Vidal Estate Winemaker Hugh Crichton is continuing to showcase his unyielding commitment to excellence by being awarded five Pure Gold Awards at the iconic Air New Zealand Wine Awards this year.
Unsurprisingly, Vidal Estate’s Chardonnays were a firm standout with five Pure Gold medals awarded to this New Zealand classic, noted by Hugh himself as a ‘Kiwi love affair’.
“Hawkes Bay produces world class Chardonnay, which is one of the truly great varieties producing some of the finest wines of the world. No question about that. Such recognition at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards reflects the Hawkes Bays great vineyards, soil and climate as well as the talented people who make the hundreds of decision along the path of grape to bottle. This is truly a wine Kiwis love.”
Excitingly, the Vidal Legacy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012 was once again on display. After winning the Decanter Asia Wine Award trophy for best New Zealand white wine and the coveted Champion wine of show at the Bragato Wine Awards, its excellence was picked up by the judges and awarded the
Pure Gold accolade.
Vidal Estate Pure Gold Medal winners
Vidal Legacy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2010
Vidal Legacy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013
Vidal Legacy Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2012
Vidal Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013
Vidal Marlborough Riesling 2014
The country’s most renowned wine competition has been running for over 30 years, with Chair of Judges Michael Brajkovich MW passing comment on the standard of the entries as “outstanding”. Brajkovich and a panel of 26 esteemed wine experts judged the 1552 wine entries and awarded a total of 749 medals, 112 of which were gold. The elite gold medal and trophy