Waimea Wines Awarded in Sydney
Waimea’s Chardonnay 2008 and Bolitho SV Pinot Noir 2007 have just been awarded Blue-Gold Medals at the prestigious Sydney International Wine Competition. The Waimea Dry Riesling 2006 was not only also awarded a Blue-Gold Medal, but additionally included in the Top 100 Wines of the Show.
The Sydney International Wine Competition is unique amongst international wine shows in that the wines are first of all judged on wine quality before being submitted to judging alongside food. Only those wines that score high enough to be awarded a Gold Medal in each judging qualify for the unique Blue-Gold (or double Gold) Medal. The 100 wines which score the highest aggregate points in both judgings are then included in the Top 100 Wines of the Show. Trophy winners from the Sydney International Wine Competition will be announced in February.
Winemaker Mike Brown is delighted with these results. “Over the last 18 months Waimea has gathered 31 golds and 5 trophies across 6 wine styles – most of these in 2009 alone. It was also a great thrill to win gold for Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2009, the same Chardonnay as above plus the Waimea 2008 Gewurztraminer at the recent Air NZ National Wine Awards. It shows the strength and consistency of the Nelson region to produce award-winning wines across the varietal range and I’m especially proud of the Waimea winery and vineyard team.”