Waimea’s Chardonnay 2008 and Bolitho SV Pinot Noir 2007 have just been awarded Blue-Gold Medals at the prestigious
Sydney International Wine Competition. The Waimea Dry Riesling 2006 was not only also awarded a Blue-Gold Medal, but
additionally included in the Top 100 Wines of the Show.
The Sydney International Wine Competition is unique amongst international wine shows in that the wines are first of all
judged on wine quality before being submitted to judging alongside food. Only those wines that score high enough to be
awarded a Gold Medal in each judging qualify for the unique Blue-Gold (or double Gold) Medal. The 100 wines which score
the highest aggregate points in both judgings are then included in the Top 100 Wines of the Show. Trophy winners from
the Sydney International Wine Competition will be announced in February.
Winemaker Mike Brown is delighted with these results. “Over the last 18 months Waimea has gathered 31 golds and 5
trophies across 6 wine styles – most of these in 2009 alone. It was also a great thrill to win gold for Waimea Sauvignon
Blanc 2009, the same Chardonnay as above plus the Waimea 2008 Gewurztraminer at the recent Air NZ National Wine Awards.
It shows the strength and consistency of the Nelson region to produce award-winning wines across the varietal range and
I’m especially proud of the Waimea winery and vineyard team.”