The aim of ​the New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition (formerly known as the International Aromatic Wine Competition) is to highlight to the wine industry and consumers the best wines commercially available.

About

The New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition, now in its fourteenth year, focuses on aromatic wines including Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Viognier and other wine varieties including Muscat, Verdelho, Arneis, Rose and Sauvignon Gris, made in an aromatic style from any internationally recognised region. The purpose of the competition is to highlight to consumers the best aromatic wine varieties available in the New Zealand market for the wine drinker.

The competition is held in conjunction with the Canterbury A&P Show, New Zealand’s largest Agricultural and Pastoral Show. Winning wines will be on display in the Food & Wine Village at the Canterbury A&P Show, 9-11 November 2016.

Click here for 2016 results.

Read the full media release here.

 


 

NEW: New Zealand Winemaker of the Year

The New Zealand Winemaker of the Year Competition is a specialised wine competition to celebrate the highest levels of ability and achievement for New Zealand winemakers. This new competition was created in 2016 to compliment the New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition and replaces the New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year Competition.

Letting the wines represent the winemaker, the NZ Winemaker of the Year entrants supply three wines of different grape varieties or wine styles which best demonstrates the scope and breadth of their winemaking ability. Entrants must also send a 100-word bio about themselves and a 300-500 word essay on the vineyard and fruit selection that has gone into the wines submitted.

The 2016 New Zealand Winemaker of the Year is Patrick Newton, Mudbrick Vineyard.

 

Key Dates

Wine on Show

Canterbury A&P Show - Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 November 2016

 

 

 

 

2016 Judges

 

Terry Copeland
Terry is a vastly experienced New Zealand wine judge, first judging at the Royal Easter Wine Show in 1995 and over the past 21 years has judged at over 60 wine competitions. In addition, Terry has been a judge at wine competitions in the UK, USA, Japan, Australia and China. As a wine specialist he has contributed to 6 international wine books and was a Wine Article of the Year finalist at the prestigious International Gourmet Summit Awards in Singapore in 2002, whilst being Wine Editor for Wine & Dine magazine in Hong Kong. Terry is currently CEO of New Zealand Young Farmers – an historic membership organisation focused on attracting and developing the next generation of rural leaders. 

 

Sam Kim
Sam has been involved for the past 25 years in New Zealand hospitality, wine retail, importing and distribution, as well as running wine courses and master classes. He holds a Certificate in Winemaking from EIT (Hawke’s Bay), and has been judging wine for the last 16 years for various wine competitions and magazines. Sam is also a regular panel member for Cuisine magazine, he publishes wine review magazine Wine Orbit, writes for the Yahoo New Zealand Lifestyle/Food page and contributes to Cuisine Wine Country, as well as various trade magazines.

 

Jim Harre
Jim and his wife own and operate The Gates Country Lodge; a boutique luxury lodge situated in New Zealand's South  Island. Jim has judged at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Liquorland Top 100 Wine Show, Easter Show Wine Awards, San Francisco International Wine Competition, London Decanter World Wine Awards and the Japan International Wine Challenge. Jim is currently a Senior Judge with New Zealand Winegrowers, Chairman of Judges for the New World Wine Awards and a Wine Consultant for Air New Zealand.

 

Kate Radburnd
Kate has been winemaking in New Zealand for 28 years, with consistent national and international trophy success with her wines throughout her winemaking career. In 1993 Kate became co-owner of Pask Winery and was appointed Managing Director in 1999. Kate has been a director of New Zealand Winegrowers since 1999, is Deputy Chair of The Wine Institute of New Zealand and a wine consultant to Air New Zealand. She is a senior wine judge and was the recipient of the Sir George Fistonich Medal in 2012 for services to New Zealand wine.

 

Petter Evans
Petter has been involved in the New Zealand wine industry for more than 20 years. A graduate of Roseworthy College in 1984 he has worked for wineries in Germany and as a winemaker in Canterbury including St Helena, Waipara West and  now with Sherwood Estate. Petter has judged previously for the Bragato Wine Awards and International Aromatic Wine Competition.

 

Jane Boyle
Jane has been involved in the New Zealand and Australian wine industries for over 25 years. As a Wine Consultant and Wine Judge she tastes many thousands of wines each year. Jane has previously judged at the International Aromatic Wine Competition, Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, Bragato Wine Awards, New Zealand International Wine Show, International Cool Climate Wine Show (Victoria), International Chardonnay Challenge, New World Wine Awards and the Liquorland Top 100. She is also a regular judging panellist for Cuisine”magazine.

 

Jane Cooper

Jane Cooper is an experienced winemaker with 23 years of international experience and her own wine label, Alexia. Winemaking has taken Jane to Chile, the Hunter Valley, Italy and throughout New Zealand. She is currently working with Matahiwi Estate in the Wairarapa as general manager and chief winemaker and consults to Ohau Wines on the Kapiti Coast. Jane has previously judged at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, the Air New Zealand Wine Awards and the New World Wine Awards.

 

Results

2016 New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition

Trophy Winners

NEW ZEALAND WINEMAKER OF THE YEAR

Patrick Newton
Mudbrick Vineyard
Website - www.mudbrick.co.nz


SUPREME CHAMPION WINE IN SHOW TROPHY

2016 Hunter’s Gewürztraminer
Region - Marlborough
Website - www.hunters.co.nz


CHAMPION RIESLING TROPHY

TOHU Single Vineyard Riesling 2015
Region - Marlborough
Website - www.tohuwines.co.nz


CHAMPION SAUVIGNON BLANC TROPHY

Villa Maria Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Region - Wairau Valley
Website - www.villamaria.co.nz


CHAMPION GEWÜRZTRAMINER TROPHY

2016 Hunter’s Gewürztraminer
Region - Marlborough
Website - www.hunters.co.nz


CHAMPION OTHER AROMATIC TROPHY

Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Grüner Vetliner 2015
Region - Marlborough
Website - www.saintclair.co.nz


CHAMPION PINOT GRIS TROPHY

Baby Doll Pinot Gris 2016
Region - Marlborough
Website - www.babydollwines.co.nz


CHAMPION ROSÉ TROPHY

Matawhero Pinot Rosé 2016
Region - Gisborne
Website - www.matawhero.co.nz


 CHAMPION CANTERBURY WINE TROPHY

Waipara River Estate Riesling SVR 2012
Region - Canterbury
Website - www.waiparariver.com

 


 

Medal Winners

GOLD MEDAL

Riesling

TOHU Single Vineyard Riesling 2015
Loveblock Marlborough Bone Dry Riesling 2011
Rockburn Central Otago Parkburn Riesling 2010
Waipara River Estate Riesling SVR 2012

Sauvignon Blanc
Tiki Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Villa Maria Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Saint ClairWairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Clearwater Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2016
The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Giesen The Fuder Matthews Lane Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Ara Single Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Pinot Gris
Junction Pastime Pinot Gris 2015
Kina Cliffs Pinot Gris 2016
Babydoll Pinot Gris 2016
Soho Jagger Pinot Gris 2016
Anna’s Way Pinot Gris 2016
Mount Michael Pinot Gris 2016
Ara Single Estate Pinot Gris 2015

Gewürztraminer
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Gewürztraminer 2014
2016 Hunter’s Gewürztraminer
Spy Valley Gewürztraminer 2015

Other Aromatic Varieties
Coopers Creek SV The Little Rascal Gisborne Arneis 2014
Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Gruner Veltliner 2015

Sweet Aromatic Varieties
Giesen The Brothers Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Rosé
Matawhero Pinot Rosé 2016
Aspiring Flats Central Otago Rosé 2016

Museum Class 2011 and older
The Craft Series Pride & Glory Sauvignon Blanc 2011

 



SILVER MEDAL

Riesling
Double Corner Riesling Dry 2011
Mondillo Riesling 2016
Coopers Creek Limited Release Marlborough Riesling 2016
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Riesling 2016
Thornbury Waipara Riesling 2016
Isabel Marlborough Dry Riesling 2016
Double Corner Riesling 2013
The Boneline Hellblock Riesling 2014
ARONUI Riesling 2014
Domaine Rewa Riesling Medium 2014
Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Riesling 2015
Mt Beautiful North Canterbury Riesling 2015
Thomas’s Back Riesling 2015
Lobster Reef Marlborough Riesling 2016
Spinyback Riesling 2016
Ngatarawa Cellar Door Riesling 2016
Black Peak Riesling 2016
Two Rivers ‘Juliet’ Riesling 2016

Sauvignon Blanc
The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2016
TOHU Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Yealands Estate Land Made Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Thornbury Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Isabel Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Soho Stella Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Caythorpe Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Paradox Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Giesen the August Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Loveblock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Giesen The Fuder Dillons Point Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Bladen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Hawesbridge Reserve Black Label Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Pinot Gris
Loveblock Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014
Coopers Creek SV The Pointer Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
TOHU Awatere Valley Pinot Gris  2016
Bladen Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016
Leefield Station Pinot Gris 2016
Maude Pinot Gris 2016
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016
Yealands Estate Land Made Pinot Gris 2016
Vista Pinot Gris - Nelson 2016
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Gris 2016
Johner Estate Pinot Gris 2016
Goose Bay Pinot Gris 2016
Waipara Hills Pinot Gris 2016
Luminary Pinot Gris 2016
The Crossings Pinot Gris 2016
Ara Select Blocks Pinot Gris 2014
Charles Wiffen Pinot Gris 2015
Waimea Pinot Gris 2016

Gewürztraminer
ARONUI GewÜrztraminer 2015
Lawson’s Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2015
Bladen Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2016
W5 Gewürztraminer 2014

Other Aromatic Varieties
The Craft Series Examplar Viognier 2012
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Organic Verhelho 2014
Linden Estate Viognier 2014
Saint Clair Hawke’s Bay Premium Viognier 2015
ARONUI Albarino 2015
Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Verdelho  2016
Aspiring Flats Central Otago Trio 2016
Left Field Gisborne Albarino 2016
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Gruner Veltiner 2016
Decibel ‘Bridge Pa Vineyard’ Viognier 2016

Sweet Aromatic Varieties
Saint Clair Awatere Valley Reserve Noble Riesling 2013
TOHU Raiha Reserve Noble Riesling 2014
Hukapapa Riesling Dessert Wine 2014

Rosé
The Ned Pinot Rosé 2016
Tiki Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir/Rosé 2016
Left Field Hawkes Bay Rosé 2016
Lil Rippa East Coast Rosé 2016
TOSQ Pinot Noir Rosé 2016

 



BRONZE MEDAL

Riesling
Double Corner Riesling Dry 2012
The Boneline Dry Riesling 2015
Straight 8 Esate Dry Riesling 2015
Spy Valley Riesling 2014
Kahurangi Dry Riesling 2014
Loveblock Marlborough Bone Dry Riesling 2014
St Andrews Riesling 2016
Taylors Riesling 2016
The Divine Daugther Off Dry Riesling 2010
Ragtime Riesling 2014
Ngatarawa Cellar Door Riesling 2015
Waipara Hills Equinox Riesling 2015
Waimea Classic Riesling 2015
Johner Estate Riesling Waiarapa 2016
Clark Estate Block 8 Riesling 2016
Waipara Hills Riesling 2016

Sauvignon Blanc
Matawhero Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Flying Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Tiki Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Starborough Family Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Coopers Creek Limited Release Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Kina Cliffs Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Bladen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Riparian Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Two Rivers Convergence Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Leefield Station Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Coopers Creek Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Villa Maria Reserve Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Coopers Creek SV Dillons Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Mount Vernon Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Vidal Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Mt Olympus Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Cable Station Road Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 20 Cash Block Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Kingfisher Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Saint Clair James Sinclair Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Black Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Marlborough Sounds Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Boreham Wood Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Giesen Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Yealands Estate Single Block L5 Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Silver Moki Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Soho White Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Awatere River By Louis Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Lobster Reef Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Anna’s Way Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Linden Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Pretty Paddock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Waipara Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Ara Select Blocks Sauvingon Blanc 2014
Hartley’s Block Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Fire Road Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Lowlands Marlborough Sauvingnon Blanc 2015
Invivo Marlborough Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Pretty Paddock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Pinot Gris
Paddy Borthwick Pinot Gris 2014
Mt Beautiful North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2014
TOSQ Pinot Gris 2014
Spy Valley Pinot Gris 2015
Vidal Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
Saint Clair James Sinclair Pinot Gris 2015
Edwin Fox Reserve Pinot Gris 2015
Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Pinot Gris 2015
Spinyback Pinot Gris 2015
The Kings Thorn Pinot Gris 2016
Starborough Family Estate Pinot Gris 2016
Askerne Pinot Gris 2016
Coopers Creek Limited Release Gisborne Pinot Gris 2016
ARONUI Pinot Gris 2016
Peter Yealands Pinot Gris 2016
Riparian Gisborne Pinot Gris 2016
Hunter’s Pinot Gris 2016
Two Rivers ‘Brookby Hill’ Pinot Gris 2016
Cape Campbell Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016
Isabel Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016
Lobster Reef Black Label Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016
Clearwater Cove Pinot Gris 2016
Awatere River By Louis Vavasour Pinot Gris 2016
Thomas Pinot Gris 2014 2014
Hawkesbridge Marlborough Pinot Gris 2016
Giesen Estate Pinot Gris 2016

Gewürztraminer
Glazebrook HG Gewürztraminer 2015
Villa Maria Private Bin East Coast Gewürztraminer 2016
Waipara Hills Gewürztraminer 2016
Omihi Road Gewürztraminer 2014
Askerne Gewürztraminer 2015

Other Aromatic Varieties
ARONUI Gruner Veltliner 2014
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Gruner Veltliner 2014
TOHU Single Vineyard Viognier 2015
Askerne Viognier 2015
Peter Yealands P.G.R. (B2) 2015
Babich Family Estate Headwaters Albarino 2015
Coopers Creek SV Cook County Gisborne Viognier 2015
Stanley Estate Albarino Single Vineyard 2015
Clark Estate Pinot Grigio 2016
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard P.G.R 2015
Waimea Sauvignon Gris 2015
Waimea Gruner Veltliner 2016
Waimea Albarino 2016
The Crossings Gruner Veltliner 2016

Sweet Aromatic Varieties
Junction Late Charge 2013
Stanrock - Noble Harvest 2014
Hunters Sauvignon Blanc Late Harvest 2014
Rockburn Central Otago Tigermoth Riesling 2015

Rosé
Marlborough Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Rosé 2015
Thomas Field Blend Rosé 2015 2015
Kina Cliffs Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
Bladen Marlborough Pinot Rosé 2016
Two Rivers L’Ile De Beaute Rosé 2016
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
Brightwater Vineyards Sophie’s Kiss Rosé 2016
Waimea Pinot Rosé 2016
Cape Campbell Marlborough Rosé 2016
Awatere River By Louis Vavasour Rosé 2016
Spencer Hill Rosé 2016
Waipara Hills Rosé 2016
Remarkables Central Otago Rosé 2016
Graham Norton’s Own “Pink by Design” Rosé 2016

Museum Class (2011 and older)
Waiapara Springs Promo Dry Riesling 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entry

Entries are now open for the 2016 competition. Click the links below to download entry forms
 
New Zealand Winemaker of the Year Competition - Entry Form

Personnel
Convenor: Kaylie Bradley, TDM Events
Chairman of Judges: Terry Copeland
Panel: Sam Kim, Kate Radburn, Jim Harre, Petter Evans, Jane Cooper, Jane Boyle

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Contact

Convenor: Kaylie Bradley, TDM Events

For further information contact:
TDM Events 
Phone 03 343 3165
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Peter Yealands Riesling  2015
Zephyr Riesling 2014