The NZ National Wine Tasting Competition Final was a tightly contested race for the top score. With 8 wines and 40 questions, the top 5 slots rotated regularly with
the Canterbury Team (Photo attached) of CP Lin, Ashley Stewart, Tony Dale and Michael Ormandy winning by 964 points or
just one question. Our Bubble of 4 in the OPEN category came 2nd with team members Allister Mora, Silvia Rueckschnat,
Dave Anderson and Robyn Lansdaal. In 3rd place were the Hawkes Bay team of Sue Fox-Warren, Yvonne Lorkin, Nick Stewart
and Hannes Sohnge.
Celia Hay, chair of New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals Association comments.
“This is the first time that our association has run a wine tasting competition and we are delighted to see the interest
around New Zealand which included 12 teams competing in Martinborough.
We are selecting wines from well-known regions that have recognisable styles so that people who regularly taste wine
should have a reasonable chance to identify the wines that we pour. The wines are different at each competition.
These days we use a digital app to present the questions and the teams of 4 use a mobile phone to ‘tap’ their answers.
It’s fun and provides a unique environment to test wine knowledge. We will continue to offer the competition each year.
The New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine Professionals Association is a non-profit registered society supporting people working in wine and hospitality in New Zealand. It is a member of ASI Association of Sommeliers International who run regular competitions around the world.White wines tastedBadenhorst 'Secateurs' Chenin Blanc 2020 - Swartland, South AfricaGreywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Marlborough, NZHospice de Colmar Riesling 2016 - Alsace, FranceVilla Maria Ihumātao Chardonnay 2018, Auckland, NZ
Dominique Piron, Fleurie 2019, Beaujolais, FranceGiesen Clayvin Syrah 2019, Marlborough, NZHans Herzog, Spirit of Marlborough 2015, NZPeter Lehmann, The Barossan Shiraz, 2018, Barossa, Australia1st Place: Canterbury
Michael Ormandy2nd Place: Auckland OPEN
Allister Mora3rd Place: Hawkes Bay