Gisborne Regional Wine Show awards (23 May 2015)
CORBANS CHARDONNAY TAKES TOP TROPHY AT AWARDS
Another “stunning” local chardonnay has triumphed at the 2015 Gisborne Regional Wine Awards, edging out 115 other wines to take the supreme trophy at the black tie dinner last night.
The Corbans 1902 Chardonnay 2013 scooped the pool, winning the GisVin Ltd Supreme Wine of Show, as well as the trophy for overall top wine and the chardonnay class. Lion, who own the Corbans label, were also the highest awarded wine company.
John Clarke was honoured for his outstanding contribution to the local wine industry, while Denis Irwin won the Bill Irwin Trophy for his efforts.
Matawhero Wines had a successful competition too, winning the overall top red and red and other blends class with their Pinot Noir 2013, which was also named in the Gisborne selection along with Matawhero Wines Chardonnay 2014. The chardonnay also won the unoaked chardonnay class. The Matawhero Church House Malbec 2013 won the malbec and blends class, while the Matawhero Church Road Chenin Blanc 2014 took out the other whites class.
Chair of judges, Simon Nunns, said the Corbans 1902 Chardonnay 2013 was a clear overall winner.
“It’s a big rich, opulent style of chardonnay,” he said. “It is one that has a lot going on, but still a place for everything and everything in its place. Corbans has been making good wines in this district for decades, so it a fitting win.”
The Corbans wine halted a record-breaking five in a row supreme wins from the Villa Maria Reserve Barrique Fermented Gisborne Chardonnay.
The team at Corbans were ecstatic with the win from a chardonnay described as capturing the regional essence of Gisborne and the fantastic 2013 vintage.
The barrel-fermented wine offers a complex medley of ripe fleshy stone fruit, a fine citrus line with layers of smoky toasty lingering oak.
Geoff Matthews, Lion Beer, Spirits and Wine New Zealand national operations director, said it was great, especially for the brand that was launched in October 2014.
The chardonnay comprises clone 15 from the Whitmore Vineyard in Ormond and mendoza from the Indevin Patutahi Vineyard. The grapes were machine picked in mid-March at 22.5 brix.
Fermentation was started in stainless steel tanks before being moved to a variety of French-oaked barrels for 18 months. It has about 30% new oak, with the balance a combination of one and two-year-old barrels. The wine was aged on lees for about 12 months.
Loin’s North Island operations winemaker Jane De Witt says she felt the wine was a winner from the start.
“It is just awesome to win this,” she said. “Gisborne does such a great chardonnay and this one is quite special. We wanted something that was a really punch chardonnay with lots of fruit, that was concentrated and balanced for the 1902 label. We wanted something that was a little bit different with that wow factor.”
Nine thousands litres has so far been bottled, with more in the tanks. While the wine is only available at selected restaurants and wine bars, that is expected to change in the future.
The award-winning wine is part of a special new label for Corbans, and pays homage to the company’s long-standing place in New Zealand winemaking.
1902 is when Corbans’ founder Assid Corban bought four hectares of land in Henderson . . . and so began a piece of viticultural history.
“If you take Corbans as a brand, it speaks for itself,” said Mr Matthews. “It has pioneered the New Zealand wine industry, and as the leader of the team for our business, I am proud to be able to continue the name.”
Although Marlborough based, Mr Matthews has strong links with the Gisborne region, having grown up in the region.
In all five gold medals were awarded, with Mr Nunns describing them all as “quite exquisite”.
“Those five wines were just beautiful and represent five different cultivars and styles of wine – a beautiful chardonnay (Corbans 1902 Chardonnay 2013) , a great sparkling (Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blanc NV), a divine chenin (Matawhero Church Road Chenin Blanc 2014) a very exciting gewürztraminer (Huntaway Reserve Gewürztraminer 2013) and a vivacious viognier (Honorary Viognier 2013),” said Mr Nunns.
He was particularly pleased to see the chenin blanc receive a gold.
“It’s a variety that has been grown in Gisborne for a long time and in many cases used and abused. The gewürztraminer was a delight, as was the viognier – these are two varieties that can do very well in Gisborne. It is great to see people keep their eye on the ball and come up with a great result.”
Mr Nunns said he expected to see more gold medals awarded in the chardonnay class – the biggest single one of the competition.
“Overall, I feel we had slightly less quality than what we expected. In general the 2013/2014 vintages were both pretty solid, so we (the judges) expected a few more highlights.”
Last night’s black tie GisVin Gisborne Regional Wine Awards Dinner, held at the Quality Hotel Emerald and attended by 200 guests, was a true celebration of the district’s food and wine. Martin Bosley, one of New Zealand’s most celebrated chefs, put together a menu that matched the winning wines from the fifth annual competition.
Supreme Wine of Show Corbans 1902 Chardonnay 2013
Trophy Sponsored by GisVin Limited
Highest Awarded Wine LION
Company Trophy Sponsored by Chrisp & Davidson
Best Value Wine Under $15 Honorary Viognier 2013
Trophy Sponsored by Indevin
Best Label The Prospect Chardonnay Ormond Valley 2011
Sponsored by Rapid Labels
Bill Irwin Trophy Denis Irwin
Sponsored by Villa Maria Estate
Lead Viticulturist Trophy Indevin Viticultural Team
Sponsored by FruitFed Supplies
Outstanding Contribution John Clarke
to the Gisborne Industry Sponsored by L W Bonney & Sons
Overall Top White Corbans 1902 Chardonnay 2013
Sponsored by Bayer NZ
Overall Top Red Matawhero Wines Pinot Noir 2013
Sponsored by Riedel - the Wine Glass Company
Overall Gisborne Selection Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blanc NV
Matawhero Wines Pinot Noir 2013
Benson Block Pinot Gris 2013
Huntaway Reserve Gewürztraminer 2013
Matawhero Wines Chardonnay 2014
The Family Company Viognier 2013
Sponsored by Quality Hotel Emerald
Sparkling Lindauer Special Reserve Blanc de Blanc NV
Grower : Indevin
Sponsored by Lion
Rose Jules Taylor Wines Rose 2014
Grower : Peter & Robyn Briant
Sponsored by Eastland Group
Unoaked Chardonnay Matawhero Wines Chardonnay 2014
Grower : Paul and Jenny Tietjen 66% and Leaderbrand 33%
Sponsored by NZ Crown Sheetmetal
Merlot & Blends The Family Company Merlot 2013
Grower : Roy Johnson from Tolaga Bay Vineyard
Sponsored by Emerre & Hathaway
Viognier Honorary Viognier 2013
Grower : Indevin Viticultural team
Sponsored by EIT Tairawhiti
Pinot Gris Benson Block Pinot Gris 2013
Grower : Indevin
Sponsored by Vintech Pacific
Malbec & Blends Matawhero Church House Malbec 2013
Grower: Paul & Jenny Tietjen
Sponsored by O-I New Zealand
Other Whites Matawhero Church Road Chenin Blanc 2014
Grower : Peter & Robyn Briant
Sponsored by Riversun
Chardonnay Corbans 1902 Chardonnay 2013
Grower : Indevin
Sponsored by Pak n Save
Red & Other Blends Matawhero Wines Pinot Noir 2013
Grower : Pete and Robyn Briant 42%, Leaderbrand 35% and Paul and Jenny Tietjen 23%
Sponsored by NZME
Gewurztraminer Huntaway Reserve Gewurztraminer 2013
Grower : Indevin
Sponsored by Weatherell Transport
Dessert & Fortified Wines Stone Bridge Port NV
Grower : David & Mairead Hart
Sponsored by Universal Engineering
For more information on the awards, head to
http://www.gisbornewine.co.nz/regionalwineawards/home/ or contact competition director Prue Younger on 021 276 5484.
More information on entry to the competition can be viewed on: www.gisbornewine.co.nz/regionalwineawards/
Sponsors : GisVin Limited, Indevin, LION, Crown Sheetmetals, Chrisp & Davidson, L.W. Bonney and Sons Ltd., FruitFed Supplies, Universal Engineering, Bayer Crop Science, VintechPacific, Villa Maria, O-I New Zealand, Riedel, Quality Hotel Emerald, Pak n Save, Eastland Group, EIT Tairawhiti, Weatherell Transport, Emerre & Hathaway, NZME, Bay Grape Harvesters, Riversun, Rapid Labels.