reef Reserve Merlot 2014
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Braided Gravels Hawkes Bay Merlot 2013

Syrah Class
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2013 – Champion Syarh
Mission Estate Reserve Syrah 2014
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Syrah 2014