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14/10/2014

Show celebrates diversity and complexity of Marlborough wines

The fourth annual Marlborough Wine Show resulted in 35 gold medals, 125 silver and 221 bronze with 77 per cent of entries receiving an award last week.

Judging was led by chair Jeff Clarke of Ara who said he was pleased with the overall quality. “This year’s show has continued to reinforce not only the quality but also the range and diversity of Marlborough wines,” he said. “The 2012 Pinot Noirs and 2014 Sauvignon Blancs were a definite highlight.”

Clarke was joined by many of New Zealand’s leading wine judges including winemakers, wine writers and marketers as well as international judge Jeremy Stockman who is the general manager of Watson’s Wine in Hong Kong.

Stockman enjoyed his involvement, saying “the Hong Kong market loves Marlborough wines but also likes wines with a little bit of age. It was brilliant to see complex and rewarding Sauvignon Blanc in each of the sub-regional classes, but particularly in the wines that had some time in bottle.” 

The judges were particularly excited by the legacy class which saw three vintages of 15 different wines assessed for quality, style evolution and age worthiness.

Entries included Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

“This was such a strong line up and a delight to judge," Clarke said. "It was wonderful to see winemakers confident to enter so many of their wines and across the different varietals.”

Gold medal certificates, trophies, the Marlborough Museum Legacy award and the Wine Marlborough Lifetime Achievement award will be announced and presented at the celebration dinner being held on Saturday 8 November at the Marlborough Convention Centre.

A full list of all medal results can be viewed at www.marlboroughwineshow.co.nz.

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