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Wine of Show winners, the 2016 Isabel Chardonnay from Marlborough.

A Marlborough Chardonnay has won the top prize at the 2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

The Isabel Chardonnay Marlborough 2016 won the prestigious Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show trophy, as well as the Rabobank Champion Chardonnay trophy, at the awards dinner in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand on October 25.

Trophy winning wines from this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards will be the focus of two workshops for Melbourne and Sydney wine trade this week (Nov 27-Dec 1). Presented by Chair of Judges Warren Gibson (Trinity Hill, Bilancia) and Australian International Judge P-J Charteris (Charteris Wines), guests will be among the first in Australia to sample the winning wines from each category.

“It’s packed with flavour but still maintains a remarkable lightness on its feet.”

 

Chair of Judges Warren Gibson said the Isabel Chardonnay Marlborough 2016 was a very classy example of the Chardonnay in this year’s competition.

“It has a beautiful balance of components with a rich long finish,” said Gibson.  “It’s packed with flavour but still maintains a remarkable lightness on its feet.”

Reserve Wine of the Show winners, the 2016 Dashwood Pinot Noir from Marlborough.

The second highest accolade of the evening, the O-I New Zealand Reserve Wine of the Show trophy, went to the Dashwood Pinot Noir Marlborough 2016. The Pinot Noir, made by Chief Winemaker Stu Marfell of Foley Family Wines, also won the JF Hillebrand New Zealand Champion Pinot Noir trophy.

“As with many of the best wines in this class there is perfume and length with elegant tannins and a lingering and powerful finish,” said Gibson.

This year’s competition saw over 1,300 wines entered and 80 Gold, 221 Silver and 493 Bronze medals awarded. It is the fourth year New Zealand Winegrowers has hosted workshops in Melbourne and Sydney for wine trade to celebrate the Trophy announcement, and sample the full range of Gold medal winning wines.

Limited places remain in each Sydney workshop on Tuesday 28th November only – visit www.nzwine.com/events for more information and to register.

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2017 – Trophy Winners

 

Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show
Isabel Chardonnay Marlborough 2016

O-I New Zealand Reserve Wine of the Show
Dashwood Pinot Noir Marlborough 2016

JF Hillebrand New Zealand Champion Pinot Noir
Dashwood Pinot Noir Marlborough 2016

Label and Litho Limited Champion Sauvignon Blanc
Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc Wairau Valley Marlborough 2017

Rabobank Champion Chardonnay
Isabel Chardonnay Marlborough 2016

Dish Magazine Champion Open Red Wine
Dashwood Pinot Noir Marlborough 2016

Bayleys Real Estate Champion Merlot, Cabernet and Blends
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Organic Merlot Hawke’s Bay 2016

Fruitfed Supplies Champion Syrah
Coopers Creek Reserve Syrah Hawke’s Bay 2016

Guala Closures New Zealand Champion Pinot Gris
Saddleback Pinot Gris Central Otago 2017

New World Champion Open White Wine
Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc Wairau Valley Marlborough 2017

New Zealand Winegrowers Champion Sweet Wine
Forrest Botrytised Riesling Marlborough 2016

Plant & Food Research Champion Riesling
Mount Riley Riesling Marlborough 2017

Quay Connect Champion Other White Styles
Nautilus Albariño Marlborough 2017

Riedel New Zealand Champion Gewürztraminer
Lawson’s Dry Hills Gewürztraminer Marlborough 2016

WineWorks Champion Sparkling Wine
Aotea by the Seifried Family Méthode Traditionnelle Nelson NV

New Zealand Winegrowers Champion Exhibition White or Sparkling Wine
Isabel Wild Barrique Chardonnay Marlborough 2016

New Holland Agriculture Champion Exhibition Red Wine
Falcon Ridge Estate Syrah Nelson 2016

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