Hawke’s Bay pinot noirs and syrahs are among the gold medal winners in this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards.
Judges have awarded 84 gold medals to wines from around the country, out of the total of 1,407 entries in what is arguably New Zealand’s most prestigious wine competition.
Hawke’s Bay was the second most-awarded region with 19 golds, behind Marlborough with 41.
The acclaimed trophy-winning wines and winners of the elite gold medals will be revealed at a black tie dinner in Nelson on November 28, attended by New Zealand’s top winemakers and industry professionals.
Chair of Judges and Master of Wine Michael Brajkovich said the most pleasing aspect of this year’s awards was the spread of gold medals across a number of varietal styles and regions.
"Pinot Noir was once again the star performer with 18 golds. Predominantly the wines came from Otago, Marlborough and the Wairarapa, but Nelson, Canterbury and Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noirs were also in the mix.
"The top wines from other categories were exceptional, particularly from Chardonnay, Sparkling, Gewürztraminer and the Sweet White wines, and the quality of Hawke’s Bay Syrah continues to impress."
All four gold medals awarded in the champion syrah category were taken out by Hawke's Bay wineries.
In addition to the 84 gold medals, 220 silver medals and 551 bronze medals were also awarded by the judges, bringing the total number of medals across the 16 different classes to 855.
Sustainability continues to be a strong focus of the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, with a record 99.7 percent of wines entered into this year’s competition having sustainable accreditation.
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.
Hawke's Bay gold medal winners at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards:
Babich The Patriarch Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Merlot Hawke’s Bay 2013
Beach House Syrah Hawke’s Bay 2014
Church Road Grand Reserve Chardonnay Hawke’s Bay 2013
Church Road Grand Reserve Syrah Hawke’s Bay 2013
Church Road McDonald Series Syrah Hawke’s Bay 2013
Elephant Hill Syrah Hawke’s Bay 2014
Esk Valley Chardonnay Hawke’s Bay 2014
Junction Possession Pinot Noir Hawke’s Bay 2014
Kim Crawford Small Parcels Wild Grace Chardonnay Hawke’s Bay 2014
Matua Single Vineyard Syrah Hawke's Bay 2014
Mission Estate Jewelstone Chardonnay Hawke’s Bay 2014
Newton Forrest Cornerstone Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Hawke’s Bay 2013
Ngatarawa Proprietors Reserve Syrah Hawke’s Bay 2013
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Merlot Hawke’s Bay 2014
Selaks Founders Merlot Cabernet Hawke’s Bay 2014
Sileni Estate Selection The Peak Syrah Hawke’s Bay 2014
Vidal Reserve Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Villa Maria Library Release Chardonnay Hawke’s Bay 2010
Villa Maria Reserve Chardonnay Hawke’s Bay 2014