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Waimea scores big at IWSC 2015 | 24.09.15

Waimea Estates is thrilled to reveal they have won one of only seven Outstanding Gold medals awarded to New Zealand wines at the 2015 International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London with their Waimea Estates Sauvignon Gris 2015 PLUS a staggering 15 Silver Medals in the same show.

Furthermore, these latest results have also shortlisted this proud family wine company for the IWSC 2015 New Zealand Producer of the Year award, which will be announced in the next few weeks – along with the Trophy winners.

Founded in 1969, the IWSC is considered to be the most prestigious competition of its kind in the world. The results show a huge variety of winners from 90 countries. The awards given by the competition are believed to be among some of the highest honours in the industry. Judging for the Competition is unique in that it has two stages; first, the products are tasted blind by expert panels, selected from over 300 fully experienced and qualified industry judges. Then, products which receive the top medals are subject to technical analysis before results are released; this crucial stage ensures winners receive complete validation. The term ‘Outstanding’ is used for the unanimous Gold Medal ratings given by the Judges in the initial blind judging round and is made totally at the Judges’ discretion – thus the best of the best.

Waimea’s Outstanding Gold in this same show for their Gewurztraminer in 2013 assisted in building their profile and sales in the UK and this latest Gold and 15 Silvers joins a list of well over 500 medals awarded since the Bolitho family starting making wines on the Waimea Plains in Nelson. Waimea and the Nelson region displayed its consistency across a number of styles by winning Outstanding Silver Medals for Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Waimea Grüner Veltliner 2014 and Waimea Classic Riesling 2014. Carrying on the winning theme, Waimea also won Silver Medals in this same show for Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Spinyback Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Spinyback Grüner Veltliner 2013, Waimea Pinot Gris 2015, Spinyback Pinot Gris 2014, Spinyback Pinot Gris 2013, Waimea Pinot Noir 2013, Waimea Pinot Noir 2014, Spinyback Pinot Noir 2013, Spinyback Riesling 2013, Spinyback Riesling 2014 and Waimea Sauvignon Gris 2014.  

With just 3% of New Zealand’s national vineyard area having a home in Nelson, this is a region firmly on the map for fine, crafted wines.  Long been referred to as the “Home of New Zealand Aromatics”, today this is a title which all the more endorses Nelson with these outstanding results.  

Ben Bolitho, Waimea’s GM is naturally very proud, “With entries from around 90 countries and a 46 year-old heritage, the IWSC is truly international in its reach and recognition. This IWSC Outstanding Gold Medal for our Waimea Sauvignon Gris will be recognised internationally as a badge of quality”. Ben went on to say,The IWSC judging process is structured so that it can’t be compromised. The judging panels consist of individuals who are very knowledgeable in the areas they are evaluating. They use the Olympic principle of awarding medals so that only the highest quality entries are awarded, and they do not give medals away. In categories where the wines don’t score highly enough, no gold medals or trophies are given. That makes this Gold for Waimea Sauvignon Gris and 15 Silvers all the more special for Waimea Estates and the Nelson region.”