2017 Wine Show Results

NOVEMBER

Air NZ Wine Awards

2 trophies and 3 Pure Gold medals awarded as follows:

Merlot, Cabernet and Blends
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Merlot Hawke’s Bay 2014 – TROPHY
Babich The Patriarch Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Merlot Hawkes Bay 2013
Newton Forrest Cornerstone Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Hawkes Bay 2013
Vidal Reserve Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet 2013

Syrah
Beach House Syrah Hawkes Bay 2014 – TROPHY

Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition

The GIMBLETT GRAVELS WINE GROWING DISTRICT was endorsed as one of the world’s Syrah hot spots, with 2013 Mills Reef Elspeth Trust Vineyard Syrah collecting the Trophies for Best ‘New World’ Syrah|Shiraz, and Best Syrah|Shiraz (worldwide).

OCTOBER

Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards

Champion Commercial Red Wine
Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS HB Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013

Trophy Merlot
Villa Maria Braided Gravels Organic Merlot 2013

Trophy Red Blends Cabernet Sauvignon Dominant
Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Trophy Other Premium Red Varietals and Blends
Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Malbec 2013

Gold medal Red Blends Cabernet Sauvignon dominant
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Cabernet Merlot 2014

Gold medal Syrah
Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Syrah 2013
Crossroads Talisman Syrah 2013

Six Nations Wine Challenge

Gold medals awarded to the following GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines, with Sacred Hill’s Brokenstone 2013 awarded a Trophy:

Shiraz/Syrah Class

Mission Estate Winery Jewelstone Syrah 2013
Villa Maria Reserve Syrah 2013
Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Syrah 2013
Mills Reef Elspeth Syrah 2013

Bordeaux Blends Class
Craggy Range Sophia 2013
Craggy Range Te Kahu 2013
Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot 2013

Other Reds Class

Sacred Hill Brokenstone 2013 – TROPHY

SEPTEMBER

New Zealand International Wine Show

Gold medals awarded to the following GIMBLETT GRAVELS wines:

CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Newton Forrest Cornerstone 2013

MERLOT

Esk Valley GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2014

Squawking Magpie SQM Merlot/Malbec 2013

Te Awa Single Estate GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Merlot 2013

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Braided Gravels Organic Merlot

SHIRAZ

Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Syrah 2011

AUGUST

Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2015

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

2013 Crossroads Talisman Syrah took home a Trophy, while Gold medals were awarded to the following wines:

Merlot/predominantly Merlot blends

Squawking Magpie The Nest 2013 – Gavin Yortt

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Braided Gravels Organic Merlot 2013 – Jonathan Hamlet

Cabernet Sauvignon/predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon blends

Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013 – Phil Holden

Syrah

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Syrah 2014 – Neal & Judy Ibbotson

Vidal Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Syrah 2013 – Phil Holden

Other Reds

Villa Maria Reserve GIMBLETT GRAVELS Hawkes Bay Malbec 2013 – Phil Holden

MAY

International Wine Challenge 2015

The GIMBLETT GRAVELS WINE GROWING DISTRICT has further cemented its position as one of the world’s top Syrah producers, with its wines winning a Trophy and three Golds at the International Wine Challenge in London.

The Mission Estate 2013 Jewelstone Syrah was awarded a Trophy and gold medal, while the Mission Estate 2013 Reserve Syrah and Pask 2013 Declaration Syrah both took home gold medals at the prestigious show.

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.