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, Verdeldo, 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

 

Key Dates

Entries Open
3 August

Entries Close
5 October

Judging Weekend
15 and 16 October

Results Available
20 October

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

2015 International Aromatic Wine Competition

Trophy Winners

SUPREME CHAMPION WINE IN SHOW TROPHY

Marlborough Sounds Sauvigon Blanc Marlborough
Region - Marlborough
Website - www.pinnacledrinks.com.au


CHAMPION RIESLING TROPHY

Zephyr Riesling 2014
Region - Marlborough
Website - www.zephyrwine.com


CHAMPION SAUVIGNON BLANC TROPHY

Marlborough Sounds Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Region - Marlborough
Website - www.pinnacledrinks.com.au


CHAMPION GEWURZTRAMINER TROPHY

Mud House Marlborough Gewurztraminer
Region - Marlborough
Website - mudhousewines.co.nz


CHAMPION OTHER AROMATIC TROPHY

Left Field Gisborne Albarino 2015
Region - Gisborne
Website - www.teawa.com


CHAMPION PINOT GRIS

Starborough Family Estate Pinot Gris 2015
Region - Marlborough
Website - www.starborough.co.nz


CHAMPION ROSE

Soho White Collection Pinot Noir Rose 2015
Region - Marlborough
Website - www.sohowineco.com


 

Medal Winners

GOLD MEDAL

Riesling
Clark Estate Riesling Block 8 2015
Marble Point Riesling Classic 2013
Peter Yealands Riesling 2015
Zephyr Riesling 2014

Sauvignon Blanc
Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Charles Wiffen Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Isabel Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Lawson's Dry Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Marlborough Sounds Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Starborough Family Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015
The Kings Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Toi Toi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Pinot Gris
Aronui Single Vineyard Nelson Pinot Gris 2015
Isabel Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
Starborough Family Estate Pinot Gris 2015
Tohu Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015

Gewurztraminer
Mud House Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2015
Hawkesbridge Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2015
Crossroads Milestone Series Gewurztraminer 2014
Omihi Road Gewurztraminer 2014

Aromatic Red
Brightwater Vineyards Nelson Pinot Noir 2014

Aromatic Rose
Soho White Collection Pinot Noir Rose 2015

Other Aromatic Varieties
Left Field Gisborne Albarino 2015
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Gruner Veltliner 2015

Sweet Aromatic Varieties 
Giesen The Brothers Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Saint Clair Awatere Valley Reserve Noble Riesling 2013

 


SILVER MEDAL

Riesling
Black Peak Riesling 2015
Charles Wiffen Riesling 2011
East Block Riesling 2015
Giesen Estate Riesling 2014
Maude, Dry Riesling, Mt Maude Vineyard 2015
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 9 Big John Riesling 2013
Soho Betty Lower Alcohol Riesling 2015
Thornbury Waipara Riesling 2015
Waimea Classic Riesling 2014
Zephyr Riesling 2013

Sauvignon Blanc
Giesen The Fuder Matthews Lane Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Graham Norton's Own Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Kimura Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Lawson's Dry Hill Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Lobster Reef Hidden Marker Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Massey Dacta Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Mt Vernon Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Rapaura Springs Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Spring Creek Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
The Luminary Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Thornbury Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Tiki Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Two Rivers Convergence Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Vidal Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Whalebone Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Yealands Estate Land Made Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Pinot Gris
Aspiring Flats Central Otago Pinot Gris 2015
Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2015
Left Field Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2015
Mud House Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
Petane Station Pinot Gris 2014
Saint Clair Godfrey's Creek Reserve Pinot Gris 2014
The Remarkables Central Otago Pinot Gris 2015
Thornbury Waipara Pinot Gris 2015
Wither Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Gris  2015

Gewurztraminer
Askerne Gewurztraminer 2014
Johanneshof Cellars Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2014
Lawson's Dry Hills Gewurztraminer 2014
Linden Estate Gewurztraminer 2014
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Gewurztraminer 2014

Viognier
Babich Family Estates Fernhill Viognier 2014
Coopers creek SV Gisborne Viognier 2015

Other Aromatic Varieties
Aronui Single Vineyard Nelson Albarino 2014
Babich Family Estates Headwaters Albarino 2015
Coopers Creek SV Gisborne Arneis Little Rascal 2014
Waimea Gruner Veltliner 2015
Waimea Sauvignon Gris 2015
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard PGR 2015

Sweet Aromatic Varieties
Hunters Hukapapa Marlborough Dessert Riesling 2014

Museum Class (2010 and older)
Omihi Road Riesling 2009

Aromatic Red
Thistle Ridge Pinot Noir 2014

Aromatic Rose
Aspiring Flats Central Otago Rose 2015
Brightwater Vineyards Sophies Kiss Rose 2015
Left Field Hawkes Bay Rose 2015
Lobster Reef Marlborough Rose 2015
Soho Westwood Rose 2015
Tiki Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir Rose 2015
Whistling Buoy Pinot Noir Rose 2015

 


BRONZE MEDAL

Riesling
36 Bottles Riesling 2013
36 Bottles Riesling 2014
Black Barn Hawkes Bay Single Vineyard Riesling 2014
Dragon Bones Spatlese Riesling 2013
Howard Park Riesling 2014
Hunter's Marlborough Riesling 2014
Hunter's Marlborough Riesling 2015
Lawson's Dry Hill Riesling 2014
Mt Beautiful North Canterbury Riesling 2012
Mud House Waipara Valley Riesling 2014
Pikes Riesling 2015
Rallentando Riesling 2012
Soho Maren Riesling 2015
St Andrews Riesling 2012
Straight 8 Estate Riesling 2013
Terrace Edge Classic Riesling 2013
Terrace Edge Liquid Geography Riesling 2014
Tohu Marlborough Riesling 2013
Waipara Hills Equinox Riesling 2013
West Brook Marlborough Riesling 2014
Willm Reserve Riesling 2013

Sauvignon Blanc
Awanui Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Babich Black Label Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Babich Family Estates Headwaters Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Bladen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Cape Campbell Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Clark Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Clark Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Clearwater Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Echo Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Four Hawk Day Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Giesen The August Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Giesen The Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Giesen The Fuder Dillons Point Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Goosebay Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Hunter's Marlbrough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Invivo Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Kingfisher Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Latitude 41 Sauvignon  Blanc 2014
Mana Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Massey Dacta Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Mt Vernon Sauvignon Blanc (low alcohol)2015
Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Rapaura Springs Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Red Card Cauvignon Blanc 2013
Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 20 Cash Block Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Spinyback Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Stoneburn Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Taylors Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Te Mania Sauvignon Blanc 2014
The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc 2015
The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2015
The Sounds Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Thistle Ridge Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Villa Maria Reserve Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Sauvignon Blanc 2015
W5 Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Waipara Springs Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Yealands Estate Single Block L5 Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Yealands Estate Single Block S1 Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Yealands Estate Winemakers Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Zephyr Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Pinot Gris
Ant Moore Pinot Gris 2015
Askerne Pinot Gris 2014
Bladen Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
Brightwater Vineyards Nelson Pinot Gris 2015
Charles Wiffen Pinot Gris 2014
Coopers Creek NZ Pinot Gris 2015
Hawkesbridge Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
Hunter's Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
Johanneshof Cellars Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
Kina Cliffs Pinot Gris 2014
Latitude 41 Pinot Gris 2014
Maude Pinot Gris , Mt Maude Vineyard 2015
Maui Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
Mount Riley Pinot Gris 2015
Mt Beautiful North Canterbury Pinot Gris 2014
Mt Vernon Pinot Gris 2015
Mud House Single Vineyard Home Block Pinot Gris 2014
Red Card Pinot Gris 2013
Saint Clair Pioneer Block S Bull Block Pinot Gris 2014
Soho Jagger Pinot Gris 2015
Soho White Collection Pinot Gris 2015
Thistle Ridge Pinot Gris 2013
Tiki Estate Marlbourough Pinot Gris 2015
Torea Pinot Gris 2014
Two Rivers Wairau Selection Pinot Gris 2015
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Pinot Gris 2014
Waimea Pinot Gris 2015
Waipara Hills Equinox Pinot Gris 2013
Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Gris 2014
Willm Reserve Pinot Gris 2014
Yealands Estate Land Made Pinot Gris 2015
Zenith Gisborne Pinot Gris 2015

Gewurztraminer
Villa Maria Private Bin East Coast Gewurztraminer 2015
Hunter's Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2014
Giesen The Brothers Gewurztraminer 2014
Zephyr Gewurztraminer 2015
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 12 Lone Gum Gewurztraminer 2014
Te Mania Gewurztraminer 2014
Cape Campbell Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2015
Saint Clair Godfrey's Creek Reserve Gewurztraminer 2013
Willowbrook Gisborne Gewurztraminer 2015
Hunter's Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2015
Bladen Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2015

Viognier
Petane Station Viognier 2014
Saint Clair Hawkes Bay Premium Viognier 2014

Other Aromatic Varieties
Aronui Single Vineyard Nelson Gruner Veltliner 2014
Coopers Creek SV Gisborne Albarino Bell Ringer 2015
Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Verdelho 2014
Peter Yealands PGR 2015
Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Gruner Veltliner 2014
Saint Clair pioneer Block S Bull Block Gruner Veltliner 2013
Villa Maria Private Bin East Coast Arneis 2013
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Organic Verdelho 2014
W5 Gruner Veltliner 2013
Yealands Estate Land Made PGR 2015

Aromatic Sparkling Varieties
Junction Persistence 2014

Sweet Aromatic Varieties
Hunters Late Harvest Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Saint Clair Godfrey's Creek Reserve Noble Pinot Gris 2014
Saint Clair Godfrey's Creek Reserve Noble Riesling 2013
The Kings A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Tohu Raiha Limited Release Marlborough Noble Riesling 2014

Museum Class (2010 and older)
Junction Sideline 2011

Aromatic Red
2014 Mud House Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
2014 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Noir 2014
Brightwater Vineyards Lord Rutherford Pinot Noir 2013
Coopers Creek SV Huapai Montepulciano Guido 2014
Linden Estate Merlot 2013
Te Mania Reserve Pinot Noir 2013
The Kings Wrath Pinot Noir 2014
The Ned Pinot Noir 2014
Tiki Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014
Waipara Spring Pinot Noir 2014

Aromatic Rose
36 Bottles Pinot Rose 2015
Ant Moore Rose 2015
Cape Campbell Marlborough Rose 2015
Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Pinot Gris Rose 2015
Two Rivers L'Ile De Beaute Rose 2015
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Rose 2015

 

Entry

Entries are now open for the 2016 competition.
 
Click here to download an 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

For further information contact TDM Events, ph (03) 343 3165 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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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