Waimea’s Albariño is Pure Gold

December 10th 2015

​Every year kiwi wine lovers eagerly await the results of the Air New Zealand Wine Awards to help them with their selection of quality New Zealand wine. As already announced, the Gold & Silver Medal results were revealed on 10 November and Waimea was delighted to find out that the Waimea Albariño 2015 had been awarded Pure Gold whilst the flagship Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2015 and Waimea Pinot Gris 2015 were both awarded Pure Silver.

The Pure Elite Gold Medal and Trophy winners were announced at the Black Tie Air New Zealand Wine Awards Dinner held in Nelson for the first time ever over this weekend, and Waimea was delighted to learn that the Trophy for Champion Other White Styles and a Pure Elite Gold Medal had been awarded to Waimea Albariño 2015.

Chair of Judges and Master of Wine Michael Brajkovich said that for 36 of the 84 Gold Medals to be upgraded to Pure Elite Gold was very special – from a total entry pool of over 1400 wines. “Pure Elite Gold indicates that the senior judges were unanimous in awarding the wine more than the 18.5 required to make Gold, and in this case the wine averaged over 19 out of 20 across all of the judges. The term ‘Pure’ defines a wine that is Certified Sustainable.”

Michael went on to describe the wine, “It’s a gorgeous food-friendly wine showing fine texture, lovely palate weight and crisp acidity, with citrus, stonefruit and almond notes.”

Ben Bolitho, Waimea’s General Manager is justifiably proud of this result, “The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is the premier wine competition in New Zealand recognising excellence in winemaking and grape-growing. It was a great honour to receive this Trophy for our Waimea 2015 Albariño here in Nelson. This is a new variety to us – with this being only our second commercial vintage. We see great potential for Albariño within our diverse region – along with our aromatic and mainstay varieties of course. I’m very proud of our whole team in producing this wine!”

Ben was very pleased for the region as a whole, “I also want to mention that for the Nelson region to collect the Trophies for Champion Sweet Wine and for Champion Pinot Noir is a massive tribute to the Waimea Plains where all three Trophy-winning wines were grown and made. It’s a fantastic result for the Nelson region!”