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    2017 Canterbury Wine Awards are now open

    Entries are now open for the 2017 CanterburyWine Awards. Entry Form 2017  Entries are open to all wines made in the Canterbury area - from the Waitaki River in the S0uth to the Clarence River in the North.

    Wine and entry forms are to be delivered to: 533 Boundary Road, RD1 Rangiora, 7471 no later than Thursday 20th April 2017. All wines will cellared on site until judging in Christchurch on Weds 26 April. A drop off point will be advised for wines to be delivered in the Waipara region.

    All entry forms need to be emailed to gill.walsh@winesofcanterbury.co.nz

    2017 Terms and Conditions: wineshow t&c 2017

     

     

     

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    Champion Trophy Announcement 2016

    Champion Trophy results May 2016

    Wines of Canterbury are delighted to announce the winner of the Champion Trophy for the 2016 Canterbury Wine Awards as the Waipara River Estate Late Harvest Noble Riesling 2013.

    The award was collected by estate owner Michael Peters at the David Jackson Dinner on 18 May. Peter’s said he was “absolutely delighted to take away the champion trophy, in particular as the wine came from the oldest vineyard in the Waipara Valley - a boutique family operation”. Waipara River Estate is a 4Ha family owned vineyard by Michael and his partner Tina Beasley. They produce Rieslings, Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer, Cabernet/Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The estate is home to the oldest vines in the Waipara region having been planted in early 1981. The estate’s wines are available through their website www.waiparariver.com or by calling Linda de Vine on 021 483 112.

    The chair of the judging panel, Jo Burzynska (Wine Educator and Wine Editor of Viva) said "This was one of the strongest years so far at the competition, with a really impressive line-up of entries in most categories and a number of names new to the show winning top awards. The Riesling class was again one of the highlights, and perhaps not surprisingly yielded the Champion wine of the show; the highly impressive first-time entry, Waipara River Estate Late Harvest Noble Riesling 2013.” Jo was joined on the judging panel by Kirsten Creasy, Winemaker and Oenologist with Hill Laboratories, and local chef and Restaurateur, Jonny Schwass (Mrs Hucks, Harlequin Public House).

    Champion Trophy Presentation 2016

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    Canterbury Wine Awards 2016 Winners

    Media Release 26 April 2016

    Wines of Canterbury are delighted to announce the results of the 2016 Canterbury Wine Awards. The event, now well established and in its fifth year saw a record number of wineries enter their wines for judging along with a record number of medals awarded. Sixty-two medals; nine Gold, eighteen Silver and thirty-five Bronze medals were awarded for this year’s show, with 74% of the wines entered earning medals.  45% of the wines entered in the show were Aromatic wines - Riesling, Pinot Gris & Gewürztraminer, with the largest class being Rieslings. The Rieslings were the stars of the show with 18 medals awarded in this class.

    Trophy Winners
    FruitFed Seafood Class Trophy:Terrace Edge 2014 Liquid Geography Riesling
    FruitFed Chicken Class Trophy:The Winemakers Wife Pinot Gris 2015
    FruitFed Lamb Class Trophy:Meniscus Pinot Noir 2014
    Hill Laboratories Vegetarian Class Trophy:Waipara Hills Equinox Sauvignon Blanc 2015
    Hill Laboratories Pork Class Trophy: Waipara Hills Equinox Riesling 2015
    Lane Neave Lawyers Game Class Trophy: Muddy Water Syrah 2013
    Lane Neave Lawyers Cheese Class Trophy: Waipara River Estate Late Harvest Noble Riesling 2013
    Spicy Food Class Trophy (new in 2016): Omihi Rd Gewurztraminer 2014

    Medal Winners

    Riesling
    Gold Medals: Terrace Edge 2014 Liquid Geography Riesling
    Waipara Hills Equinox Riesling 2015
    The Winemakers Wife Riesling 2015
    Waipara River Estate Late Harvest Noble Riesling 2013
    Silver Medals: Meniscus Riesling 2014
    Greystone Brittle Star 2015 Riesling
    Waipara River Estate Riesling Single Vineyard Release 2010
    Greystone Riesling 2015
    Meniscus Riesling 2015
    Bronze Medals: Terrace Edge 2013 Classic Riesling
    Waipara Hills Riesling 2015
    Waipara Springs Riesling 2015
    House of Ball Dry Riesling 2009
    Omihi Rd Riesling 2013
    Waipara River Estate Riesling Single Vineyard Release 2012
    Melton Estate Sparkling Riesling 2015 'Summer Love'
    Melton Estate Riesling 2015
    Straight 8 Estate Green 8 Riesling 2015

    Pinot Noir
    Silver Medals: Meniscus Pinot Noir 2014
    Tussock Hill Pinot Noir 2010
    Whistling Buoy Kokolo Pinot Noir 2015
    Mt Beautiful North Canterbury Pinot Noir 2014
    Marble Point Pinot Noir 2014
    Bronze Medals: House of Ball Pinot Noir 2014
    Mt Brown Estates Grand Reserve Pinot Noir 2013
    Whistling Buoy 1/2 Acre Pinot Noir 2015
    Waipara Hills Soul Isolated Hill Pinot Noir 2014
    Stephenson Estate 2014 Pinot Noir
    Waipara Hills Equinox Pinot Noir 2014
    Marble Point Pinot Noir 2013
    Terrace Edge 2014 Pinot Noir

    Sauvignon Blanc
    Gold Medals: Waipara Hills Equinox Sauvignon Blanc 2015
    Torlesse Sauvignon Blanc 2015
    Bronze Medals: Point Bush Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015
    Mt Brown Estates Sauvignon Blanc 2015
    Omihi Rd Sauvignon Blanc 2012
    Greystone Sauvignon Blanc 2015
    Waipara Springs Sauvignon Blanc 2015
    Mt Brown Estates Grand Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2015
    Marble Point Sauvignon Blanc 2015

    Other Reds
    Gold Medal: Muddy Water Syrah 2013
    Silver Medal: Georges Road Syrah 2015
    Bronze Medals: Torlesse Cabernet Merlot 2013
    French Peak Rose 2015
    Whistling Buoy Kokolo Rose 2015

    Pinot Gris
    Gold Medal: The Winemakers Wife Pinot Gris 2015
    Silver Medals: Greystone Pinot Gris 2015
    Waipara River Estate Pinot Gris 2014
    French Peak Pinot Grigio 2015
    Mt Brown Estates Pinot Gris 2015
    Bronze Medals: Waipara Hills Equinox Pinot Gris 2015
    Georges Road Pinot Gris 2015
    Waipara Hills Pinot Gris 2015
    Mt Beautiful North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2014

    Gewürztraminer
    Gold Medal: Omihi Rd Gewurztraminer 2014
    Bronze Medal: Waipara River Estate Gewürztraminer Single Vineyard Release 2013

    Chardonnay
    Silver Medals: Whistling Buoy Kokolo Chardonnay 2014
    Straight 8 Estate Chardonnay 2015
    Waipara Springs Reserve Chardonnay 2014
    Bronze Medals: French Peak Chardonnay 2015
    Mt Beautiful North Canterbury Chardonnay 2014
    Thistle Ridge Chardonnay 2013

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2015 Review

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The Canterbury Wine Awards are now in their fourth year and well established. 2015 saw a record number of wineries enter their wines for judging and a record number of medals awarded. Fifty-five medals; five Gold, sixteen Silver and thirty-four Bronze medals were awarded for this year’s show, with 71% of the wines entered earning medals.

35% of the wines entered in the show were Aromatic wines – Riesling, Pinot Gris & Gewürztraminer, with the largest class being Rieslings. The Riesling were the stars of the show with the Chair of the judges, Jo Burzynska, commenting “the standout class for me were the Rieslings; a line up which saw almost all awarded a medal. It included some impressive examples from both recent and older vintages, highlighting just how well Canterbury does with this variety”.

Burzynska (Wine Educator and Writer) went on to say that she was “impressed with the generally high standard of wines entered into this year’s competition, so many of which were food friendly examples”. Jo was joined on the judging panel by Kirsten Creasy, Winemaker and Oenologist with Hill Laboratories, and local chef and Restaurateur, Jonny Schwass (Mrs Hucks, Harlequin Public House and Gorilla).

There were two stages to the show with the wines judged firstly on their own merits, and then secondly with reference to the seven food classes: Vegetarian, Pork, Seafood, Cheese, Games, Lamb and Chicken. Trophies were awarded to the most food friendly match in each class, and one of these wines will be named the Champion Wine of the Show on 29 May 2015.

Kym Rayner

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