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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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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