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Clearview Estate wins three golds in A&P wine awards

2 October 2014

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Clearview Estate wins three golds in A&P wine awards

Te Awanga's Clearview Estate Winery took out three gold awards in the HB A&P Bayleys Wine Awards 2014 announced this week, and each is special in a unique way.

The wins include the first ever gold medal for Clearview’s barrel fermented 2013 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc as well as two golds in the aged museum category, a tally that was fifty percent of the golds awarded in that class.

Clearview Estate was one of the first wineries to help pioneer barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc in Hawke’s Bay and in the country, and the gold was testament to the winery’s perseverance with the barrel fermented style, says co-owner Helma van den Berg.

"We planted Sauvignon Blanc vines when we bought the property nearly 30 years ago and have nurtured them ever since. It began in the late 1980s with a vision of coastal plantings and the pioneering initial release of a Fume Blanc style."

Fellow co-owner and winemaker, Tim Turvey said he was “proud that after persisting with the barrel fermented style for around 26 years, it’s finally won gold.”

Clearview entered its star performing wine, its Reserve Chardonnay, into the Museum class, where wines must be over four years old, selecting the 2009 vintage to hold up the honours. The other winning entry was the 2009 Enigma, a blend of the winery’s best Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.

"We're pretty excited with the wins," says Mr Turvey. "Looking at the entry list, there was some pretty impressive competition from some great vintages, so to win three golds is gratifying.

"That our 2009 Reserve Chardonnay is still winning gold shows just what a truly special wine it is, so I hope people still have some in their cellars," says Mr Turvey.

The Clearview team is now dusting off their glad rags in anticipation of the awards night on October 22 when the three gold winners are contenders for best in class trophies.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Established by Tim Turvey and Helma van den Berg in 1989, Clearview Estate continues as a family owned and operated business – handcrafted wines are grown, produced and bottled onsite. Renowned for award-winning Chardonnays and full bodied red wines, and the rustic and iconic ‘red shed’ restaurant that pioneered vineyard seaside dining in 1991 by combining a cellar door and lunch restaurant in a leafy vineyard setting.

Situated on the coastline of Hawke's Bay at Te Awanga, the Estate enjoys a unique microclimate, virtually frost-free with a warm, extended growing season and refreshing sea breezes. Clearview Estate focuses on quality; producing wines of great fruit intensity with a strong commitment to sustainability in all aspects of the business.

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