The New World Wine Awards top 50 wines under $25 have been announced from more than 1000 entries.
An independent panel of wine experts, led by co-chair Sam Kim tasted and scored the entries over three full days, first awarding the Gold medal winners, then tasting through these wines again and again to determine the 50 best for the list.
“All the judging was blind, meaning we didn’t know the brand or price point of any entry, so consumers can trust that every winning wine really measures up,” he says.
While the Top 50 includes familiar favourites from around New Zealand and the world, there are also new brands to explore, including the Caythorpe Family Estate Chardonnay 2021, which earned Caythorpe winery its first New World Wine Awards Gold medal and Top 50 spot.
The Chardonnay was also awarded the Champion Chardonnay trophy and the ‘White Wine of the Show’ title.
“The family has been farming in Marlborough for generations but has only been operating their own wine brand for the past eight years,” says Kim. “With a very small team running the wine business, one of whom also looks after the family’s cherry orchards when he’s not among the vines, this is truly toast-worthy win.
“It’s a great opportunity for the brand to reach new customers, as well as a wonderful example to show how Marlborough’s breadth and depth extends well beyond its much-loved Sauvignon Blanc,” says Kim.
Other Marlborough-made winners include wines from Black Cottage, Esk Valley, Geisen and Ara, The Coterie’s Massey Dacta, Misty Cove, Mount Riley, SOHO Family Vineyards, Stoneleigh, te Pā and Montford Estate, Triplebank and Vavasour.
The Nelson region took the Champion Sauvignon Blanc title this year with the Anchorage Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2023.
Local Gewürtz-experts Seifried also landed two wines in the Top 50, including a Rosé under the Old Coad Road label.
From the North Island, Hawke’s Bay has six wines in the Top 50, including three trophies, alongside sole Wairarapa-winner Luna Estate with its 2021 Pinot Noir.
Gisborne-grown Verde Brut took the Champion Bubbles prize, alongside New Zealand’s most awarded bubbles, Lindauer, which features two sparkling wines in the Top 50.
From further afield, the top 50 also boasts international flavours from Argentina, Australia, France and Italy including wines like the Trapiche Pure Black Malbec 2021, Chaffey Bros La Resistance GSM 2021, Freixenet Prosecco DOC, and Les Jamelles Clair de Rosé 2022.
|New World Wine Awards 2023 – Top 50 wines|
|Wine name and vintage||Variety||Origin||Champions|
|Anchorage Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2023||Sauvignon Blanc||Nelson||Champion Sauvignon Blanc|
|Ara Single Estate Chardonnay 2022||Chardonnay||Marlborough|
|Beresford Classic Chardonnay 2022||Chardonnay||Australia|
|Black Cottage Marlborough Pinot Gris 2023||Pinot Gris||Marlborough|
|Brancott Estate East Coast Pinot Gris 2023||Pinot Gris||New Zealand||Champion Pinot Gris|
|Caythorpe Family Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2021||Chardonnay||Marlborough||Champion Chardonnay & Champion White Wine of the Show|
|Chaffey Bros La Resistance GSM 2021||Red Blend||Australia|
|Esk Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023||Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough|
|Freixenet Prosecco DOC||Bubbles||Italy|
|Giesen Uncharted Sauvignon Blanc 2022||Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough|
|Grant Burge Miamba Shiraz 2021||Shiraz & Syrah||Australia|
|Headline Acts Rosé 2022||Rosé||Australia|
|Les Jamelles Clair de Rosé 2022||Rosé||France|
|Lindauer Special Reserve Brut Cuvée||Bubbles||New Zealand|
|Lindauer Special Reserve Rosé||Bubbles||New Zealand|
|Luna Estate Pinot Noir 2021||Pinot Noir||Wairarapa|
|Madam Sass Pinot Noir 2022||Pinot Noir||Central Otago|
|Maison Blanc de Blanc||Bubbles||Australia|
|Massey Dacta Sauvignon Blanc 2023||Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough|
|Mission Estate Hawke’s Bay 2022 Reserve Chardonnay||Chardonnay||Hawke’s Bay|
|Misty Cove Estate Pinot Gris 2023||Pinot Gris||Marlborough|
|Misty Cove Estate Pinot Noir 2021||Pinot Noir||Marlborough|
|Montford Estate Pinot Noir 2021||Pinot Noir||Marlborough|
|Montford Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2023||Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough|
|Mount Riley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2023||Pinot Gris||Marlborough|
|Mrs Q Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2020||Single Variety Red||Australia|
|Mud House Single Vineyard Riesling 2022||Aromatics||Canterbury||Champion Aromatic|
|Old Coach Road Nelson Rosé 2023||Rosé||Nelson|
|Press & Bloom Prosecco||Bubbles||Australia|
|Rosabel Rosé 2021||Rosé||France|
|Seifried Nelson Gewürztraminer 2023||Aromatics||Nelson|
|SOHO Ziggy Pinot Gris 2023||Pinot Gris||Marlborough|
|Squawking Magpie The Chatterer Syrah 2021||Shiraz & Syrah||Hawke’s Bay||Champion Shiraz & Syrah|
|Stables Hawke’s Bay 2021 Reserve Syrah||Shiraz & Syrah||Hawke’s Bay|
|Stoneleigh Latitude Marlborough Chardonnay 2022||Chardonnay||Marlborough|
|Stoneleigh Wild Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2021||Pinot Noir||Marlborough||Champion Pinor Noir & Champion Red Wine of the Show|
|Taylors Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2021||Single Variety Red||Australia|
|te Pā Pinot Noir Rosé 2023||Rosé||Marlborough|
|The Crater Rim Waipara Riesling 2018||Aromatics||Canterbury|
|The Fox and the Grapes Organic Shiraz Merlot 2022||Red Blend||Australia|
|The Hunting Lodge Expressions Chardonnay 2022||Chardonnay||Hawke’s Bay|
|Thornbury Hawkes Bay Rosé 2023||Rosé||Hawke’s Bay||Champion Rosé|
|Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper Shiraz 2019||Shiraz & Syrah||Australia|
|Trapiche Pure Black Malbec 2021||Single Variety Red||Argentina||Champion Single Variety Red|
|Triplebank Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023||Sauvignon Blanc||Marlborough|
|Vavasour Awatere Valley Pinot Noir 2021||Pinot Noir||Marlborough|
|Verde Brut||Bubbles||New Zealand||Champion Bubbles|
|Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2021||Red Blend||Hawke’s Bay||Champion Red Blend|
|Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2023||Pinot Gris||Canterbury|
|Yalumba Y Series Merlot 2021||Single Variety Red||Australia|
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