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National Wine Awards of Aotearoa results announced

Isabel Estate winemakers (source: Facebook)

New Zealand’s newest national wine show, the National Wine Awards of Aotearoa, held their Awards of Excellence at Auckland’s Hilton Hotel on November 5.

The new wine awards recognise, identify and celebrate excellence in New Zealand Wine and takes the place of three of New Zealand’s most prestigious wine shows – the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Romeo Bragato Wine Awards and Royal Easter Wine Awards.

More than 800 entries were judged over three days at the Kumeu Showgrounds in late September by a team led by Jane Cooper, with Olly Masters as Deputy Chair and Meg Brodtmann MW as international guest judge.

The Trophy for Champion Wine of the Show was awarded to the Isabel Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2020 (right) and Winemaker of the Show was given to Isabel Estate’s Jeremy McKenzie.

The full list of trophy winners is as follows…

Champion Sparkling
Lindauer Vintage Series Brut Cuvée 2017

Champion Pinot Gris
Duck Hunter Marlborough Pinot Gris 2022

Champion Riesling
Mud House Single Vineyard The Mound Riesling 2021

Champion Sauvignon Blanc
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2022

Champion Rosé
Squawking Magpie First Flight Startled Pink 2022

Champion Other White Varieties
Askerne Viognier 2021

Champion Pinot Noir
Providore Pinot Noir 2019

Champion Export Wine
Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2022

Best Presented Screwcap Wine Bottle
Te Kano Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Champion Chardonnay
Isabel Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2020

Champion Merlot & Blends
Mud House Hawke’s Bay Merlot 2021

Trophy for Champion Syrah
Giesen Single Vineyard Clayvin Syrah 2021

Champion Cabernet & Blends
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2020

Champion Gewürztraminer
Askerne Reserve Gewürztraminer 2021

Champion Other Red Varieties
Leftfield Hawkes Bay Malbec 2020

Champion Sweet Wine
Villa Maria Reserve Noble Riesling 2021

Heritage Rose Bowl
Mount Maude Reserve East Block Riesling 2012 / 2016 / 2021

Trophy for Champion Wine of the Show
Isabel Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2020

Winemaker of the Show
Jeremy McKenzie

For more information, including medal winners, click here.

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