2015 News

28 August 2015

A night of celebration at the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2015

An Auckland Chardonnay and a Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot shine at this year’s Romeo Bragato Wine Awards.

Grown by Brett Donaldson, the Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2013 won the coveted Bragato Trophy - Champion Single Vineyard Wine and the Bill Irwin Trophy for Champion Chardonnay. “The Bragato Trophy went to this beautifully handled Chardonnay because in simple terms - it was exceptional. The wine had a sense of place and it was a pleasure to savour and taste” said Chairman of Judges Ben Glover.

Villa Maria’s Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013, made from grapes grown on the Vidal Vineyard by Phil Holden won the Richard Smart Trophy – Champion Domaine Wine. “This was just a beautifully crafted wine - well done to all on allowing the fruit to shine with deft and subtle winemaking” said Mr Glover.

The Bragato Wine Awards, held each year as part of the New Zealand Winegrowers Romeo Bragato National Conference, are awarded to the grower for viticultural excellence. The competition recognises that growing excellent grapes is the foundation of making wines of true quality. The Trophies were presented at the Bragato Dinner in Hawke’s Bay last night.

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For a full list of medals click here.

Wineries - download your medal sticker order form here.

Editor’s notes:

To be awarded the Bragato Trophy - Champion Single Vineyard Wine, a minimum of 95% of the grape juice content must come from a single vineyard.

To be awarded the Richard Smart Trophy – Champion Domaine Wine, a minimum of 85% of the grape juice content must come from a single vineyard.

 For further information please contact:

Ben Glover

Chair of Judges

Bragato Wine Awards

029 520 8288

 

Bragato Wine Awards 2015 Trophy Results:

Bragato Trophy and Champion Single Vineyard Wine

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2013

Ihumatao Vineyard, Auckland

Brett Donaldson

 

Richard Smart Trophy and Champion Domaine Wine

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013

Vidal Vineyard, Hawke’s Bay

Phil Holden

 

Friedrich Wohnsiedler Trophy Winner and Champion Riesling

Thornbury Waipara Riesling 2015

Waiata Vineyard, Waipara

Royce McKean

 

Brother Cyprian Trophy Winner and Champion Pinot Gris

Church Road Pinot Gris 2015

Matapiro Estate, Hawke’s Bay

Max Bixley

 

Champion Gewürztraminer

Blackenbrook Nelson Gewürztraminer 2014

Blackenbrook Vineyard, Nelson

Daniel Schwarzenbach

 

Champion Other White Wine

Saint Clair Marlborough Premium Grüner Veltliner 2014

Hawkesbury Farm Ltd, Marlborough

Robert & Heather Goulter

 

Champion Sweet Wine

Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Noble Semillon Botrytis Selection 2011

Hammond Vineyard, Marlborough

Rob Hammond

 

New Zealand Wine Cellars Spence Brothers Trophy Winner and Champion Sauvignon Blanc

Stoneleigh Rapaura Series Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Stoneleigh, Marlborough

Rod Brailsford

 

Champion Sparkling Wine

Akarua Vintage Brut 2010

Akarua Wines, Central Otago

Mark Naismith

 

Bill Irwin Trophy Winner and Champion Chardonnay

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2013

Ihumatao Vineyard, Auckland

Brett Donaldson

 

Champion Rosé

Whitehaven Rosé 2015

Whitehaven Wine Company Limited, Marlborough

Sioban Harnett

 

Mike Wolter Memorial Trophy Winner and Champion Pinot Noir

Maude, Mt Maude Vineyard, Pinot Noir 2014

Mount Maude Vineyard, Central Otago

Terry Wilson

 

Tom McDonald Memorial Trophy Winner and Champion Classical Red Wine

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013

Vidal Vineyard, Hawke’s Bay

Phil Holden

 

Alan Limmer Trophy Winner and Champion Syrah

Talisman Syrah 2013

Elms Vineyard, Hawke’s Bay

Peter Yealands

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