NEW ZEALAND: New World Wine Awards: number of Pinot Noir entries this year surpassed that of Sauvignon Blanc

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Jul-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the first time since the New World Wine Awards competition began 15 years ago, the number of entries of Pinot Noir has surpassed that of Sauvignon Blanc. The number of entries in the Sauvignon Blanc class is consistent with previous years, but there has been a 47% increase in the number of Pinot Noir entries this year.

Chair of the New World Wine Awards judging panel, Jim Harré, says, “We are looking forward to tasting all wines entered, and especially to evaluating the Pinot Noir class, which this year has attracted the largest number of entries overtaking the number of entries in the Sauvignon Blanc class for the first time.”

A 16-stong panel of independent expert wine judges are set to taste a record 1,400 different wines covering a full range of varietals. With the numbers of entries growing every year, an extra three expert judges have been added to the panel, alongside returning judges and the judging panel Chair who celebrates his 10th anniversary leading the show.

Jim says that he is proud to have been part of building the profile of the Awards and seeing it become an important fixture on the wine calendar.

“The year-on-year increase in entries reflects winemakers’ confidence in the integrity of this wine show and the benefits that winning a New World Wine Awards medal brings. The calibre of our judging panel is another strong indicator of the strength of the competition.

“Each of the judges has many years of experience judging at a range of New Zealand and international wine shows. They bring their individual and collective experience and expertise to bear when judging the New World Wine Awards,” said Mr Harré.

This year’s judging line-up includes three wine experts who are new to the New World Wine Awards. They are: International guest judge, Meg Brodtmann, one of Australia’s most respected wine industry experts and holder of the prestigious Master of Wine qualification; Cameron Douglas, New Zealand’s only Master Sommelier; and Dr. Rebecca Deed, an expert in microbiology and oenology, bringing an added technical perspective to the panel.

Returning judges are Simon Fell (Thornbury Wines), Ben Glover (Zephyr), Jack Glover (Accolade Wines), Terry Copeland (Wine Consultant), James Rowan (West Brook Winery), Olly Masters (Misha’s Vineyard), Jane Boyle (Wine Consultant), Barry Riwai (Alpha Domus), Sam Kim (Wine Orbit), Sarah-Kate Dineen (Maude Wines), Simon Nunns (Coopers Creek) and Jane Cooper (Alexia).

“It is a great testament to the regard the wine industry has for the New World Wine Awards that so many of our judges return to our judging panel each year and that we are able to attract new judges of the calibre of those who are joining us this year,” said Mr Harré.

The panel will taste and judge wines using the same internationally-recognised 100 points system as other leading wine shows. They will award Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals, re-taste top scoring wines to rank them for inclusion in the New World Top 50 and re-taste the best wines again to determine the Champions of each main varietal and an overall Champion Red and Champion White.

In order to be eligible for entry to the New World Wine Awards, wines must retail for $25 or less and there must be at least 5,000 bottles (or 3,500 for niche varietals) available for sale through New World supermarkets nationwide. This ensures the award-winning wines are more accessible for wine lovers than is often the case for other wine awards.

The results of the New World Wine Awards will be announced later in the year, and the Top 50 winning wines will available in New World stores. The results are eagerly anticipated by wine lovers, reflected in the speed some of the medal-winners typically sell out after they are announced.

“The high level of public interest in the New World Wine Awards results shows that it has an important place in the industry, given its unique focus on affordability and availability of wines,” said Mr Harré.

\The judging of the New World Wine Awards is taking place at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium, one of the only suitable venues for such a large event, from 31 July-2 August.

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1,319 entries in the New World Wine Awards this year

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Oct-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 2016 New World Wine Awards Top 50 wines are more popular than ever with several already close to selling out just 10 days since the results were announced.

Jim Harré, chair of the independent expert judging panel, says each wine entered in the competition must have at least 5,000 bottles available for sale, so there is good availability of the award-winning wines.

“Given that all wines entered must also be priced under $25, and the increasing recognition among wine lovers of the calibre of this influential wine show, it’s not surprising that these award-winning wines are proving so popular,” says Mr Harré.

The Champion Chardonnay, Clearview Estate Beachhead Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2015 and the Champion Single Red Varietal, Sandalford Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 and five other Gold Medal-winning wines are now very low in stock nationwide:

• Saint Clair James Sinclair Marlborough Chardonnay 2014
• Henry’s Drive Pillar Box Red Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
• Goldfields Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
• Mount Riley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015
• Waimea Nelson Pinot Gris 2015

“>While there may be limited opportunities for wine lovers to find these wines in their local New World, the good news is there are lots of other Gold Medal wines to choose from. These are showcased in New World supermarkets nationwide, in the New World Wine Awards 2016 catalogue and online.

This year there were 1,319 entries in the New World Wine Awards. The 13-strong independent panel of wine experts who judged the wines using the same internationally recognised points system as all other major wine shows, awarded 88 Gold, 192 Silver and 499 Bronze medals. The best wines in each category were then re-tasted to determine the Champion wine of each key varietal.

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New World Wine Awards 2016 releases results

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The results of the New World Wine Awards released today highlight the quality of the 2016 vintage. New vintage wines won 137 of 779 medals in this year’s New World Wine Awards, including taking out 15 Gold Medals and three varietal Champion awards.

The results of the New World Wine Awards released today highlight the quality of the 2016 vintage. New vintage wines won 137 of 779 medals in this year’s New World Wine Awards, including taking out 15 Gold Medals and three varietal Champion awards.

The judging for the New World Wine Awards takes place mid-year, making this the first major wine show of the year to evaluate new vintage wines. There were twice as many new vintage wines entered this year, as well as a record number of entries overall, reflecting the value winemakers see in entering these awards.

Jim Harré, Chair of the Judging Panel, said, “The quality of the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc entries, predominantly from New Zealand vineyards, exceeded the judging panel’s expectations.

“This is a real testament to the skill of winemakers, who’ve produced medal-winning Sauvignon Blanc wines that are restrained and elegant with a lovely balance of acidity and fruit. Other new vintage varietals that stood out were Pinot Gris and Rosé, with 2016 vintage wines in each of these classes taking out Champion awards,” said Jim Harré.

The 13-strong independent panel of wine experts who judged the 1,319 wines entered, according to the same internationally recognized points system as all other major wine shows, awarded 779 medals overall, including 88 Gold, 192 Silver and 499 Bronze medals. The best wines in each category were then re-tasted to determine the Champion wines, eight out of ten of which are from New Zealand vineyards.

New to the judging panel this year were guest international judge Sue Hodder, one of Australia’s most well-known winemakers and one of the country’s leading wine judges, Alastair Maling who is one of the elite group of experts globally to hold the Master of Wine qualification, and Simon Fell. They joined returning judges Jane Boyle, Terry Copeland, Simon Nunns, Jack Glover, Sam Kim, Dr Alastair Leggat, Olly Masters, James Rowan, and Barry Riwai.

“The calibre of the judging panel and integrity of the judging process are essential elements for any serious wine show, and we are fortunate to have such an eminent and experienced panel of judges for the New World Wine Awards. The panel includes some judges who have wine making backgrounds, providing a technical perspective, combined with others that bring a more consumer-oriented perspective.

“The New World Wine Awards attracts such high quality judges and ever-increasing numbers of high quality entries because of the robustness and credibility of the awards, and the unique focus of this wine show on affordability and availability of wines to consumers,” said Jim Harré.

In order to be eligible for entry to the New World Wine Awards the wines entered must retail for $25 or less and there must be at least 5,000 bottles available for sale. This ensures the award-winning wines are more accessible for wine lovers than is often the case for other wine awards.

“Wine lovers are increasingly recognizing the value of these awards for taking the guesswork out of choosing quality wine and eagerly anticipate the results of the New World Wine Awards each year, as reflected by how quickly some of the winning wines are snapped up,” said Mr Harré.

Following the announcement of the 2015 New World Wine Awards results last year, 323,000 bottles of wine, with a retail value in excess of $4.6m, sold in the first six weeks of the promotion. Some Champion wines were so popular that they sold-out within the first 10 days.

A video clip of the judging process, wine and food matches, wine finder guide and the full results of the New World Wine Awards 2016 are available on www.newworld.co.nz/wineawards. The Top 50 Gold Medal-winning wines are available nationwide at most New World stores.

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Entries now open for the 2016 New World Wine Awards

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-May-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Entries are now open for the 2016 New World Wine Awards, a wine show that provides winemakers with the opportunity to enjoy direct, tangible commercial benefits from their award-winning wines. In addition to the distinction of an award that judges quality on the same basis as all other wine competitions, winning wines are guaranteed national distribution and extensive promotion, driving sustained sales.

Mark Bowers of Rapaura Springs, the vineyard behind the 2015 New World Wine Awards Champion Sauvignon Blanc said they saw an immediate boost in sales of their Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.

“We enjoyed a huge boost in sales and brand awareness because our Champion wine was in every New World throughout the country and because of the promotional support that is wrapped around top wines that win medals at the awards. Other wine shows just don’t have the distribution and retail network to support the award winners in the same way,” he said.

Chair of the independent judging panel, Jim Harré, said the New World Wine Awards has grown yearon-year to become such an important fixture on the wine calendar because of the credibility of the awards, the benefits to winemakers, and the unique focus of this wine show on affordability and availability of wines.

In order to be eligible for entry to the New World Wine Awards the wines entered must retail for $25 or less and there must be at least 5,000 bottles available for sale through New World’s supermarkets nationwide. This ensures the award-winning wines are more accessible for wine lovers than is often the case for other wine awards.

“The calibre of the judging panel and integrity of the judging process are essential elements for any serious wine show, and that is certainly the case for the New World Wine Awards,” said Mr Harré.

Chaired by Jim Harré every year since 2008, the New World Wine Awards judging panel includes 12 other independent expert wine judges, many of whom return to the panel each year. This year’s guest international judge is Sue Hodder, one of Australia’s most well-known winemakers and senior winemaker for Wynns Coonawarra Estate in South Australia.

The judging panel blind taste and judge each wine using the same internationally recognised 20-point scale as other leading wine shows. They award Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, with the best wines in each category re-tasted to determine the Champion wine of each varietal, plus the overall Champion Red and Champion White.

“Wine lovers are increasingly recognising and eagerly anticipating the results of the New World Wine Awards each year, as reflected by how quickly some of the winning wines are snapped up,” said Mr Harré.

Following the announcement of the 2015 New World Wine Awards results last year, 323,000 bottles of wine, with a retail value in excess of $4.6m, sold in the first six weeks of the promotion last year. Some Champion wines were so popular that they sold-out within the first 10 days.

The judging will take place over three days at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium in August, with results announced later in the year.

Entries to the New World Wine Awards close on Friday, 24 June. All details can be found online.

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Entries now open for the 2016 New World Wine Awards

Entries now open for the 2016 New World Wine Awards

New World Wine Awards become one of New Zealand’s leading wine shows, with a record 1,332 entries this year

  • Year-on-year growth in entries has seen the New World Wine Awardsbecome one of New Zealand’s leading wine shows, with a record 1,332 entries this year.
  • At this scale, the independent judging panel of 13 wine experts will be required to blind-taste up to 120 wines each per day over three days from 3-5 August.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2015-8-6— /EPR Retail News/ — Chair of judges Jim Harré attributes this sustained growth to winemakers’ confidence in the integrity of the process, with wines judged using the same internationally-recognised points system as all other leading wine awards, and the benefits of these awards over others in terms of distribution and promotion of medal-winning wines.

This year’s guest international judge is Dr Rowald Hepp, director and head winemaker of Schloss Vollrads in the Rhine Valley of Germany, a castle and wine estate that has been making Riesling for over 800 years. He joins 12 local wine experts on the judging panel including chair of judges and wine industry personality Jim Harré, as well as Kate Radburnd, Barry Riwai, Dr Alastair Leggat, Jane Boyle, Olly Masters, Sam Kim, Simon Nunns, Jane Cooper, Sarah Burton, James Rowan and Jack Glover.

Also contributing to driving up the number of entries this year was a change to the minimum number of bottles available for sale to be eligible to enter, down from 6,000 to 5,000. There are further reductions to the minimum stockholding for lesser-known varietals such as some aromatics and dessert wines, which are typically made in smaller quantities.

“This gives consumers nationwide the chance to get to know some of the lesser-known varietals by trying medal-winning wines that have been judged by an independent panel of expert wine judges,” says Mr Harré.

As well as availability of wines being one of the key criteria for entry – hence the minimum stockholding requirement – the other unique feature of the New World Wine Awards is that affordability is also paramount. Wines entered must retail for $25 or less.

“More and more people are choosing to buy their wine at the supermarket at the same time as they stop and get what they need for dinner, so the New World Wine Awards takes the guess work out of choosing award winning wines at a great price,” says Mr Harré.

Sales of the New World Wine Awards medal-winning wines attest to consumer confidence in these awards. In the first six weeks of the 2014 results being announced in September, 282,000 bottles of the ‘Top 50’ wines with a retail value of $4.2 million flew off New World supermarket shelves.

The independent panel of wine experts will judge the wines entered in the awards from the 3-5 August at Te Papa Museum in Wellington, scoring each wine according to the internationally recognised 20- point system. The judges will award Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, with the best wines in each category re-tasted to determine the Champion wine of each varietal, plus the overall Champion Red and Champion White.

Eight associate judges selected from New World’s nationwide team of Liquor Managers will also join the judges. Their scores do not count towards the final marks, but they have the opportunity to provide their opinions on each wine and learn from the professional wine judges. This judging experience helps them enhance the way they select wines for the New World cellars, and assist customers with questions about wine.

Award-winning wines will be announced in September 2015.

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New Zealand wines took more medals than ever before at the New World Wine Awards 2014 with Shiraz/Syrah category as a stand-out performer

Waiheke, New Zealand, 2014-9-30— /EPR Retail News/ — The highest number of medals ever was awarded at the New World Wine Awards 2014, following a record number of entries. Among the full range of varietals entered, the Shiraz/Syrah category was a stand-out performer with the highest number of medals awarded among the red wine varietals and the second-highest number of medals overall, second only to Sauvignon Blanc.

Within the Shiraz/Syrah class, New Zealand wines took more medals than ever before, with a record-breaking three Gold medals for wines from Hawke’s Bay including the Ngatarawa Stables Reserve Syrah 2013, which was voted by the judges as best overall in the Shiraz/Syrah category.

“The New World Wine Awards Shiraz/Syrah category medals are usually dominated by Australian wines, but we were pleasantly surprised to see some incredibly strong New Zealand entries come through this year,” says Jim Harré, Chair of the judging panel.

“The quality of wines entered overall was outstanding. I think this reflects the wine industry’s growing recognition of the credibility and value of the New World Wine Awards, which are judged using the same internationally recognised 20-point system as all other major wine shows but are focused on wines that retail for $25 or less and have more than 6,000 bottles available for sale,” says Mr Harré.

Of the 1,165 wines entered, the judging panel awarded 63 Gold, 160 Silver and 454 Bronze medals – 677 medals overall. Of these, three New Zealand wines took the top honours in the final ‘taste-off’ to determine the Champion Red, White and Sparkling Wines:

  • Champion Red – Thistle Ridge Pinot Noir 2013
  • Champion White – The King’s Bastard Chardonnay 2013
  • Champion Bubbles – Lindauer Rosé NV

The Champion Red, Thistle Ridge Pinot Noir 2013, was one of eight New Zealand Pinot Noir wines that won gold medals, up from five last year. The judging panel was impressed by the quality of this wine, particularly given the price point.

This year, the independent panel of 13 expert wine judges included guest international judge, Sam Harrop, who was voted the “10th most influential wine consultant in the world” by Drinks Business in 2013 and is one of only 312 wine experts globally to hold the prestigious Masters of Wine qualification.

“The New World Wine Awards are judged up to the same standard as other leading wine shows I have been involved with around the world, and the quality of the entries exceeded my expectations given the focus on affordable and widely available wines,” says Sam Harrop.

All medal-winning wines are distributed and promoted in New World’s 138 supermarkets nationwide. Food and wine matches, video clips of the judging process, recipes and full competition results are available on the New World Wine Awards 2014 website. The top 50 selection of Gold medal-winning wines will be showcased in the New World Wine Awards booklet available online and in stores from 29 September.

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