Rodney Times : December 9th 2010
12 RODNEY TIMES, DECEMBER 9, 2010 NEWS CHECK THE HOLIDAY TIMETABLES BEFORE YOU TRAVEL If you are spending the holidays in Auckland, check our holiday timetables before you travel. Go to maxx.co.nz or call 09 366 6400 any day including Christmas Day. Have a happy summer. 7.01.06.32/10B Pinot noir tops awards The Air New Zealand Wine Awards, hailed by New Zealand Wine- growers as the country s most prestigious wine show, has honoured Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009 as the supreme champion wine of the show. The pinot noir category wooed the judges, who awarded 32 of the 107 gold medals to the country s most popu- lar red. Sauvignon blanc and chardonnay took 14 gold medals each. West Brook Wai- mauku Chardonnay 2008 was the only gold medal winner from grapes grown north of the Auckland harbour bridge, while West Brook Marlborough Gewurz- traminer 2009 claimed its second gold medal in two months. Coopers Creek SV Gimblett Gravels Caber- net Sauvignon Merlot 2007 and Coopers Creek Marlborough Riesling also brought home gold medals for Rodney-based wineries. Nineteen trophies were awarded, with the Peregrine pinot winning three. Best buy of the competition is double trophy winner Villa Maria Private Bin Dry Riesling 2010. An unusual feature of the Air New Zealand Wine Awards is the awarding of elite gold medals to wines bestowed with exception- ally high scores. Two pinot noir elites went to under-$20 wines -- Wai- para Hills Waipara Pinot Noir 2009 and Durvillea Marlborough Pinot Noir 2009. Another feature is the pure gold, silver and bronze medals for wines accredited or certified through independently audited sustainability programmes. Vineyards, wineries and packaging have to adhere to the programme criteria and all wines entered into any New Zealand Winegrowers event, from vintage 2010 onwards, must comply. This has left a sour taste in some of the smaller wine producers mouths, not only because of the annual pro- gramme fees but also for the time it takes to fill out the forms that detail every step of the grape- growing, winemaking and packaging process. Many of the country s smallest winegrowers are couples whose lifestyle choice is winegrowing and follow the best practice model anyway. Trophy winning wines -- Wine of the show, Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009; sustainable wine, Gibbston Valley China Terrace Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009; pinot noir, Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009; chardonnay, Villa Maria Reserve Hawke s Bay Chardonnay 2009; sauvignon blanc, Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010; other white, Millton Riverpoint Vineyard Gisborne Viognier 2009; syrah, Squawk- ing Magpie The Stoned Crow Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2008; pinot gris, Mud House Estate Home Block Waipara Pinot Gris 2010; other red, Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Temp- ranillo 2008; gewurztraminer, Waimea Nelson Gewurztram- iner 2010; merlot, Church Road Cuve´ Hawke s Bay Merlot 2007; riesling, Villa Maria Pri- vate Bin Marlborough Dry Riesling 2010; cabernet sau- vignon or merlot/cabernet blend, Te Awa Field Hawke s Bay Merlot Malbec 2009; sparkling wine, The Sounds Marlborough Methode Traditionnelle 2007; dessert wine, Allan Scott Late Harvest Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2008; open white, Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Dry Riesling 2010; open red, Per- egrine Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009; exhibition white, Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2007; exhibition red, Olssens Slapjack Creek Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009.
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