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Success across the board for Villa Maria and Esk Valley at Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2015<br>

Success across the board for Villa Maria and Esk Valley at Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2015

Both Villa Maria and Esk Valley celebrated a hugely successful night at this year’s Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2015.

Villa Maria won Champion Producer of the Show, two varietal trophies and 12 gold medals across several wine varietal categories and vintages. With Champion Rosé Trophy and Sweet Wine Trophy, Villa Maria also adds multiple gold medals across Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon to its tally of wins.

It’s a great night out when our North and South Island winemaking and viticulture teams can walk away with a trophy each. That teamed with a good spread of varietal golds and vintages is a great reinforcement our wines are hitting the mark across the board,” said Villa Maria’s Group Chief Winemaker Nick Picone.

Esk Valley also celebrated after it was announced they had scooped Champion Wine of the Show and received the Chardonnay Trophy. The winning wine was the Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013, a wine which has also previously won gold at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

Esk Valley also picked up a gold medal for the Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2014 and is one of only two wines awarded gold in the Merlot predominant category.

Esk Valley Senior Winemaker Gordon Russell said it was pleasing to see Hawkes Bay at the top of its game, “This wine is made in small volumes to express the best of the harvest; it’s a rich and complex style highlighting that the quality from the 2013 harvest does not just pertain to red wine, but also the white varietals”.

Full Results:

Villa Maria
Trophy:

  • Champion Producer of the Show
  • Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay Rosé 2015
  • Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Noble Riesling Botrytis Selection 2013

Gold:

  • Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay Rosé 2015
  • Villa Maria Private Bin Hawkes Bay Merlot 2014
  • Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Villa Maria Reserve Gisborne Barrique Fermented Chardonnay 2014
  • Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2014
  • Villa Maria Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013
  • Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2013
  • Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Noble Riesling Botrytis Selection 2013
  • Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012
  • Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Pinot Noir 2012
  • Villa Maria Single Vineyard Braided Gravels Organic Merlot 2013
  • Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013


Esk Valley

Trophy

  • Champion Wine of Show and Champion Chardonnay - Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013

Gold Medals

  • Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2013
  • Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec 2014


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