Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Nautilus Cuvee Brut NV

When we think New Zealand wines, what often comes to mind is Sauvignon Blanc and Pinto Noir, yet the top award last night at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Champion Wine of Show, went to Nautilus Cuvee Brut NV. It’s not often I get the chance to get all frocked up for a black tie dinner. And this time I was frocked up in Queenstown mixing it with some of New Zealand’s top wine makers and chowing down on the incredible dinner designed by Peter Gordon. I could wax lyrical about the Sweet Miso Glazed Akaroa Salmon, Eggplant Sultana Puree, Baby Rocket and Chilli Dressing, and other courses, but it’s the wines you want to know about, right?

Organised and owned by New Zealand Winegrowers, the Air New Zealand Wine Awards competition is well known for its rigorous judging process. It is considered the country’s most prestigious wine competition and is regarded as the official competition of the New Zealand wine industry.

The awards were presented throughout the evening, and each time Villa Maria winemaker Nick Picone strode onto the stage his smile got a little wider (well maybe a lot) until he brought the team up for their final accolade of the night: O-I Reserve Wine of Show for the Villa Maria Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2012.

Villa Maria winemaker Nick Picone

Air New Zealand Wine Awards

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013 Trophy Winners

Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show

Nautilus Cuvée Brut NV

O-I New Zealand Reserve Wine of the Show

Villa Maria Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2012

Label and Litho Limited Champion Sauvignon Blanc

Boundary Vineyards Rapaura Road Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Rabobank New Zealand Limited Champion Chardonnay

Villa Maria Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2012

Guala Closures NZ Champion Pinot Gris

Lake Chalice Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013

Plant & Food Research Champion Riesling

Highfield Riesling 2012

ICIB Gold Medal Insurance Champion Gewürztraminer

Not Awarded

BDO Champion Other White Styles and Rosé

Coopers Creek SV Gisborne Albariño ‘Bell-Ringer’ 2013

Wineworks Champion Sparkling Wine

Nautilus Cuvée Brut NV

Stuff.co.nz Champion Dessert Wine

Riverby Estate Noble Riesling 2012

JF Hillebrand New Zealand Ltd Champion Pinot Noir

Greystone Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Fruitfed Supplies Limited Champion Syrah

Elephant Hill Syrah 2012

Coast FM Champion Merlot, Cabernet and Blends

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010

Fairfax Media Champion Other Red Styles

Not Awarded

New World Champion Open White Wine

Lake Chalice Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013

Liquorland Champion Open Red Wine

Church Road McDonald Series Merlot 2011

Waitoa Free Range Chicken Champion Exhibition White or Sparkling Wine

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2012

Business World Travel Champion Exhibition Red Wine

Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2010

About Pure Medals (sustainability)
Every wine entered into the Air New Zealand Wine Awards from vintage 2010 onwards has to be 100 per cent sustainably grown and produced in order to enter the competition. Pure Medals are awarded to wines that are 100 per cent sustainable and that have achieved medal status. Therefore, a wine that attains a Gold Medal score and is sustainably accredited is awarded a Pure Gold Medal rather than a ‘Gold Medal’. In 2013, 634 Pure Medals were handed out.

Pure Elite Gold Medals

Sparkling

Kim Crawford Small Parcels Méthode 2009

Gewürztraminer

Mount Riley Gewürztraminer 2013

Pinot Gris

Lake Chalice Marlborough Pinot Gris 2013

Mud House South Island Pinot Gris 2012

Two Tracks Pinot Gris 2012

Riesling

Giesen Riesling 2013

Highfield Riesling 2012

Hunter’s Marlborough Riesling 2013

Terrace Edge Liquid Geography Riesling 2012

Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Dry Riesling 2010

Sauvignon Blanc

Boundary Vineyards Rapaura Road Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Corbans Homestead Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Rossendale Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 2 Swamp Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Stoneleigh Rapaura Series Sauvignon Blanc 2013

te Pā Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Chardonnay

Coopers Creek SV Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay ‘The Limeworks’ 2012

Mount Riley 17 Valley Chardonnay 2011

Nautilus Estate Chardonnay 2012

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 11 Cell Block Chardonnay 2012

Te Awa Chardonnay 2010

Villa Maria Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2011

Villa Maria Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2012

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2012

Viognier

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Omahu Gravels Viognier 2010

Dessert Wine Styles

Allan Scott Family Winemakers Late Harvest Riesling 2013

Riverby Estate Noble Riesling 2012

Seifried Winemakers Collection Sweet Agnes Riesling 2012

Wairau River Reserve Botrytised Riesling 2012

Rosé

Kate Radburnd Berry Blush Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2013

Pinot Noir

Archangel Pinot Noir 2012

Domain Road Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011

Grasshopper Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

Greylands Ridge Pinot Noir 2012

Greystone Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2012

Mount Michael Bessie’s Block Pinot Noir 2012

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Pinot Noir 2012

Thistle Ridge Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2012

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011

Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2012

Merlot, Cabernet and Blends

Church Road McDonald Series Merlot 2011

Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2012

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2010

Syrah

Elephant Hill Syrah 2012

Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2010

Newton Forrest Syrah 2011

Other Varieties – Single

Coopers Creek SV Gisborne Albariño ‘Bell-Ringer’ 2013

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Malbec 2009

Elite Gold Medals

Sparkling

Nautilus Cuvée Brut NV

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