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Every wine a winner for Clearview Estate

Every wine a winner for Clearview Estate at Air NZ Wine Awards

Every wine submitted by Clearview Estate Winery into this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards has taken out a medal! Another first for this Hawke’s Bay boutique winery.

“To have every wine entered into any competition gain an award is historic,” says Tim Turvey, co-owner and co-founder of the winery and vineyards located on the Cape Kidnapper coast of Hawke’s Bay. “And that this is widely considered to be the country’s most prestigious wine competition makes it even more thrilling.”

Clearview’s most acclaimed wine, its flagship Reserve Chardonnay led the way with a gold award, while the Vineyard Selection Chardonnay 2013, Black Reef Blush 2014, and Two Pinnacles (Malbec Cabernet Franc) 2013 were awarded silver. The Beachhead Chardonnay 2013 and Reserve Sauvignon Gris 2013 all gained bronze awards.

“Our Clearview Estate Reserve Chardonnay has been produced in every vintage since its first release in 1991,” says fellow founder Helma van den Berg. Business partners, Tim and Helma, were responsible for grafting and planting the original vines that still provide fruit for this wine.

Clearview’s Reserve Chardonnay is regarded as the epitome of New World flavour with a five star rating from New Zealand’s leading wine critic and writer, Michael Cooper. It has won at least one gold medal or five star rating, or both, every year and this win is the third for the 2013 vintage, taking the overall tally to 60.

“Without a doubt, 2013 was a fantastic vintage for Hawke’s Bay and these awards are further proof that the stellar 2013 Hawke’s Bay vintage is a truly memorable one,” says Charles Gear, Clearview Estate general manager sales and marketing.

This year's Air New Zealand Wine Awards saw 1,552 wines entered into 16 different classes. In addition to the 112 gold medals, 226 silver medals and 411 bronze medals were also handed out, bringing the total number of medals awarded to 749.

The 112 gold medals awarded is the highest tally since the national wine competition began in 1974. Chardonnay from the 2013 vintage was strongly featured, yielding 13 of the 17 gold medals in that varietal class.

This year’s entries were judged by an independent panel of 26 expert wine judges, including two international judges: David Brookes, a freelance wine journalist who contributes to Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE, Wine Companion and Wine & Spirits magazines; and Sebastian Braun, wine buyer for Swedish retail monopoly, Systembolaget.

The Elite Gold Medal and Trophy winners will be announced at a black tie dinner in Hawke’s Bay on 22 November.


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