Results reflect truly international flair of wine competition

New Zealand, Australia, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, USA and Chile were among the medal-winning wines from the 2013 Spiegelau International Wine Competition judged in New Zealand last week.

New Zealand led the way with the biggest medal haul, due in part to Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc which yielded a total of 100 medals, 13 of them gold and 11 gold medals for Pinot Noir.

Australia showed strongly with their heartland varieties, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as with some excellent Hunter Valley Semillons.

Italy won medals for white, red and sparkling wines, as did France. Chile was rewarded for red wines while Spain and Portugal received medals for both red and fortified wines.

Reflecting on the international line up of entries, Chief Judge Mike DeGaris said, “It’s great to see distributors entering a range of their imported wines. It means wine lovers get a more complete guide to wines available in New Zealand.”Image

Following the judging, wines not required during the process were donated to the Cresswell Jackson New Zealand Wine Trust and then auctioned. Proceeds will be returned to the industry in the form of grants and scholarships towards the end of the year. Competition Director, Belinda Jackson said, “We are delighted to return the proceeds and support the enhancement of the New Zealand wine industry.”

Trophies will be announced at the awards dinner being held on Auckland on 9 August.

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About Belinda Jackson's Blog

I'm a professional wino! I am GM for Blind River, a small vineyard planted with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in Marlborough's beautiful Awatere Valley. You can see more at www.blindriver.co.nz. I am a director of Wine Competition Ltd which owns and runs two independent wine competitions in New Zealand: the Spiegelau International Wine Competition (www.spiegelauiwc.co.nz) and the Marlborough Wine Show (www.marlboroughwineshow.co.nz) When not 'wining' I am championing local causes such as Renwick Smart & Connected and the Mistletoe Bay Foundation. I have been on the board of New Zealand Riding for the Disabled for over six years. I have three books published and I have a regular wine slot on Radio New Zealand. I started in the wine industry in Bordeaux in the mid-eighties before heading back to the UK to work with a wine wholesaler. Ten years later I was responsible for sourcing and buying 750,000 cases of wine from around the world for one of the country's big brewers. I have been in NZ since 1995 and absolutely love it (the only other place I'd want to live is France...)
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