2017 Wine Show Results

OCTOBER

Six Nations Wine Challenge

Double Gold and Gold medals awarded to the following GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines, with Villa Maria Single Vineyard Braided Gravels Organic Merlot 2013 awarded a Trophy and Class Winner:

Merlot & Carmanere Class

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Braided Gravels Organic Merlot 2013 TROPHY & Class Winner

Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Merlot 2015 Double Gold

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17, Plateau Block Merlot 2014 Gold

Mission Jewelstone Merlot 2013 Gold

Shiraz/Syrah Class

Craggy Range Le Sol Syrah 2015 Double Gold

Sacred Hill Deerstalkers Syrah 2014 Double Gold

Vidal Legacy Series Syrah 2014 Gold

Cabernet Sauvignon Class

Vidal Legacy Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Gold

Villa Maria Library Release Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Gold

Other Reds Class

Villa Maria Reserve Malbec 2013 Gold

Bordeaux Blends

Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2014 Double Gold

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014 Double Gold

Sacred Hill Helmsman Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc 2014 Gold

Red Blends

Sacred Hill Brokenstone Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Malbec 2014 Gold

SEPTEMBER

New Zealand International Wine Show

A great result, with a Trophy and six Gold medals awarded to the following GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines:

CABERNET SAUVIGNON & CABERNET PREDOMINANT BLENDS

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Cabernet Merlot 2015

MERLOT & MERLOT PREDOMINANT BLENDS

Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec Cabernet Franc 2015

Mission Jewelstone Antoine 2015

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Merlot 2015

Te Awa Single Estate Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

MALBEC,CABERNET FRANC OR PETIT VERDOT  PREDOMINANT

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Malbec 2013 (TROPHY for Champion NZ Bordeaux Red Wine)

AUGUST

China Wine & Spirits Awards 2017

We were thrilled to learn of Mills Reef Winery’s success, with Gold medals awarded to their 2013 Elspeth Trust Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and 2013 Elspeth Syrah.

Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2017

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

2015 Saint Clair James Sinclair Cabernet Merlot took home the Tom McDonald Memorial Trophy for Champion Classical Red Wine (Neal and Judy Ibbotson growers), while a Gold medal was awarded to:

Syrah

Te Awa Single Estate Hawkes Bay Syrah 2013 – Richard Painter grower

JULY

San Francisco International Wine Competition 2017

GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines came home with an impressive haul, collecting 2 Double Gold medals and a Gold medal.

Squawking Magpie 2013 SQM Cabernet was awarded a Double Gold medal, as was Trinity Hill 2014 Syrah, while Mills Reef 2013 Elspeth Syrah took home a Gold medal.

MAY

International Wine Challenge 2017

GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines came home with an impressive haul, collecting 7 Gold medals and a Trophy.

Pask Declaration Chardonnay 2014 was a Gold medal and Trophy winner, with Gold medals also awarded to:

Vidal Reserve Syrah 2015
Pask Declaration Syrah 2014
Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Merlot Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Squawking Magpie Stoned Crow Syrah 2014
Vidal Legacy Syrah 2014
Saint Clair Hawkes Bay Premium Viognier 2015

MARCH

Royal Easter Show Wine Awards

GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines swept the floor in the fuller bodied reds classes taking home two trophies and nine gold medals:

Cabernet Sauvignon Class
Saint Clair James Sinclair Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Merlot 2015
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Cabernet Merlot 2015
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013 – TROPHY

Merlot Class
Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2013
Te Awa Single Estate Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Merlot 2013

Syrah Class
Mills Reef Reserve Syrah 2015
Te Awa Single Estate Hawkes Bay Syrah 2014

Other Red Varietals
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Malbec 2013 – TROPHY

FEBRUARY

Sydney International Wine Competition

Two GIMBLETT GRAVELS Syrahs were awarded Blue Golds and ‘Top 100 wine’ status at the 2017 Sydney International Wine Competition.

The results are no mean feat, given over 2000 wines are entered. Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Syrah 2014 and Trinity Hill Syrah 2015 were the winning wines.

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