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Shiraz stars at NZ International Wine Show

Press Release
6th October 2006

Shiraz stars at New Zealand International Wine Show

A total of 121 gold medals were awarded at the 2006 New Zealand International Wine Show. This was from a record 2150 entries, making it the largest wine competition ever held in New Zealand.

The standout class was Shiraz with a remarkable 26 gold medals awarded but the strength of Australian wines in the category was demonstrated with every one of the Shiraz Gold Medals going to Australian wines.

The Champion Shiraz was St John’s Road Blood and Courage Shiraz 2005 from the Barossa Valley and this outstanding wine was ultimately awarded the Nissan Champion Wine of the Show Trophy.

The most successful categories included Chardonnay with 18 gold medals, Sauvignon Blanc with 14 gold medals and Pinot Noir with 11 gold medals.

The judging team, led by Bob Campbell MW, included four fellow Masters of Wine, numerous leading winemakers and guest overseas judge Kym Milne MW from South Australia. This was the largest and most experienced team of judges ever assembled at a wine competition in New Zealand.

Following the medal judging, the Trophies awarded in the respective wine categories were -

Nissan Champion Wine of the Show
St John’s Road Blood and Courage Barossa Shiraz 2005 Champion Chardonnay
Montana Terroir Series Stuart Block Gisborne Chardonnay 2004
Eurowine Champion Sauvignon Blanc
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 6 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006
bizambrands Champion Viognier
Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Viognier 2006
hoop label Champion Riesling
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Riesling 2006 Champion Gewürztraminer
Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2005
Matua Valley Champion Pinot Gris
Waipara Hills Waipara Pinot Gris 2006
Datacom Champion Sweet Wine
Waimea Bolitho Noble Nelson Riesling 2003
Louis Roederer Champion Sparkling
Pol Roger Brut Chardonnay Vintage 1998
Vintage Wines & Spirits Champion Cabernet Sauvignon
d'Arenberg The Coppermine Road Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Nobilo Wine Group Champion Merlot
Hope Estate Hunter Valley Merlot 2005
Riedel Champion International Red Wine
Frescobaldi Castaglioni Chianti 2004
Negociants NZ Champion Pinot Noir
Delta Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir 2005
First Glass Wine & Spirits Champion Fortified Wine
Morris Old Premium Liqueur Tokay
FEDERAL GEO Champion Commercial White Wine
Richmond Grove Limited Release Watervale Riesling 2004
FEDERAL GEO Champion Commercial Red Wine
Jacob's Creek Reserve Shiraz 2003
Marcrest Designs Champion Winery of the Show
Saint Clair

A full list of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal winners can be found on the website and

The judges have done the hard work. Wine drinkers all over the country can now enjoy the wines they have awarded.


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