​Waimea Classic Riesling named Champion Riesling at New Zealand International Wine Show 2014

September 29th 2014

Nelson winery Waimea Estates was awarded the Trophy for Champion Riesling at the New Zealand International Wine Show Awards Dinner over the weekend.

Trophy winning wines all won gold medals in their respective classes at the 2014 New Zealand International Wine Show, and were then selected by judges as the ‘Best of the Best’ in the show.

The Waimea Classic Riesling 2013 was one of nine Rieslings awarded gold this year. The judges commented: “Ripe fruit aromas and spicy flavours of passionfruit and candied pineapple with hallmark rose petals and lychees and a warm, lifted finish. Delicious!”Trudy Shield, Chief Winemaker at Waimea Estates is thrilled the company has been recognised with a trophy at New Zealand’s largest wine awards. “This is huge for Waimea - and for Nelson, as Riesling is a variety which truly shines in our region. Our entire winery team has always had a soft spot for this wine! During vintage 2013 it was often referred to in the winery as ‘baby girl’ as she is so feminine. This Trophy has come at a time when we are still very sore from the loss of our treasured friend and workmate Tomo, so we would very much like to dedicate this Trophy to him.”

Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2014 also won a Gold Medal in the incredibly competitive Sauvignon Blanc category and the judges commented, “Bright fresh aromas of tropical fruit with a suggestion of passionfruit and succulent mouth-filling juicy fresh flavours with tropical fruit in abundance, a touch of apple, a hint of peach and a classical gooseberry and tangy herb pungency to the punchy fresh finish.”

Established in 2005, the 2014 New Zealand International Wine Show was the largest wine competition ever judged in New Zealand, with 2,130 wines entered from 12 countries resulting in 206 gold medals being awarded.

The Show was chaired by Bob Campbell MW, New Zealand’s most experienced senior wine judge and this country’s leading wine educator. Assistant chief judges were Larry McKenna, Peter Cowley and John Hancock.