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2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards

A Hawke’s Bay Syrah has won the top prize at the 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards. The Church Road McDonald Series Syrah 2013 won the prestigious Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show Trophy, as well as the Fruitfed Supplies Champion Syrah Trophy. Chair of Judges and Master of Wine Michael Brajkovich said the Church Road McDonald Series Syrah 2013 was one of the fuller-bodied Syrahs in this year’s competition. “It’s a wine with lovely ripe black-fruit and floral Syrah characters, and very well-handled subtle oak influence,” said Mr Brajkovich. “The palate is full-bodied, with rich berry fruit and firm tannins to fill out the finish and ensure a long maturation potential. “Syrah provided a quality class of wine, displaying a diversity of styles from fresh, vibrant peppery and herbal, to full-bodied rich and ripe black-fruit styles, with significant oak impact and earthy tannins.” There were strong trophy contenders across the 16 classes, but the winners prevailed by having that “extra something special”, Mr Brajkovich said. The second highest accolade of the evening, the O-I New Zealand Reserve Wine of the Show Trophy, went to the Lake Chalice The Raptor Chardonnay Marlborough 2014. This exceptional Chardonnay also won the Rabobank New Zealand Champion Chardonnay Trophy. Air New Zealand Chief Operating Officer Bruce Parton said the airline was a longstanding partner of the New Zealand wine industry, which continued to produce some of the world’s best wines. “We’ve been a proud sponsor of the awards for 29 years, and are passionate about promoting home-grown wines and showcasing New Zealand as a destination for wine tourism.” “It’s been fantastic to see such a large number of entries in this year’s competition from wineries across the country. We wish to congratulate all medal and trophy winners.” As well as the 18 trophies awarded, 36 Pure Elite Gold Medals and one Elite Gold Medal were announced at the dinner, which was emceed by TV3’s Hilary Barry and Mike McRoberts. This year's competition saw 1,407 wines entered, 99 percent of which were accredited as being sustainably produced. The Air New Zealand Wine Awards celebrate excellence in New Zealand winemaking and are widely considered to be the country’s most prestigious wine competition. New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organisation for the country's 1,600 grape growers and winemakers, has owned and organised the competition for 40 years. For more information visit www.airnzwineawards.co.nz ENDS AIR NEW ZEALAND WINE AWARDS 2015 - TROPHY WINNERS Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show Church Road McDonald Series Syrah 2013 O-I New Zealand Reserve Wine of the Show Lake Chalice The Raptor Chardonnay Marlborough 2014 JF Hillebrand New Zealand Champion Pinot Noir Brightwater Vineyards Pinot Noir Nelson 2014 Label and Litho Ltd Champion Sauvignon Blanc Delta Hatters Hill Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014 Rabobank New Zealand Champion Chardonnay Lake Chalice The Raptor Chardonnay Marlborough 2014 Bite Magazine Champion Sweet Wine Seifried Winemakers Collection Sweet Agnes Riesling Nelson 2015 Coast FM Champion Merlot, Cabernet and Blends Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Merlot Hawke’s Bay 2014 Fruitfed Supplies Champion Syrah Church Road McDonald Series Syrah 2013 Guala Closures New Zealand Ltd Champion Pinot Gris Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Gris Awatere Valley, Marlborough 2015 Liquorland Champion Open Red Wine Spy Valley Pinot Noir Marlborough 2013 New World Champion Open White Wine Rapaura Springs Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015 New Zealand Winegrowers Champion Gewürztraminer Johanneshof Cellars Gewürztraminer Marlborough 2014 Plant & Food Research Champion Riesling Peter Yealands Riesling Marlborough 2015 Port Nelson Limited Champion Other White Styles Waimea Family Estate Albariño Nelson 2015 Toast by Liquorland Champion Rosé Aspiring Flats Rosé Central Otago 2015 WineWorks Limited Champion Sparkling Wine Nautilus Cuvée Marlborough Brut NV Rangitikei Chicken Champion Exhibition White or Sparkling Wine Mission Estate Jewelstone Chardonnay Hawke’s Bay 2014 Nelson Airport Limited & Nelson Tasman Tourism Champion Exhibition Red Wine Beach House Syrah Hawke’s Bay 2014 NUMBER OF TROPHIES BY REGION: Marlborough: 9 Hawke’s Bay: 5 Nelson: 3 Central Otago: 1 Pure Elite Gold Medals Sparkling Nautilus Cuvée Marlborough Brut NV Gewürztraminer Johanneshof Cellars Gewürztraminer Marlborough 2014 Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer Marlborough 2014 Pinot Gris Greystone Pinot Gris Waipara Valley 2015 Isabel Pinot Gris Marlborough 2015 Saint Clair Premium Pinot Gris Marlborough 2014 Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Gris Awatere Valley, Marlborough 2015 Riesling Ceres Black Rabbit Vineyard Riesling Central Otago 2015 Peter Yealands Riesling Marlborough 2015 Spy Valley Envoy Riesling Marlborough 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Delta Hatters Hill Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014 Rapaura Springs Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015 Saint Clair Premium Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015 The Ned Waihopai River Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015 Vidal Estate Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015 Chardonnay Church Road Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2013 Lake Chalice The Raptor Chardonnay Marlborough 2014 Mission Estate Jewelstone Chardonnay Hawke’s Bay 2014 Nautilus Chardonnay Marlborough 2014 Villa Maria Library Release Chardonnay Hawke's Bay 2010 Villa Maria Reserve Chardonnay Hawke's Bay 2014 Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Chardonnay Marlborough 2014 Sweet Wine Giesen The Brothers Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014 Seifried Winemakers Collection Sweet Agnes Riesling Nelson 2015 Rosé Aspiring Flats Rosé Central Otago 2015 Pinot Noir Akitu A2 Pinot Noir Central Otago 2014 Brightwater Vineyards Pinot Noir Nelson 2014 Coal Pit Tiwha Pinot Noir Central Otago 2014 Giesen Single Vineyard Selection Ridge Block Pinot Noir Marlborough 2013 Kuru Kuru Pinot Noir Central Otago 2014 Spy Valley Pinot Noir Marlborough 2013 Merlot, Cabernet and Blends Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Merlot Hawke’s Bay 2014 Vidal Reserve Hawke's Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Syrah Church Road McDonald Series Syrah 2013 Matua Single Vineyard Syrah Hawke's Bay 2014 Other Varieties - Single Waimea Family Estate Albariño Nelson 2015 Elite Gold Medals Sparkling Daniel Le Brun Méthode Traditionnelle Blanc De Blancs Marlborough 2009
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