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‘Chardonnay awarded Champion Wine of the Show’

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‘Chardonnay awarded Champion Wine of the Show’

Amidst an evening of success and celebration, a Chardonnay was announced ‘Champion Wine of the Show’ during the 2013 Spiegelau International Wine Competition awards dinner held in Auckland last night.

Matua took top honours with their Single Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay 2012, a wine clearly following in the footsteps of the multi award-winning 2011 vintage.

In addition, three New Zealand producers shared the coveted title ‘Champion Producer’. Johanneshof Cellars, a small Marlborough producer who entered just five wines but received two trophies, Saint Clair Family Estate who excelled with six gold medals across six different wine styles and Villa Maria Estate with the trophy Viognier and five gold medals also awarded across a range of styles.

Competition Director, Belinda Jackson explained, “It was far too hard to decide which company had performed the best in this show when all three excelled. Rather than eliminate any of them, we wanted to celebrate each one’s tremendous achievements”.

The class trophies were split between New Zealand winning nine, Australia winning four and France and Portugal winning one apiece. Of the New Zealand winners, Marlborough was awarded six trophies, Hawke’s Bay two and Nelson one.

The complete list of trophy winners is as follows:

Wine Competition Ltd Trophy for Champion Other White
Tyrrell’s Wines Vat 1 Hunter Semillon 2006
Gow Langsford Gallery Trophy for Champion Sparkling Wine
Piper Heidsieck Brut
Antipodes Water Company Trophy for Champion Riesling
Woollaston Riesling 2012
Trophy for Champion Riesling
Johanneshof Cellars Gewürztraminer 2012
Trophy for Champion Viognier
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Omahu Gravels Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Viognier 2010
Liquorland Trophy for Champion Pinot Gris
Johanneshof Cellars Pinot Gris 2012
Trophy for Champion Sweet Wine
Forrest Botrytised Riesling 2012
Macvine International Trophy for Champion Chardonnay
Matua Single Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay 2012
Caffe l’Affare Trophy for Champion Sauvignon Blanc
Stanley Estates Stanrock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Wine Competition Ltd Trophy for Champion Other Red
Buller Beverford Durif 2010
Trophy for Champion Merlot
Crossroads Milestone Series Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2012
Singapore Airlines Trophy for Champion Pinot Noir
Giesen The Brothers Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011
Scenic Hotels Trophy for Champion Shiraz/Syrah
Serafino Sharktooth McLaren Vale Shiraz 2009
Silver Fern Farms Trophy for Champion Cabernet or Cabernet Blend
Shot in the Dark Cabernet Shiraz 2012
Trophy for Champion Fortified Wine
Quinta do Retiro Novo Vintage 2009
Spiegelau Trophy for Champion Wine of the Show
Matua Single Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay 2012
Spiegelau Trophy for Champion Producer of the Show jointly awarded to:
Johanneshof Cellars, Saint Clair Family Estate and Villa Maria Estate

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