2012 Spiegelau International Wine Competition Gold Medals


Lanvin Brut NV Champagne

Daniel Le Brun Blanc de Blancs 2002

Lindauer Special Reserve Brut

Morton Estate Blanc de Blanc 2002

Nautilus Cuvee Marlborough Brut

Quartz Reef Central Otago Methode Traditionnelle Vintage 2007

Lindauer Classic Rosé



Distant Land Gewurztraminer 2011



The People’s Pinot Gris 2011

Forrest Pinot Gris 2012

Ribbonwood Pinot Gris 2011

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Pinot Gris 2011

Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2011

900 Grapes Pinot Gris 2011

Mount Riley Pinot Gris 2012



Eden Springs High Eden Riesling 2008

Mount Riley Riesling 2012

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Riesling 2011

Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Riesling 2012

Dusky Sounds Waipara Riesling 2008

Giesen Marlborough Riesling 2012

Greystone Riesling 2011

Kahurangi Estate Mt Arthur Reserve Riesling 2011

Kerpen Graacher Domprobst Riesling Auslese 2005

Seifried Nelson Riesling 2012



Ara Single Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Gladstone Vineyard Sophies Choice 2011

Crosse Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees Sauvignon B 2012

Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Starborough Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2012

Tiki Single Vineyard Wairau Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Whitehaven Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2012



Auntsfield Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2010

Lake Chalice Wines Marlborough Chardonnay 2011

Matua Valley Single Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay 2011

Shingle Peak Reserve Chardonnay 2011

Mount Riley 17 Valley Chardonnay 2011

Nautilus Marlborough Chardonnay 2011

Spy Valley Chardonnay 2011



Tyrrells Steven’s Hunter Semillon 2007



Osawa Wines Noble Gewurztraminer 2011

Squawking Magpie SQM Sticky Beak 2011



Grasshopper Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Tohu ‘Rore’ Limited Edition Reserve Pinot Noir 2010

Lawson’s Dry Hills Pinot Noir 2010

Pasquale Pinot Noir Hakataramea Valley 2010

Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2010

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Pinot Noir 2010



Sandalford Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Shingleback The Davey Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Spy Valley Merlot Malbec 2010

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009



Matua Valley Reserve Syrah 2010

Vidal Reserve Series Hawkes Bay Syrah 2010

Kingston Estate Shiraz 2010

Mojo Shiraz 2011



Feudi di San Marzano SUD Primitivo di Manduria DOP 2010

Castano Monastrell (Familia Castano) 2011



Lustau Pedro Ximenez San Emillio

Buller Wines Fine Old Tokay

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Bragato Wine Awards 2012 – Trophy Winners as announced 23 August 2012

Champion Wine Of Show And Bragato Trophy Winner
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2011

Reserve Champion Wine
Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Sustainability Trophy
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2011

Champion Sauvignon Blanc
Yealands Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Champion Chardonnay
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2011

Champion Sparkling Wine
No 1 Family Estate Cuvée Remy NV

Champion Dessert Wine
Pasquale Shrivel 2011

Champion Riesling
Esk Valley Marlborough Dry Riesling 2011

Champion Pinot Gris
Greystone Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2011

Champion Other White
Coopers Creek SV Gisborne Albariño Bell-Ringer 2012

Champion Pinot Noir
Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Champion Classical Red Wine
Mills Reef Elspeth Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Merlot 2010

Champion Merlot
Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Merlot 2009

Champion Syrah
Mills Reef Elspeth Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2010

Champion Other Red Wine
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Malbec 2009
All of the medal winners can be viewed on http://www.wineshow.co.nz

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NZ wine writer, Michael Cooper believes wine competitions ‘make a lot of money’

This article (see link below) quotes Michael Cooper, a New Zealand wine writer,  saying, ‘”If my wine-writing career failed I would either set up a wine competition or start up a religion because they are both good ways of making money.”


Needless to say I was compelled to write a letter to the Editor which was published in the Marlborough Express today. It reads as follows:


Letter to the Editor, Marlborough Express                5 January 2012

After reading the article ‘A vine way to make a living’ about New Zealand wine writer, Michael Cooper – I am compelled to write on behalf of Wine Competition Ltd.

Mr Cooper has no experience in the organisation of wine competitions.

Mr Cooper makes the statement, ‘If my wine-writing career failed I would either set up a wine competition or start up a religion because they are both good ways of making money.’ I cannot speak for all wine competitions, but as a director of Wine Competition Ltd, owners and organisers of the Spiegelau International Wine Competition and The Marlborough Wine Show, and having  been involved in the Liquorland Top 100 International Wine Competition since the mid-nineties including as Director from 2005 – 2010, I can categorically state he is wrong.

The Spiegelau International Wine Competition and The Marlborough Wine Show were conceived to add value to the wine industry and the wine consumer. While returning a small profit for the value we provide is highly desirable, ‘making money’ as suggested by Mr Cooper is totally incorrect.

In addition, Wine Competition Ltd is the only company to auction bottles of wine not required during the judging process and return the proceeds to industry via a Charitable Trust. The proceeds donated to the Trust (to be made available to the New Zealand wine industry both locally and nationally) totalled $17,000 last year.



Belinda Jackson, Director – Wine Competition Ltd



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2012 dates announced for the Spiegelau International Wine Competition and the Marlborough Wine Show

Wine Competition Ltd, owners and organisers of the Spiegelau International Wine Competition and The Marlborough Wine Show have announced dates for 2012. Director Belinda Jackson comments, “2012 is almost upon us and we know wine producers need to plan ahead. By announcing the dates now we hope these events will be part of their 2012 calendar.”

Wine Competition Ltd, a totally independent company was established by Belinda Jackson and Margaret Cresswell earlier this year, for the purpose of running wine competitions and other related events.

Wine Competition Ltd are the only wine show organisers in New Zealand to auction any remaining bottles of wine after the judging process and return proceeds to the industry.
Applications will be called for in due course.

  • Entries open  2 July
  • Entries close 10 August
  • Judging 4 – 6 September

  • Entries open  27 August
  • Entries close 28 September
  • Judging 16 – 17 October


For further information please contact Margaret Cresswell margaret@winecompetitions.co.nz or Belinda Jackson on 027 444 8 666

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Photos from the Marlborough Wine Show celebratory awards dinner held 17 September2011

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Trophies galore for Marlborough’s wines 19 September 2011

The first Marlborough Wine Show celebrated the region’s wines and announced trophy winners at a special dinner held at Marlborough Vintners Hotel on Saturday night. From the recent judging of 424 entries, 47 wines were judged to be ‘excellent’ leading to a total of 17 trophies presented during the evening.

Supreme winner was Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 2011, winning Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2011 as well as the trophy for Champion Wine of the Show. Unable to attend the dinner, Invivo’s Auckland-based business partners asked their grape grower to represent them and collect the certificate of excellence. On hearing they’d won the two trophies, grower Mike Hood said, “It was the most exciting 20 minutes of my life!”

Here is the complete list of trophies:

Champion Sparkling wine sponsored by Marlborough Vintners Hotel Hunter’s MiruMiru

Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2011 sponsored by WineWorks Ltd Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – sponsored by WineWorks Ltd Selaks Winemaker’s Favourite Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Champion Sauvignon Blanc 2009 and older sponsored by WineWorks Ltd Morton Estate Black Label Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Champion Sauvignon Blanc Emerging Style sponsored by WineWorks Ltd  Kairos Wild Barrique Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Champion Chardonnay 2010 sponsored by Ormond Nurseries Wither Hills Chardonnay 2010

Champion Chardonnay 2008 and older sponsored by Ormond Nurseries Lawson’s Dry Hills Chardonnay 2008

Champion Pinot Gris sponsored by Macvine International Ltd Ara Single Estate Pinot Gris 2011

Champion Riesling 2011 or 2010 sponsored by Wine Competition Ltd Tohu Marlborough Riesling 2011

Champion Riesling 2009 or older sponsored by Wine Competition Ltd John Forrest Collection Riesling 2006

Champion Gewurztraminer sponsored by Regal Marlborough Salmon Johanneshof Cellars Gewurztraminer 2010

Champion Sweet Wine sponsored by winejobsonline.com John Forrest Collection Noble Riesling 2006

Champion Pinot Noir 2010 sponsored by Bayleys Marlborough Saint Clair Pioneer Block 14 Doctor’s Creek Pinot Noir 2010

Champion Pinot Noir 2009 sponsored by Bayleys Marlborough Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2009

Champion Pinot Noir 2008 and older sponsored by Bayleys Marlborough Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Pinot Noir 2008

Champion Other Red Wine sponsored by Wine Competition Ltd Stoneleigh Merlot 2010

Champion Wine of the Show sponsored by O-I New Zealand Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Invivo grower Mike Hood receiving the trophy for Champion Wine of the Show for the Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011, from Adam Johanson, National Sales Manager for O-I New Zealand

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Marlborough Wine Show drops gold, silver, bronze in favour of excellent, highly recommended and recommended

 12 August 2011

To better reflect the success of wines to the consumer, organisers of the inaugural Marlborough Wine Show have decided to replace gold, silver and bronze medal stickers with ‘excellent’, ‘highly recommended’ and ‘recommended’. The use of these familiar words means consumers can see at a glance just how good the wines are. Sue White, owner of respected Marlborough producer, Whitehaven says, “We all know a bronze medal is a good wine, but it really just looks like a third place. We use gold and silver in our marketing but don’t bother using bronze awards, but would definitely use ‘recommended’.”

The Marlborough Wine Show has been launched primarily to take a closer look at the province’s sub-regions in the hope of drawing conclusions concerning the various grape varieties and wine styles based on where they are grown. Director Belinda Jackson explains, “We talk about promoting the sub-regions as the next step for the Marlborough wine industry, so we need to gather information to back up this important marketing strategy.” She continues, “While gold, silver and bronze awards highlight good wines, we want to acknowledge them in a way that is more inclusive rather than exclusive.” The scoring system remains the same and producers will be able to quote ‘medal’ results if they so wish.

John Forrest of Forrest Wines is delighted with the move. “At last something that is more attractive to both winemakers and consumers as it says so much more. It’s great to win a gold medal but even silver, let alone bronze seems a poor cousin by comparison. These new accolades are far more exciting.”

Entries for the Marlborough Wine Show close today, Friday 12th August 2011. Enter online at www.wineshow.co.nz.

For further information contact Show Director, Belinda Jackson 027 444 8 666


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Marlborough Wine Show launched

A brand new initiative designed to showcase Marlborough’s wines is being launched today. The Marlborough Wine Show, an independent event run by Wine Competition Ltd, has setout to demonstrate to the world’s wine media and global wine markets that Marlborough offers significant and valuable diversity through its sub-regions and wine styles.

Led by highly respected Chief Judge, Jeff Clarke, the judging team includes leading Marlborough winemaker judges Olly Masters, Cath Oates, Simon Waghorn, Patrick Materman and Anna Flowerday. Guest international judge is Melbourne based Ben Edwards, President of the Australian Sommeliers Association. Ben has won a number of accolades as well as being the sole co-contributor to Australia’s best selling wine guide, the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion. Today amongst various judging duties, Ben is Chairman of the Riverina Wine Show and the Canberra Regional Wine Show while also being a panel chair at Australia’s premier show, the RNCAS National Wine Show in Canberra.

Competition Director, Belinda Jackson comments, “Never has there been a better time for Marlborough wine producers to stand up and shout from the rooftops about their region. Marlborough is not just about one style of Sauvignon Blanc – we want to see sub-regions represented on wine lists and on shelves and to promote the diversity of styles that Marlborough offers.”

Judging is being held at the Marlborough Convention Centre on 1st and 2nd September, 2011. At the end of both days, organisers are inviting local wine industry personnel to come and taste the wines, giving an invaluable opportunity for wine producers. Following Friday’s judging and tasting, bottles of wine not required during the judging process will be auctioned and proceeds donated to the local industry. Wine Competition Ltd has set up a Charitable Trust to facilitate this funding with the goal of contributing to research or specific projects developed to enhance Marlborough’s position within the wine arena. 

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