New Zealand wine receives top accolades 30 May 2012
- Wild South Pinot Gris picks up gold Living
- Crowds flock to Ellerslie International Flower Show opening Living
- From Hawke's Bay to Berlin - This Way of Life Living
- Buy your way into New Zealand for £658,000 Migration
- New Zealand dollar climbs Business
- Overseas wine judge rates NZ Viognier as among the best Living
- Pick of the Bunch Living
- Riesling on the Rise Living
- Growing a great vintage News
- Turn of the screw News
New Zealand wines have enjoyed tremendous success at the largest wine competitions in the United Kingdom: the Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 and International Wine Challenge 2012 where the results were announced at the London International Wine Fair this week.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2012
The Decanter World Wine Awards is the world’s biggest wine competition. It has been growing steadily since its inception in 2004
In 2012, New Zealand had its most successful year with more entries than ever before with 502 – a 9% increase from 2011. New Zealand was the top ranked country of origin with a staggering 92% of New Zealand wines entered winning a medal – significantly more than the competition worldwide average of 70%.
New Zealand also won an impressive 7 Regional Trophies and 12 Gold medals. The full breakdown of results is as follows:
? 7 Regional Trophies
? 12 Gold Medals
? 125 Silver Medals
? 243 Bronze Medals
? 77 ‘Commended’ wines
You can view the full results on the Decanter website: http://www.decanter.com/dwwa
International Wine Challenge 2012
It is considered the Olympics of wine and New Zealand has shown that quality not quantity is the key to medals success. The 2012 International Wine Challenge (IWC) awarded New Zealand wineries 26 Gold medals, an increase of almost 25% compared to last year, which placed New Zealand as the 6th most-awarded wine producing country in the world.
New Zealand wines were also awarded an impressive 100 Silver medals, 166 Bronze medals and 168 Commended awards.
New Zealand wines were also rated as the 'cleanest' wines in the world – Kiwi entries had the lowest incidence of wine faults such as cork taint or oxidation compared with entries from 49 other countries. With more than nine out of ten bottles of New Zealand wine sealed under screwcap, the aluminium closure industry will be claiming victory over their natural cork rivals.
Details of all the winning wines are available at the IWC’s website www.internationalwinechallenge.com
The Sommelier Wine Awards 2012
The Sommelier Wine Awards were initiated by Imbibe Magazine in 2007. The competition is focused entirely on the on-trade as entries are not accepted if they are available in the mainstream high street. All of the judges are sommeliers, restaurateurs, wine buyers for pubs or bars, or consultants who operate mostly in the on-trade. Essentially it is a competition that’s run by the on-trade for the on-trade.
New Zealand had a very strong showing in 2012 winning 10 Gold, 21 Silver and 27 Bronze medals. Furthermore, Saint Clair Family Estate picked up the award for Best New World Producer for its haul of two Golds, two Silvers and one Bronze.
Other Special Awards included the By the Glass Award for Yealands Estate Pinot Gris 2010 from Marlborough and the Critics Choice Award for Elephant Hill Airavata Syrah 2009 from Hawke's Bay
For further details please visit http://www.sommelierwineawards.com/winners-2012
Commenting on all the competition awards David Cox, Director of New Zealand Winegrowers said: “These excellent results show the commitment New Zealand winemakers have to producing wines of the highest quality that become rated amongst the best in the world. Our cool climate and commitment to sustainable winemaking provides us with a perfect environment to excel. Anyone that drinks New Zealand wine can be assured they are getting a fantastic experience. These results are an incredible endorsement of the tangible progress being made in this iconic country”
(New Zealand Winegrowers)
12 Dec 2013 News
New Zealand Government Hon Amy Adams Minister for Communications and Information Technology 12 December... more
12 Dec 2013 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk Export concentration into China ‘a concern’, RBNZ’s Wheeler says By Paul McBeth Dec.... more
12 Dec 2013 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk Perpetual, Fonterra’s largest unitholder, happy to ride out short-term pain for longer-term... more
11 Dec 2013 Entertainment
Sounds Like Waitangi - Greg Johnson, Andrew Fagan & Peter Urlich headline Waitangi Day at Mangawhai Tavern Sounds Like Waitangi... more
10 Dec 2013 Lifestyle
Dunedin City Council Here’s Your Chance to be a Rock Star! Dunedin (Tuesday, 10 December 2013) – If you’re a... more
12 Dec 2013 Property
New Zealand Government New 32-unit complex opened in Johnsonville Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today officially opened 32 new ... more
10 Dec 2013 Migration
Doing Our Bit Costs, benefits, rugby and refugees Murdoch Stephens – Doing Our Bit (www.doingourbit.co.nz) Amongst all... more
12 Dec 2013 Travel & Tourism
New Zealand Government Hon Nathan GuyMinister for Primary Industries 12 December 2013 Government Industry Agreements to strengthen... more
12 Dec 2013 Sport
Westpac Halberg Awards 12 December 2013 Strong Competition for New Zealand’s Top Sports Honours 58 nominations received for... more
10 Dec 2013 Column
Column - Gordon Campbell Gordon Campbell on the latest TPP leaks, and our shabby treatment of asylum seekers by Gordon ... more
9 Dec 2013 People
In less than a year, Lorde has gone from a Year 12 student at Auckland's Takapuna Grammar to a global pop star. The Kiwi's... more
11 Dec 2013 Recruitment
CPIT For immediate release 11/12/2013 Partnership provides much needed skills for the rebuild As the demand for rebuild workers... more