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Marlborough wine industry celebrates excellence

12 November 2012, for immediate publication

‘Marlborough wine industry celebrates excellence’

Winemaker, Marcus Wright, John Bates of O-I and Barbara Lawson, owner of Lawson’s Dry Hills

Fifteen trophies were announced at the second annual Marlborough Wine Show awards dinner held in Blenheim on Saturday night, with the O-I Champion Wine of the Show awarded to Lawson’s Dry Hills for their Pinot Noir 2010.

A hundred and fifty guests were treated to all 39 gold medal-winning wines during the evening while witnessing the trophy announcements and presentations. Four Sauvignon Blanc trophies were awarded, reinforcing the show’s objective of focussing on sub regions, vintage and wine style.

Lawson’s Dry Hills also won the trophy for Champion Gewurztraminer, making the Marlborough Wine Show a highly successful event for this family-owned producer. Commenting on their success, Barbara Lawson said “We have always achieved accolades and awards for our aromatic wines but winning a trophy for our Pinot Noir followed by Champion Wine of the Show was magnificent recognition of the effort in producing this wonderful wine.

Saint Clair Family Estate took home two trophies – one for Chardonnay and one for a 2012 Sauvignon Blanc in addition to two gold medals in the Pinot Noir classes. Villa Maria also excelled with four gold medals and the trophy for Champion Pinot Noir 2009 and older.

The full trophy results are as follows:

Winemakers’ Association of Marlborough Champion Sparkling Wine
Nautilus Cuvee Marlborough Brut

Wineworks Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Wineworks Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2011
The King’s Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Wineworks Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2010 and older
Mount Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Wineworks Champion Sauvignon Blanc ‘Emerging styles’
Waterfalls Road ‘Technical Drop’ Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Ormond Nurseries Champion Chardonnay 2012-2011
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 10 Twin Hills Chardonnay 2011

Fruitfed Supplies Champion Pinot Gris
Kim Crawford Regional Reserves Pinot Gris 2012

Regal Salmon Champion Riesling 2012-2011
Two Rivers Juliet Riesling 2012

Regal Salmon Champion Riesling 2010 and older
Coopers Creek Marlborough Riesling 2010

TNL Freighting Champion Gewurztraminer
Lawson’s Dry Hills Gewurztraminer 2010

Macvine International Champion Sweet Wine
Brancott Estate Letter Series Late Harvest ‘B’ Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Bayleys Real Estate Champion Pinot Noir 2012-2011
Babich Winemakers’ Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

Bayleys Real Estate Champion Pinot Noir 2010
Lawson’s Dry Hills Pinot Noir 2010

Bayleys Real Estate Champion Pinot Noir 2009 and older
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Pinot Noir 2009

O-I Champion Wine of the Show
Lawson’s Dry Hills Pinot Noir 2010


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