Edited from Villa Maria Press release:
Gold awards are for a range Villa Maria Group’s classic wine varieties including Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Viognier.
Villa Maria Group wines also picked up 17 Silver and 34 Bronze awards in what is New Zealand’s most established international wine competition. International entries for the competition came from eight countries (including New Zealand) and Villa Maria Group received 15 of the total 81 golds awarded.
“To receive 15 gold medals across a range of varieties and regions is a tribute to the Villa Maria Group winemakers and our viticultural team in their determination to consistently produce quality wines that our customers will love” says Villa Maria Group Winemaker, Alastair Maling MW.
The Liquorland International Wine Competition is open for entries of all wines sold in the New Zealand market.
Director of the competition Belinda Jackson commented on the range of entries received: “As always, a wide range of wines were entered into the competition. We see the bar lifted each year as the quality of entries gets better, with wine faults declining and more focus is placed on quality fruit and winemaking”.
2010 Liquorland International Wine Competition trophy announcements will be made at the official awards function on Thursday 1 July 2010.
A summary of gold medal wins for Villa Maria and associated wineries are as follows:
Villa Maria Estate Single Vineyard Fletcher Riesling 2008
Villa Maria Estate Reserve Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Villa Maria Estate Reserve Barrique Fermented Chardonnay 2008
Villa Maria Estate Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2008
Villa Maria Estate Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2007
Villa Maria Estate Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2008
Villa Maria Estate Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2007
Villa Maria Estate Private Bin Viognier 2009
Villa Maria Estate Single Vineyard Omahu Viognier 2009
Villa Maria Estate Reserve Pinot Noir 2007
Villa Maria Estate Single Vineyard Southern Clays Pinot Noir 2008 }
Vidal East Coast Viognier 2009
Vidal Reserve Syrah 2006
Esk Valley Estate Winemakers Syrah 2007
Thornbury Central Otago Pinot Noir 2008