Waimea Sauvignon Blanc Wins Second Gold – just days after its release.
Nelson winery Waimea Estates has won Gold medals for their Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2014 and Waimea Classic Riesling 2013 in their respective classes at the 2014 New Zealand International Wine Show.
Ben Bolitho, General Manager and Viticulturist at Waimea Estates is thrilled the company has been recognised with two Golds at New Zealand’s largest wine awards. “Our vineyards consistently produce small crops of excellent Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling with many past vintages recognised with gold medals and trophies. Our 2014 Sauvignon Blanc has already won a Gold Medal in the Bragato Wine Awards– celebrating vineyard excellence just two weeks ago, and is one of the best yet. It was also awarded Five Stars by Sam Kim’s Wine Orbit so that makes it a 100% entry hit rate so far!”, he says with a wink. “The Waimea Classic Riesling has always had a beautiful purity of fruit and aromatic lift from a great vineyard, in a great season,” says Ben.
The 10th year of the New Zealand International Wine show is a huge undertaking with 2130 entries involved, 28 wine judges led by Bob Campbell MW, and 30 stewards, scorers and support staff who had to deal with almost 9,000 bottles of wine. To cater for this they hired almost all of the first floor of the North Harbour Stadium.
Waimea also won Silver Medals with Spinyback Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Waimea Chardonnay 2013 and their very first release of an exciting Waimea Albariño 2014.
This takes the tally for Waimea Estates to126 Gold medals and 23 Trophies across nine different wine styles– showing the strength and diversity of this family-owned wine company.