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New World Wine Awards top 50 under $25 revealed

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 vintageVarietyOriginChampions
Anchorage Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2023Sauvignon BlancNelsonChampion Sauvignon Blanc
Ara Single Estate Chardonnay 2022ChardonnayMarlborough 
Beresford Classic Chardonnay 2022ChardonnayAustralia 
Black Cottage Marlborough Pinot Gris 2023Pinot GrisMarlborough 
Brancott Estate East Coast Pinot Gris 2023Pinot GrisNew ZealandChampion Pinot Gris
Caythorpe Family Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2021ChardonnayMarlboroughChampion Chardonnay & Champion White Wine of the Show
Chaffey Bros La Resistance GSM 2021Red BlendAustralia 
Esk Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023Sauvignon BlancMarlborough 
Freixenet Prosecco DOCBubblesItaly 
Giesen Uncharted Sauvignon Blanc 2022Sauvignon BlancMarlborough 
Grant Burge Miamba Shiraz 2021Shiraz & SyrahAustralia 
Headline Acts Rosé 2022RoséAustralia 
Les Jamelles Clair de Rosé 2022RoséFrance 
Lindauer Special Reserve Brut CuvéeBubblesNew Zealand 
Lindauer Special Reserve RoséBubblesNew Zealand 
Luna Estate Pinot Noir 2021Pinot NoirWairarapa 
Madam Sass Pinot Noir 2022Pinot NoirCentral Otago 
Maison Blanc de BlancBubblesAustralia 
Massey Dacta Sauvignon Blanc 2023Sauvignon BlancMarlborough 
Mission Estate Hawke’s Bay 2022 Reserve ChardonnayChardonnayHawke’s Bay 
Misty Cove Estate Pinot Gris 2023Pinot GrisMarlborough 
Misty Cove Estate Pinot Noir 2021Pinot NoirMarlborough 
Montford Estate Pinot Noir 2021Pinot NoirMarlborough 
Montford Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2023Sauvignon BlancMarlborough 
Mount Riley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2023Pinot GrisMarlborough 
Mrs Q Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2020Single Variety RedAustralia 
Mud House Single Vineyard Riesling 2022AromaticsCanterburyChampion Aromatic
Old Coach Road Nelson Rosé 2023RoséNelson 
Press & Bloom ProseccoBubblesAustralia 
Rosabel Rosé 2021RoséFrance 
Seifried Nelson Gewürztraminer 2023AromaticsNelson 
SOHO Ziggy Pinot Gris 2023Pinot GrisMarlborough 
Squawking Magpie The Chatterer Syrah 2021Shiraz & SyrahHawke’s BayChampion Shiraz & Syrah
Stables Hawke’s Bay 2021 Reserve SyrahShiraz & SyrahHawke’s Bay 
Stoneleigh Latitude Marlborough Chardonnay 2022ChardonnayMarlborough 
Stoneleigh Wild Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2021Pinot NoirMarlboroughChampion Pinor Noir & Champion Red Wine of the Show
Taylors Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2021Single Variety RedAustralia 
te Pā Pinot Noir Rosé 2023RoséMarlborough 
The Crater Rim Waipara Riesling 2018AromaticsCanterbury 
The Fox and the Grapes Organic Shiraz Merlot 2022Red BlendAustralia 
The Hunting Lodge Expressions Chardonnay 2022ChardonnayHawke’s Bay 
Thornbury Hawkes Bay Rosé 2023RoséHawke’s BayChampion Rosé
Thorn-Clarke Sandpiper Shiraz 2019Shiraz & SyrahAustralia 
Trapiche Pure Black Malbec 2021Single Variety RedArgentinaChampion Single Variety Red
Triplebank Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023Sauvignon BlancMarlborough 
Vavasour Awatere Valley Pinot Noir 2021Pinot NoirMarlborough 
Verde BrutBubblesNew ZealandChampion Bubbles
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2021Red BlendHawke’s BayChampion Red Blend
Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2023Pinot GrisCanterbury 
Yalumba Y Series Merlot 2021Single Variety RedAustralia 

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