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RESULTS BOOK | 2019

2019

RESULTS BOOK


PARTICIPANT SIX NATIONS WINE CHALLENGE 2019 Australia

Canada

Chile

New Zealand

South Africa

USA

Angas & Bremer Aphelion Wine Co. Brown Brothers Cape Mentelle Coldstream Hills Coolangatta Estate Terre ‘a Terre d’Arenberg De Bortoli Deviation Road Dexter Domaine Chandon Dr Edge Dukes Vineyard Eldorado Road Eldridge Estate Evans & Tate Fallen Giants Flametree Flowstone Frankland Estate Fraser Gallop Estate Freycinet Vineyard Gemtree Wines Giant Steps Handpicked Wines Head Wines Henschke Hentley Farm Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard Higher Plane Wines Home Hill Wines Hoosegg House of Arras Howard Park Wines Jim Barry Juniper Kaesler Wines Karrawatta Langmeil Winery Lino Ramble Main Ridge Estate Marchand & Burch Margan Family Wines Max & Me Mitchell Harris Monterra Moorilla Estate Moss Wood Mount Pleasant Oakridge Wines O'Leary Walker Wines Paradise IV Vineyard Penfolds Pepper Tree Pirie Pizzini Wines Pressing Matters S.C. Pannell Risky Business Wines Seppelt Sidewood Stella Bella Wines SubRosa Tamar Ridge Tapanappa Wines Tarrawarra Estate Taylors Wines Thistledown Thomas Wines Tyrrell's Vasse Felix Vinaceous Voyager Estate Warrabilla Waterton Wolf Blass Woodlands Wynns Coonawarra Estate Xanadu Yarra Yering Yering Station

Adamo Estate Winery Bench 1775 Winery Black Hills Estate Winery Black Sage Vineyards Blasted Church Vineyards Burrowing Owl Estate Winery C.C. Jentsch Cellars Cassini Cellars CedarCreek Estate Winery Checkmate Artisanal Winery Clos du Soleil Daydreamer Wines Deep Roots Winery Diamond Estates Lakeview Cellars Fielding Estate Winery Flat Rock Cellars Fort Berens Estate Winery Henry of Pelham Family Estate Hester Creek Estate Winery Indigenous World Winery Inniskillin Niagara Estate Inniskillin Okanagan Estate Winery Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Winery Laughing Stock Vineyards Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards Little Engine Wines Magnotta Winery Martin's Lane Winery Megalomaniac - John Howard Cellars Of Distinction Mission Hill Family Estate Winery Moon Curser Vineyards Nk'Mip Cellars Peller Estates Winery Phantom Creek Estates Pillitteri Estates Winery Poplar Grove Winery Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery Reif Estate Winery Road 13 Vineyards Rosehall Run Vineyards Rust Wine Co. Strewn Winery Sunrock Vineyard The Hatch The View Winery Thirty Bench Wine Makers Tightrope Winery Trius Winery Two Sisters Vineyards

Apaltagua Aresti Carmen Casablanca Concha y Toro Cono Sur Cousino Macul El Escorial Estampa Huingan Korta Koyle La Rosa Las Veletas Laura Hartwig Miguel Torres Montes Montgras Morande PS Garcia Requingua Tabali Terranoble Trabun Tutunjian Valdivieso Ventisquero Villard Vina Sutil Vina Aquitania Vinedos Puertas Viu Manent William Fevre

Akarua Amisfield Astrolabe Wines Auntsfield Estate Babich Wines Ltd Blind River Bostock Wines Ceres Wines Church Road (Pernod Ricard) Coopers Creek Craggy Range Daniel Le Brun Deutz (Pernod Ricard) Elephant Hill Esk Valley Estate Forrest Wines Foxes Island Wines Framingham Wines Giesen Group Greystone Greywacke Huia Vineyards Hunter's Wines Johanneshof Cellars Lawson's Dry Hills Maison Mumm (Pernod Ricard) Man O' War Vineyards Margrain Vineyard Martinborough Vineyard Mills Reef Winery Mt Difficulty Muddy Water Nautilus Estate Neudorf Vineyards No.1 Family Estate Obsidian Wines Paritua Passage Rock Wines Pegasus Bay Winery Quartz Reef Rapaura Springs Rockburn Wines Sacred Hill Vineyards Saint Clair Family Estate Seifried Estate Smith & Seth Te Whare Ra Terra Sancta Trinity Hill Valli Vavasour Vidal Villa Maria Whitehaven

Altydgedacht Bellingham Wines Benguela Cove Boekenhoutskloof Winery Bosman Family Vineyards Cape Point Vineyards Catherine Marshall Wines Cederberg Cellars Creation Wines Deetlefs Wine Estate Delaire Graff Estate Diemersdal Wine Estate Dornier Eikendal Glen Carlou Graham Beck Groot Constantia Groote Post Hamilton Russell Vineyards Hartenberg Estate Hidden Valley Wines Holden Manz Wine Estate J C Le Roux Jordan Wine Estate Klein Constantia Winery Kruger Family Wines La Motte Wine Estate Landskroon Wines Le Riche Wines Leeuwenkuil Leopard's Leap Family Vineyards Mulderbosch Vineyards Nederburg Neethlingshof Overhex Wines Painted Wolf Wines Paul Cluver Wines Paul Wallace Wines Plaisir De Merle Quoin Rock Wines Raats Family Wines Restless River Reyneke Wines Rustenberg Wines Saronsberg Cellar Shannon Vineyards Saxenberg Spier Wines Stark-Conde WInes Stellenrust Thelema Mountain Vineyards Tokara The Foundry Usana Wines Uva Mira Mountain Vineyards Vilafonte Vrede En Lust Vriesenhof Vineyards Waterford Estate Wildeberg Zandvliet Wine Estate Warwick Wine Estate

Alexandria Nicole Cellars aMaurice Anthony Road Wine Company Argyle Au Bon Climat Barboursville Vineyards Bergstrom Wines Big Basin Vineyards Broc Cellars Brooks Caraccioli Cellars Chanin Chapter 24 Vineyards Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Col Solare Columbia Valley Copain Cowhorn Delille Cellars Diatom Domaine Anderson Donkey & Goat Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery Drew Family Cellars Edmunds St John Elk Cove Vineyards Forlorn Hope Freemark Abbey Gallo Gramercy Cellars Hartford Court Hermann J. Wiemer Hirsch Vineyards Iron Horse Vineyards J. Christopher Wines Keuka Spring King Estate Winery L'Ecole No 41 Lexington Wine Co. Lingua Franca Louis M Martini Lumos Wine Co. Maggy Hawk Mark Ryan Winery Matthiasson Family Vineyards Merry Edwards Winery Mt Brave Patz & Hall Peachy Canyon Winery Pepper Bridge Winery Presqu'Ile Winery Roederer Estate Ryme Cellars Savage Grace Wines Skinner Vineyards Stags Leap Wine Cellars Stonestreet Estate Vineyards Tablas Creek Vineyard Trisaetum Willamette Valley Vineyards William Hill

CONTENTS

Participants List

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CEO’s Message

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Chairman’s Message

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The Judges

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EST. 1822

WINNER OF 190 TROPHIES

The Team

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Trophy Results

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Class 1 - Sparkling Wine

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Class 2 - Riesling

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Class 3 - Other White Varieties - Aromatic

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Class 4 - Sauvignon Blanc

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Coolangatta Estate offers a truly unique experience. You are invited to taste our estate-grown wines from the cellar door, stay in our convict-built cottages, take a stroll through our historic grounds or enjoy the views and fresh local produce in our restaurant.

Class 5 - Chardonnay

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It’s your experience.

Class 6 - White Blends

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Class 7 - Other White Varieties

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Class 8 - Pinot Noir

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Class 9 - Merlot and Carmenère

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Class 10 - Shiraz | Syrah

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Class 11 - Cabernet Sauvignon

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Class 12 - Other Reds (Light - Medium)

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Class 13 - Other Reds (Full Bodied)

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Class 14 - Bordeaux Blends

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Class 15 - Red Blends (Non Bordeaux)

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Class 16 - Dessert Wines

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Class List

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Scoring System

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Award Structure

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Trophy Medals

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Runner Up - Double Gold Medals

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Double Gold Medals

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Gold Medals

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Results by Country

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Sponsors

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Within 10 minutes drive is the historic town of Berry offering antiques, crafts and cafes while beautiful Jervis Bay and the historic Kangaroo Valley are both an easy half hour drive.

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CEO’s MESSAGE Ross Anderson and very late withdrawal this year from Bob Campbell MW, the representative New Zealand judge, due to an accident at home. Fortunately, well known New Zealand wine judge Terry Copeland stepped in to replace Bob which resulted in a seamless transition. The good news is that Bob is on the mend, and we look forward to welcoming him back to judge in 2020. 2019 saw a changing of the guard behind the scenes, with Alistair Dunn taking over control as Head Steward and running a very accurate, smooth and professional operation – I look forward to many more years working closely with Alistair. A big advancement in 2019 was the implementation of the fully electronic judging system built in-house and used throughout the judging. The net result is archives of very detailed and insightful data which we intend to analyse and share with participants and the industry at large over the coming months. My thanks go to Ash Reynolds from ABIA for the countless late nights and determination to build what is truly world class judging software. How exciting it is that after 10 months of preparation, countless emails, constant domestic and international phone calls, 100s of spreadsheets, international flights and wine logistics from five countries, hours of design, early mornings, late nights and incalculable communications can now be summarised as 16 trophy-winning wines. However there is so much more to this than just 16 Trophy wines. Every single bottle selected and entered into this challenge – all 600, are already representatives at the highest level of winemaking for their respective variety, wine estate, region, winemaker and country. As Michael Fridjhon, Chairman for 2018 & 2019 so aptly put it,”There is no wine competition quite like the Six Nations. All trophy and medal-winning wines are virtually self-endorsing. The producers who find themselves going home empty handed can console themselves with the knowledge that it is almost sufficient simply to have competed in the Olympics. An award is gratifying, the achievement is simply to have been there.” The 2019 season was yet another highly successful one, if not extremely challenging at times. I’ve come to realise that rolling with the punches is the only way to remain sane whilst co-ordinating this beautiful monster. Freight

The complexities of procurement and shipping rely on valuable assistance from many individuals and sponsor companies.

The

Embassies,

and

their winemakers involved in the Challenge. Thanks also to our valued sponsors with special mention to NSW Liquor Logistics, Mainfreight Logistics (Aus & NZ), Aspiring Logistics (South Africa) and Manjit’s Total Event Management (Sydney). Their ongoing assistance and support is greatly appreciated. Thanks also to the amazing team of supporters who share my vision. In particular our Patron

Ms Judith Kennedy

AM, Ania Smolec (Santiago/Warsaw); Tarryn Vincent and Motti Lewis (Cape Town), Cameron Couper

(Mainfreight

Auckland), Rick Hosmer and Kevin Fowler (Los Angeles), Marty Clubb (Washington State USA),

Martin Howard

(Vancouver Canada), Mandy Templeton (The Repressed Grape), Deep Gujral (Sydney) and all who offer their input and time whenever requested. There will be some exciting news for 2020 as we work on significant changes to the Challenge for the future. Please follow us on our socials where we will keep you updated.

the stock is. Last minute personnel changes however, can be

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something a lot harder to deal with. We had an unfortunate

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Commissions,

Consulates are to be congratulated for the support they gave

challenges will always arise no matter where in the world

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High

Tradition of Excellence

L’Ecole N° 41 is a second generation, family-owned artisan winery located in the historic Frenchtown School depicted on our label. Founded in 1983, we are the third oldest winery in the Walla Walla Valley. We have become one of the most prominent and visible Walla Walla Valley wineries with national and international distribution.

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As a traditional brick and mortar winery, L’Ecole is engaged in growing and making 100% of our wines. Our focus is on terroir-driven, distinctive, and expressive wines, achieved by over 30 years of experience with dedicated, long-term relationships with some of the oldest and most proven vineyards in the Walla Walla and ColumbiaValleys.


CHAIRMAN’s MESSAGE From Michael Fridjhon The Six Nations Wine Challenge is a unique show – and

wine less tentative and the submissions from the Americas

a unique event. It is, on the one hand, a great equalizer,

– especially but not exclusively in the classes for which

though it is equally a great promoter. In its early days,

they are known beyond their borders – are breathtaking

when it existed in parallel to the Tri-Nations Rugby

in their intensity and finesse. Who – ten years ago - would

Championship and so only the wines of Australia, New

have thought that the 2019 show’s best fizz would come

Zealand and South Africa were judged, it produced largely

from Canada, its best sauvignon from South Africa, its best

predictable results, given the domination of Australasian

Pinot from the United States, and its best shiraz from New

palates and the very fragile state of the re-born Cape wine

Zealand? Who would have thought that Canada would

industry. As such it was neither newsworthy nor worth the

bag more class trophies than any other wine producing

effort of unpacking the results.

nation except the United States, and that its trophy swag

However, as it came to incorporate the South American

would equal the combined haul of Australia and New

wine industries (which both de-stabilised the regional aesthetic of Australasia and introduced a wider spectrum of flavours and judging categories), and as both New Zealand and South African wines began their steep quality climb, many of the results became less predictable.

Zealand? The pace of change is quicker than we realise:

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across zero gravity space: we think we are standing still,

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but once a year we get a chance to sample and quantify the pace of progress, and we are forced to look back and see, as if for the first time, the distance we have traversed.

both Australia and New Zealand offered a vastly greater

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possible entries than Argentina, Chile and South Africa. But from the trophy, runner-up and medal perspective, the field was suddenly altogether more level. Anyone willing to mine these results could discover a treasure trove of fabulous wines, many of which had not existed a decade previously. This situation prevails today, though with marked changes: the South Americans, beset by their own economic crises, are under-represented, while the North American entry has introduced a wealth of extraordinary and finely made submissions. Suddenly the Six Nations Wine Challenge is truly a New World Wine Competition, a showcase presenting the great and good from the most vibrant wine industries on earth. Those who now unpack its results will easily be able to discover the finest – and best value –

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we are like passengers hurtling at almost infinite speeds

In terms of overall country rankings very little changed: number of producers and therefore a greater number of

NAMYSTO ORNAMENTS IN THE UKRAINE In certain African cultures, such necklaces are worn to this day, not only as adornments, but signifying a deep symbolic significance. Colours, materials and number of rows signified a woman’s social status and many women would feel naked leaving the house without wearing their “namysto.” In modern culture these necklaces are again being worn by women across the globe, but merely for decorative purposes and no longer for any social status reasons. We’ve chosen this range to signify the coming together of different cultures, and to remind us how our differences ignite creativity and excitement.

wines available for sale anywhere, and will be able to track the dynamic of transformation through the edgiest of the world’s wine producing nations. No serious collector, and certainly no sommelier or Master of Wine student can afford to ignore the results of this competition. The smart money now follows them on an annual basis to see, measure and understand the pace of change in the world of wine. Today the competition is unrecognisable compared to how it was fifteen years ago. Australian wine is less obviously “sunshine in a bottle,” Kiwi wine is more confident, Cape

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THE JUDGES Huon Hooke - Australia

Michael Fridjhon - South Africa

Bob Campbell ONZM MW - New Zealand

Huon is one of Australia’s major wine writers and critics,

With over thirty-five year’s experience, Michael is South

Bob Campbell ONZM MW was the second New Zealander

Terry has been judging wine for over 20 years and has

Chair of the Vin de Champagne Awards, judge of the

Africa’s most highly regarded international wine judge, the

and is one of only 350 people in the world to hold the Master

judged at over 60 wine competitions in New Zealand, USA,

Australian Winemaker of the Year awards and a number of

country’s most widely consulted liquor industry authority

of Wine qualification. He founded The Wine Gallery, an

UK, China and Hong Kong. Terry was also Executive Director

other major wine competitions. He tastes wines blind and

and one of South Africa’s leading wine writers.

Auckland based wine school in 1990, and is widely regarded

of the Japan Wine Challenge from 2002 to 2010.

Michael is a past chairman of the South African Wine Industry

as the New Zealand’s foremost wine educator.

As a wine specialist, he has contributed to six international

Trust, has been an adviser to the South African Minister of

Bob is New Zealand editor for Gourmet Traveller Wine,

wine books including Hugh Johnsons Pocket Wine Books,

Huon’s career in wine started in 1983 and after 36 years

Agriculture, and is a recipient of the French Chevalier de

and is wine editor for Taste magazine, and the Air NZ

and was a Wine Article of the Year finalist at the prestigious

he is one of the world’s longest-serving weekly wine

l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole.

In-Flight magazine “Kia Ora”. He has contributed to The

International Gourmet Summit Awards in Singapore in

He is chairman of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, and

Oxford Companion of Wine, Sainsbury’s Pocket Wine

2002.

Guide, the Companion to Wine, The Wine Report by Tom

Whilst he has had senior roles within the wine industry,

writes for Decanter Magazine, Gourmet Traveller Wine and the Sydney Morning Herald.

commentators. Today he is widely known for his reviews in Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine and his wine section

has judged at the Australian National Wine Show, the South

Stevenson, Clarke & Spurrier’s Fine Wine Guide, and The Slow

Terry Copeland - New Zealand

in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food section. In 2011

African National Wine Show, the Royal Sydney Show, the

he started his own online presence and mobile app,

Royal Perth Show, and the Sydney International 100. He

Food Wine Guide (Italy).

www.huonhooke.com, where all of his tasting notes and

was a panel tasting chairman for WINE Magazine in South

Bob is currently chairman of judges at the NZ International

Estates; Terry is currently the Chief Executive at Federated

newsletters are available. In 2016 Huon, in collaboration

Africa for more than fifteen years and has also judged shows

Wine Show and chairman of the New Zealand section of

Farmers of New Zealand, a key primary industries

with Bob Campbell MW, launched the Real Review - www.

and competitions in Chile, Slovenia, and United States of

the London-based Decanter World Wine Awards. He has

organisation focused on empowering farmers and growers

therealreview.com, an unbiased, independent wine review

to produce the very best food and fibre to the world.

America.

been a senior judge at the National Australia Wine Show,

website.

He is the Wine Wizard of the Wine Wizard website, the

co-chairman of judges at the International Wine Challenge

Huon Hooke is the founding chairman of the Boutique Wine

author, co-author or contributor to over 30 books, including

Awards and judges other notable wine competitions. He has

the Oxford Companion to Wine and the Global Wine

judged in Australia, New Zealand, England, Canada, Chile,

Encyclopaedia. He has been shortlisted several times for the

Canada, China, Slovenia, the US and France.

Belgium, Japan, Slovenia, South Africa and USA.

Louis Roederer International Wine Writer of the Year award

Bob was most recently honoured as an Officer of the New

In 2008 he was awarded Wine Communicator of the Year,

and was the Louis Roederer International Wine Columnist of

Zealand Order of Merit in 2019 for his services to the New

the year in 2012. That same year he joined Britain’s Michael

Zealand wine industry.

and in 2018 received the NSW Legend of the Vine award in recognition of his service to the wine industry as “one of Australia’s longest established and most respected wine

including Wine Editor for Wine & Dine magazine in Hong Kong, and NZ Supply & Export Manager for Treasury Wine

in London and has judged extensively in Australia as well as England, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa, Belgium,

Broadbent MW and Australia’s James Halliday as an honorary life member of the UK’s Circle of Wine Writers.

writers and critics.

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THE TEAM

THE JUDGES

A Special 'Thanks'

Patrick Comiskey - United States of America

Christopher Waters - Canada

Patrick Comiskey is a Senior Correspondent for Wine &

Representing Canada, Christopher is the co-founder and

Spirits Magazine, where he serves as chief critic for the

editor of VINES Magazine and author of the weekly wine

wines of the Pacific Northwest. He is a regular contributor

column, Waters & Wine, which was launched in 2000 and

to the Los Angeles Times and his work has appeared in the

is syndicated in Postmedia Network publications across

San Francisco Chronicle, Lucky Peach, Food & Wine, Bon

Canada and online via the Canoe.com network.

Appetite, Decanter, The Hollywood Reporter, the Robb

In addition to writing, Christopher is head judge of the

Report, and other publications. He is also an instructor on the wine business at UCLA. He lives in Los Angeles, where he’s just completed a history of Rhône varietal wines in the U.S., called American Rhône: How Maverick Winemakers Changed the Way Americans Drink.”

InterVin International Wine Awards and a WSET-certified instructor and Wine Appreciation Co-coordinator at the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, Brock University in the Niagara region where he teaches about the history of Ontario wine, classic wine styles and regions.

Tarryn Vincent (nee Thomas) Tarryn represents The Reciprocal Wine Trading Company - South Africa’s oldest specialist fine wine importer, which includes Riedel Glassware in the portfolio. Tarryn manages all logistics related to South African entries into the Six Nations – making our job in Australia that much easier. Nine years ago, Tarryn opened an office in Cape Town and presents Riedel glassware tastings throughout the area and surrounds. A main focus is on the Cape wine farms, ensuring education about selecting the correct glass for the diverse range of varieties grown in SA’s unique terroirs.

Christopher has recently joined the Globe and Mail Canada’s national newspaper as principal wine critic.

Motti Lewis Motti is Director of Aspiring Logistics / Cape Grape, based in Cape Town. Aspiring Logistics is South Africa’s leader in Wine and Art Logistics as well as climate controlled storage and exhibition services. Motti has been a massive supporter of the Six Nations for many years, and is an integral member of the Logistics team that gets all entries into Sydney without delay and in perfect condition.

Alistair Dunn Alistair is the new Head Steward for both the Six Nations Wine Challenge and the Australian & New Zealand Boutique Wine Show. Alistair has been a part of the support team for a number of years, and stepped up to take control for 2019. When not handling 7000 bottles of wine, Alistair works with Royal Sydney Gold Club managing various aspects at this world class venue. Alistair is a vocal All Blacks Rugby supporter, which leads to some very interesting banter behind the scenes, especially when the Wallabies and Springboks are concerned.

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SIX NATIONS TROPHY RESULTS Congratulations to all our 'Winners' Congratulations to all our winners for 2019. Just being invited to participate on behalf of your country in the top 100 is an accolade in it’s own right. The results for this year’s challenge show the ongoing growth and depth of each nations wine industry in traditional categories like Sparkling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz – and point towards exciting trends in other varieties like Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Bordeaux Blends.

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Trophy

Runner Up Double Gold

Double Gold

Gold

Country Total

Australia

1

7

18

25

51

Canada

4

0

9

21

34

Chile

0

1

4

4

9

New Zealand

3

1

20

31

55

South Africa

2

4

12

21

39

USA

6

3

14

22

45

Results Totals

16

16

77

124

233

Medal count

New Zealand

Australia

South Africa

Canada Chile New Zealand South Africa

Australia

USA

Canada USA CHILE

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Class 1

Class 2

Wine: Henry of Pelham Family Estate Cuvee Catharine Carte Blanche Blanc de Blanc 2013

Wine: Thirty Bench Wine Makers Winemaker’s Blend Riesling 2017

Sparkling Wine

Riesling

Company:

Henry of Pelham Family Estate

Company:

Thirty Bench Wine Makers

Label:

Cuvee Catharine Carte Blanche Blanc de Blanc

Label:

Winemaker’s Blend

Variety: Riesling

Variety: Chardonnay

Country:

Canada

Country:

Canada

Region:

Niagara Peninsula

Region:

Short Hills Bench, Niagara Peninsula

Year: 2017

Year: 2013

Named in memory of Henry’s wife, widow and family matriarch,

Riesling holds a special place in our Winemaker’s heart.

Catharine Smith. Carte Blanche is the vintage-dated Cuvée

For the 2017 vintage of her signature Riesling blend, Emma

Catharine. Entirely estate-grown Chardonnay is hand-picked,

Garner chose to unite a mixture of old and young vines from a

then the best of the best juice is isolated, partially barrel

variety of vineyards. The result is a clear and bright Riesling with

fermented and aged for 60 months in the bottle before being

a clean, fresh aroma of lime sorbet, mineral, white flower, wet

disgorged. Look for elegant, lemony flavours and aromas of

stone and tangerine. Chill to between 10 and 12˚C and enjoy

freshly baked bread.

with sushi or lighter proteins such as lemon chicken, pork with

• Made from 100% estate-grown Chardonnay from the Short Hills Bench

• Hand-picked and bunch selected. Gently whole cluster pressed • Secondary fermentation in bottle is followed by a further 54 months aging on the lees

citrus fruits to excite the palate, accented by the incredible site specific minerality that Thirty Bench is known for! Plenty of citrus flavours linger on the refreshing finish.

Class comments

Class comments

A large and remarkable category. A large number of vintage wines, many more than non-vintage. The wines excelled for their clarity and purity of fruit, more about precision than lees character. An exciting class that get more exciting every year!

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all about! Juicy flavours of green apple and a medley of zippy

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or halibut with corn salsa. This fresh and fruity medium-dry Riesling is what summer is

• 20% barrel fermented

Patrick Comiskey - American Judge

fruit chutney, steamed mussels, grilled salmon, pan-fried trout

Huon Hooke- Australian Judge A high-quality class of mostly very young Rieslings wine a leaning this year towards highly aromatic, off-dry, apparently cool-climate wines, which are highly captivating and charming. Riesling should be delicate and fragrant and this class was resplendent with fine examples.

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Class 3

Class 4

Wine: Elk Cove Vineyards Pinot Blanc 2018

Wine: Cederberg Cellars Ghost Corner Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Other White Varieties - Aromatic

Sauvignon Blanc

Company:

Elk Cove Vineyards

Company:

Cederberg Cellars

Label:

Estate

Label:

Ghost Corner Wild Ferment

Variety:

Pinot Blanc

Variety:

Sauvignon Blanc

Country:

USA

Country:

South Africa

Region:

Willamette Valley

Region: Elim

Year: 2018

Year: 2017

The Willamette Valley has an ideal climate for Pinot Blanc,

Winemaker David Nieuwoudt created the Ghost Corner

a delicate grape variety – enough sunlight and warmth for

brand in 2007, initially starting off with a Semillon and

ripening, with cooler night temperatures that help retain varietal

Sauvignon Blanc and adding three new wines in 2012: The

character. To preserve the freshness, our Pinot Blanc is whole-

Bowline, a Sauvignon blanc and Semillon blend; Ghost

cluster pressed then fermented at very cool temperatures in

Corner Pinot Noir; and Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc,

small stainless steel tanks, all of which accentuates aromatics

a Sauvignon blanc naturally fermented in older barrels.

and enhances the richness and viscosity of the wine.

Every year David selects a small quantity of grapes from

“High quality wine really starts in the vineyard. The time I

vineyards in the Elim ward near Cape Agulhas on the

spend stomping through our 350 acres of vines not only helps

southernmost tip of Africa. Ghost Corner takes its name

us make good decisions in viticulture, it also informs our

from this treacherous coastline where more than 130 ships

wine making decisions. Good wine making is a mixture of art

have been shipwrecked through the ages. The deep lime-

and science… But at the end of the day I need great vineyard

rich soil with plentiful slate and gravel deposits in Elim’s

sites and impeccable farming to make phenomenal wines.”

maritime climate gives rise to exceptional white wines.

Adam Campbell, Owner & Head Winemaker. cederbergwine.com elkcove.com

Class comments Class comments Michael Fridjhon - South African Judge

Terry Copeland - New Zealand Judge

A small class showing a range of vintages from 2013 to 2018.

Altogether a very good class, despite wide-ranging differences

The best wines combined fresh fragrant tropical fruit, crisp

in the varieties, with fine examples in most categories.

acidity and a concentration of intensity which impressed.

A particularly impressive line-up of pinot gris to complement

These wines also had a clean lemony citrus and hint of subtle

a fine pinot blanc, but also some restrained viogniers to show

complexity.

that producers are coming to terms with this variety,

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Class 5

Class 6

Wine: Pernod Ricard Winemakers Church Road Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2018

Wine: Au Bon Climat Blue Series Hildegard Pinot Gris Pinot Blanc Aligote 2017

Chardonnay

White Blends

Company:

Pernod Ricard Winemakers Church Road

Company:

Au Bon Climat

Label:

Grand Reserve

Label:

Blue Series Hildegard

Variety: Chardonnay

Variety:

Pinot Gris Pinot Blanc Aligote

Country:

New Zealand

Country:

USA

Region:

Hawke’s Bay

Region:

Santa Maria Valley

Year: 2018

Year: 2017

Church Road Grand Reserve wines are produced only in

Au Bon Climat is a Burgundy centric winery, meaning if the

exceptional vintages. The very best low-cropping vineyard

grapes aren’t grown in Burgundy, then Au Bon Climat doesn’t

blocks are targeted for selective hand-harvesting to yield wines

make that type of wine.

with the greatest possible flavour, depth and concentration. In

to Aligoté, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay for white

the winery these wines are made using small batch, traditional

wines. Starting in 1990 Au Bon Climat made Pinot Blanc from

winemaking techniques that emphasise texture, structure and

old vines planted at Bien Nacido. Pinot Gris was planted at Bien

subtle complexity, while still letting the fruit shine through.

Nacido, after experimental planting showed favorable results,

A flavourful, multidimensional Chardonnay with a core of ripe stonefruit and fragrant citrus, overlaid with aromas of roasted

Wineries in Burgundy are limited

in 1994. Our first Pinot Gris, the 1995 vintage was made from these small experimental plantings.

nuts, toasted brioche, subtle creaminess and a hint of smoke.

This white blend is always fascinating, and this vintage’s

The palate is powerful yet restrained, with fine texture, great

55% Pinot Gris, 35% Pinot Blanc and 10% Aligoté combination

length and balanced fresh acidity.

offers warm rich aromas of hazelnut and crème brûlée that are cut by crushed chalk and lemon rind. It lands on the palate with a baked pastry warmth but then proves quite textural and

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taut with lime spray and herb flavors. aubonclimat.com

Class comments Terry Copeland - New Zealand

A strong and diverse class of wines showing an array of styles from traditional oak, malo and ripe fruit to more elegant crafted wines with sulphites and spines of crisp acidity. Overall, high

Class comments Michael Fridjhon - South African Judge

quality fruit translated positively into well-made wines, with

A small but very good class, dominated by the drier more

the better wines showcasing great texture to balance, fragrant

Bordeaux-like style, but with some delicately aromatic, as well

fruit and oak flavours.

as richer, earthier styles enjoying attention. All the wines made with aesthetic direction shone through. The less successful examples lacked precision and did not play to the varietal strengths of their components.

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Class 7

Class 8

Wine: Coolangatta Estate Wollstonecraft Semillon 2011

Wine: Hirsch Vineyards Reserve Pinot Noir 2016

Pinot Noir

Other White Varieties - Non Aromatic

Company:

Coolangatta Estate

Company:

Label:

Wollstonecraft

Label: Reserve

Hirsch Vineyards

Variety: Semillon

Variety:

Pinot Noir

Country:

Australia

Country:

USA

Region:

Shoalhaven Coast NSW

Region:

Sonoma Coast

Year: 2011

Year: 2016

Coolangatta Estate is part of a 150ha resort with accommodation,

Lying adjacent to the great San Andreas Fault on the extreme

restaurants, golf course, etc. Some of the oldest buildings were

western Sonoma Coast, Hirsch Vineyards is a single vineyard

convict-built in 1822. The standard of viticulture is exceptionally

comprised of 61 distinct farming blocks. These blocks cover an

high (immaculate Scott Henry trellising), and the contract

area of 72 acres, resulting in a degree of fragmentation that

winemaking is wholly professional. Coolangatta has a habit of

is unmatched even by the famously subdivided vineyards of

bobbing up with medals at Sydney and Canberra wine shows,

the Cote de Nuits. Each block was individually developed and

including gold medals for its mature semillons. In its own

planted based on soil, exposure and topography, and each is

backyard, Coolangatta won the trophy for Best Wine of Show

farmed, harvested and vinified separately.

at the South Coast Wine Show for 17 out of the show’s 18 years.

David Hirsch dreamed for many years of making a Reserve

Coolangatta’s Ben Wallis says, ‘‘powdery and downy mildew are

Pinot noir from his vines. Since our first Reserve in 2009, we

part of our life on the coast’’, so in the cold, wet 2011 season, ‘‘we

have endeavored to capture the most complete and powerful

upped the ante in the vineyard’’. The acidic grapes developed

expression of the Hirsch Vineyard through selecting our very

flavour ripeness very early in the cool conditions, but sugar levels

best and oldest vineyard blocks for this wine.

lagged – the opposite of a normal year. Owner Greg Bishop and his team hand-pick the healthy fruit, shipping it to Tyrrell’s for vinification. The resulting wine presents rich, lemony varietal flavours cut with the season’s tart, bracing acidity. It’s slightly

The 2016 Reserve continues this tradition, bringing together the finest barrels from the vintage to create a wine of intense, elegant fruit, with lithe tannins and a ripe but earthy complexity.

rounder than you’d expect in a cool season, 11 per-cent-alcohol wine, but it’s definitely built for ageing.

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coolangattaestate.com.au

Class comments Patrick Comiskey - American Judge

Class comments Huon Hooke - Australian Judge

Another very mixed class but quite impressive on the whole. Fine wines showed some oak and were not penalised for that if it was balanced and well handled, and allowed fruit to take centre stage.

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Another stellar class and a class that continues to serve as ambassadors for global unity. The wines showed more similarities than differences; there was little contrast on overt oak character; instead they reflected a global expression of delicate red fruits, firm but supple textures and expression of terroir over style.

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Class 9

Class 10

Wine: Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Merlot 2014

Wine: Pernod Ricard Winemakers Church Road Grand Reserve Syrah 2017

Merlot & Carmenere

Shiraz | Syrah

Company:

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

Company:

Pernod Ricard Winemakers Church Road

Label:

Estate

Label:

Grand Reserve

Variety: Merlot

Variety: Syrah

Country:

Canada

Country:

New Zealand

Region:

Okanagan Valleyu

Region:

Hawke’s Bay

Year: 2014

Year: 2017

Merlot is a red wine grape variety with strong historic ties to

Church Road Grand Reserve wines are produced only in

Bordeaux and the southwest of France. It is the predominant

exceptional vintages. The very best low-cropping vineyard

variety in most wines from Saint-Émilion and Pomerol, the area

blocks are targeted for selective hand-harvesting to yield wines

in which the variety originated.

with the greatest possible flavour, depth and concentration. In

The 2014 season presented the ideal profile for the production of intensely aromatic and concentrated wines for both whites and reds. The dry and warm Spring favored blossoming, and

the winery these wines are made using small batch, traditional winemaking techniques that emphasise texture, structure and subtle complexity, while still letting the fruit shine through.

exceptional levels of heat during summer time provided for an

On the nose, a core of dark berry fruit is overlaid with fragrant

even ripening. Finally, the beautiful late season gave us time to

violet, rose, exotic spice and hints of cracked pepper whilst

pick the grapes at will, when they had reached our optimum

subtle, savoury oak adds complexity and a chocolate-

standards of maturity.

like richness. The palate is full but finely structured with

From the warm 2014 vintage comes this lush fruited and complex Merlot. The nose shows damson plum, violets, black cherry, vanilla, Christmas cake and complex baking spices. The palate is soft, rich, ripe and round with intense dark chocolate

excellent persistence and focus coming from balanced acidity and ripe tannins. . church-road.com

dipped liqueur cherries, black plums, blueberry, a full body, smooth tannins and liquorice, dried sage and spice notes on the long finish. Pair this with rich braised short ribs or lamb shoulder slowly roasted with rosemary.

Class comments Patrick Comiskey - American Judge

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This is a class that feels fully shored up. In general the flavour spectrum is tighter, more aromatically driven, more savoury, more focussed, less inclined to contrast on excess. There were some thrilling wines in this class reflecting a range of styles and

Class comments Huon Hooke - Australian Judge

showing the resilience and versatility that New World syrah has

to offer.

A very mixed and slightly below-par class, with merlots seemingly showing the way. The best wines were properly ripe, medium-to-full bodied and balanced, with soft, easy going tannins.

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Class 11

Class 12

Wine: Stags Leap Wine Cellars Cask 23 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Wine: Mission Hill Family Estate No. 32 Vistas Edge Terroir Collection Cabernet Franc 2016

Cabernet Sauvignon

Other Reds (Light-Medium Bodied)

Company:

Stags Leap Wine Cellars

Company:

Mission Hill Family Estate

Label:

Cask 23

Label:

No.32 Vista’s Edge Terroir Collection

Variety:

Cabernet Sauvignon

Variety:

Cabernet Franc

Country:

USA

Country:

Canada

Region:

Napa Valley

Region:

Okanagan Valley

Year: 2015

Year: 2016

The heart of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars is undoubtedly the scenic

For more than three decades, our commitment and passion

estate vineyards, and extraordinary care is taken to assure that

have never wavered. Each wine is an expression of precision

a wine’s aroma, flavor, and texture express a sense of place. This

viticulture, sustainable farming, and winemaking in our estate

care is manifested in our winery’s sustainable farming practices.

vineyards and winery.

The Estate Collection embodies an unwavering vision to create

Over time, it was obvious to us that to ensure absolute quality,

world-class Cabernet Sauvignon of complex subtlety, richness

we had to plant and farm our own land, according to our own

balanced by restraint, and wines that taste distinctively of the

specifications. Today, Mission Hill has estate vineyards in each of

Napa Valley vineyard sites.

the Okanagan Valley’s five growing regions.

The highly rated 2015 Cask 23 has complex aromas of dark fruits,

The franc comes off a small, west-facing slope (with a vista) on

dried figs, violets, hazelnuts and cocoa. Rich and opulent on

the most southerly part of eastern side of the valley. The nose

the palate, this Napa Cabernet Sauvignon has polished tannins

and the attack are intense with sleek black cherry notes and a

and a very long finish packed with mixed berries, black fruits

dusting of cocoa. The palate is equally dense and hedonistic,

and a touch of spice.

with ripe blackcurrants, sweet cherry and the finest savoury underbelly that balances the fruit.

stagsleapwinecellars.com missionhillwinery.com

Class comments Christopher Waters - Canadian Judge

This is a challenging class in any competition, but moreso in

Class comments Michael Fridjhon - South African Judge

the 6 Nations as only half of the competing countries really

An interesting but very disparate class, with some fabulous

makes a virtue of varietally labelled cabernet sauvignon. That

wines from each the designated light varieties. A great

said, the complement of 46 wines showed well, with greater

showcase for the very best of the cabernet francs, grenaches,

freshness and tannin management than seen in previous years.

cinsauts, gamays and tempranillos. For each variety there was a

Oak influence has also gracefully faded into the background

fine if not standout example, and certainly a wine to encourage

– as opposed to competing for starring attraction – in the

the more adventurous consumers to discover more.

most successful examples. The class showed a dramatic array of regional styles (Chilean and Australian being the most prominent) and climate influence, with serious examples coming from across the board. Judges awarded balance, intensity and concentration to be sure, but the freshness and fragrance of cabernet sauvignon needed to be conveyed to garner the marks.

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Class 13

Class 14

Wine: Hartford Court Dina’s Vineyard Zinfandel 2016

Wine: Vilafonte Series C Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Cabernet Franc 2016

Other Reds (Full Bodied)

Bordeaux Blends

Company:

Hartford Court

Company: Vilafonte

Label:

Dina’s Vineyard

Label:

Series C Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Cabernet Franc South Africa

Variety: Zinfandel Country:

USA

Variety:

Region:

Russian River Valley

Country:

Region: Stellenbosch

Year: 2016

Year: 2016 Hartford Family Winery is a family-owned winery located in the Russian River area of Sonoma County. The winery specializes in

Vilafonté is the coming together of great wine experience from

single-vineyard Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and old vine Zinfandel.

California and South Africa. The vision that brought together

The wines produced express the character of their unique

the three founding Vilafonté partners, is the culmination of a

vineyards.

life-long dream. A uncompromising determination to produce

Dina’s Vineyard was planted by the Arata family more than 100 years ago. Today, only about ten acres of gnarled,

wines which stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the great wines of the world. Nothing less.

dry-farmed vines remain at the original Arata homesite. The

The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc defines the style

vines, predominantly head-trained, are planted on the typical

of this wine. Firm, powerful and concentrated; rich in fruit at

eight-by-eight spacing, originally intended to allow horses to

release and blended for longevity. The Cabernet Sauvignon is

cultivate between the vines in both directions of the vineyard

harvested from our most revered blocks while the the Cabernet

planting. A deep, dark color and dense, broad texture are all

Franc aromatics display as hues of violet and elegance. Velvety

typical indicators of Dina’s Vineyard terroir.

in nature with primary red fruits, the Merlot block Z forms an

The 2016 Dina’s Vineyard Zinfandel shows deep, dark color along with highly focused ripe blackberry, floral and anise aromas that transition into cocoa, blackberry and blueberry

integral part of this blend. Limited production. vilafonte.com

flavors. The big, dense, tannin structure of the wine is balanced by the high fruit intensity and bright acidity making it a wine that shows well today and will age and improve for years to

Class comments

come.

Christopher Waters - Canadian Judge hartfordwines.com

The size of the class shows the extreme importance of the Bordeaux style red blend category. Every participating country has significant interest in this category. Taking home the trophy brings extreme bragging rights. The class

Class comments Michael Fridjhon - South African Judge

showed a diversity of styles and a wide range of vintage and

This was an impressive but very diverse class, with several very fine examples from each of the various varieties submitted for judging. Unsurprisingly the Malbec entry was very strong, but so too was the Zinfandel, Pinotage, Mataro/Mourvedre, Durif and Sangiovese. Some the wines were perhaps a little too

regional variation. The best wines were easy to spot: ripe, balanced, fresh and framed by, not defined by oak maturation. A significant number of wines missed this mark owing to oak management, which obscured the fruit and character of the wine. There was no shortage of serious examples to taste through; it was a challenging but enjoyable class.

generously oaked, and residual sugars marred several of the showier submissions. Overall, though, it was one of the best classes of the show.

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Class 15

Class 16

Wine:

Wine: Forrest Wines Botrytised Riesling 2018

Red Blends (Non Bordeaux)

Dessert Wines

Louis M Martini Monte Rosso Vineyard Mountain Red 2015 Company:

Louis M Martini

Company:

Label:

Monte Rosso Vineyard Mountain Red

Label: Botrytised

Variety:

Petit Sirah Zinfandel Syrah Malbec

Variety: Riesling

Country:

USA

Country:

Region:

Sonoma Valley

Region: Marlborough

Forrest Wines

New Zealand

Year: 2015

Year: 2018

Louis M. Martini’s decision to settle in Napa Valley was driven

Returning to family roots and generations of farming in the

by a desire to craft exceptional wines by sourcing the best fruit

Marlborough region seemed a natural progression for John

possible. In the years that followed Prohibition, he established

and Brigid Forrest after successful careers in scientific research

a legacy of craftsmanship and a passion for Napa Valley that

and medicine. So the young family returned from living and

continues to this day. Our history reflects the vision, ingenuity

working overseas amongst the burgeoning wine industries of

and endurance of a family committed to making the best

California and South Australia to get a start on a fairly green

Cabernet Sauvignon possible.

New Zealand wine industry.

Monte Rosso Vineyard rolls across steep, rugged terrain in the

The first vintage for Forrest Wines came in 1990, when an over-

majestic Mayacamas Mountains nearly 1,300 feet above the

filled red wine fermenter “accident” resulted in a trophy winner

Sonoma Valley. Owned by the Louis M. Martini Winery since

Merlot Rosé. Fast forward almost 30 years; many awards and

1938, it is named for its rich, red volcanic soils and has produced

accolades, 5 labels and vineyards across the country. Forrest is

award-winning wines for three generations. The vineyard’s mix

set for generations.

of high altitude, position above the fog, low-yielding vines, and ideal western exposure produces wines with a unique sense of terroir. Monte Rosso is one of California’s most prized locations for wine grapes.

Our Botrytised Riesling is drawn from three vineyards located within the Wairau Valley. Two are on geologically young, stoney, free-draining gravels close to the river; producing intense citrus aromas and pristine crisp acidity. The third is our Southern Valleys vineyard, composed of geologically older soils, crushed

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stones with a portion of clay which gives the fruit flavours of stone fruit and Asian spice, softer acidity and tremendous mouth texture.

Class comments Terry Copeland - New Zealand Judge

forrest.co.nz

A strong class whereby the wines mostly benefited due to the blending of varieties. The best wines combined excellent fruit weight and definition, with judicious use of oak and wellhandled tannins. Balance was a key in the gold medal winning wines.

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SIX NATIONS WINE CHALLENGE 2019

SCORING SYSTEM

Class List

How it Works

Class Number

Wine Category

Wine Varieties

1

Sparkling

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier etc.

2

Riesling

Riesling Gewurztraminer, Gruner Veltliner, Muscat, Torrontes,

3

Other White Varieties - Aromatic

Moscatel, Siegerrebe, Viognier, Muscat, Pinot Gris,

The maximum number of entries into any class is 10. There is no minimum. Judges may choose not to enter a class.

The Judging Sessions Over three days there are 16 judging sessions according to class. Approximately 200 wines will be poured for each method, approximately 85 - 90 wines will be selected and

Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

5

Chardonnay

Chardonnay

6

White Blends

judge on each of these three days. In line with the scoring scored by each judge, each day.

Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier Marsanne

Scoring method

Roussanne etc.

Depending on the size of the class either 30%, 40% or 50%

Semillon, Roussanne, Marsanne, Chenin Blanc,

7

Other White Varieties - Non-Aromatic

8

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

9

Merlot & Carmenere

Merlot & Carmenere

10

Shiraz | Syrah

Shiraz | Syrah

11

Cabernet Sauvignon

Other Red (Light-Medium Bodied)

Each nation is asked to enter 100 wines. There are 16 classes.

Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner, Verdelho etc. 4

12

The Entries

Trousseau Gris, Vermentino, Grenache Blanc etc.

of the wines will be scored. The scoring begins at 1 point for your best wine and continues in normal numerical sequence. Each judging sheet will inform the judges as to how many wines in each class are to be ranked. Classes with 28 wines or less - 50% will be ranked. Classes with 29

Following the judging of each class, the six judges submit

to 39 wines - 40% will be ranked. Classes with 40 wines or

their scores electronically which is immediately recorded

more - 30% will be ranked. The lowest scoring wine wins

into the judging software, generating an immediate set

the trophy. The next lowest wine wins Runner-up and a

of results. Discussion takes place over the removing or

Cabernet Sauvignon

Double Gold Medal. The next 10% of wines in that class

awarding of extra medals if appropriate. All scoring is by

receive Double Gold medals. The next 20% of wines in that

numbers and the judges only discover the trophy winners

Gamay, Dolcetto, Grenache, Pinot Meunier, Cabernet

class receive Gold medals. Extra medals can be awarded at

(by nation and not by wine company) and the nation of

Franc, Lagrein, Nero d’Avola, Nebbiolo, Barbera,

the Judges’ discretion during the class discussion.

show, once all judging is concluded.

Marzemino etc. Malbec, Petit Verdot, Zinfandel/Primitivo, Mourvedre/ Mataro, Tempranillo, Montepulciano, Carignan, 13

Other Red (Full Bodied)

Durif/Petite Sirah, Pinotage, Blaufrankisch, Aglianico, Graciano, Sangiovese, Sagrantino, Saperavi, Tannat, Counoise, Pais, Cinsaut, Carignan etc. Components of two or more of the following:

14

Bordeaux Blends

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenere

15

Red Blends (Non Bordeaux)

16

Dessert Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre etc. Inclusive of but not limited to: Riesling, Vidal, Chenin Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Gris, Muscat De Frontignan etc.

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OUR AWARD STRUCTURE An explanation to help understand how it works

TROPHY MEDALS Breakdown by Country and Class

Runner-Up Double Gold – second place, behind Trophy.

The Six Nations Wine Challenge has 9 medal designations. The following points detail what each medal represents.

D  ouble Gold – there are normally 10% of the wines

Wine of Show – this is the top award. The number 1 wine

This percentage can be increased or decreased by

of the challenge - the best wine of the 16 trophy wines.

group consensus during the judging.

White Wine of Show – this is the best white wine of the

Gold – there are normally 20% of the wines in a class

in a class eligible to win Double Gold medals.

8 classes that comprise the white section.

eligible to win Gold Medal medals. This percentage

Red Wine of Show – this is the best red wine of the 8 classes that comprise the red wines. Sparkling Wine of Show – this is the best sparkling wine

can be increased or decreased by group consensus during the judging. Judges Selection – this is a medal awarded to every

Country

Class

Producer

Label

CAN

1

Henry of Pelham Family Estate

CAN

2

Thirty Bench Wine Makers

USA

3

Elk Cove Vineyards

SA

4

Cederberg Cellars

NZ

5

Pernod Ricard Winemakers Church Road

Cuvee Catharine Carte Blanche Blanc de Blanc Winemakers Estate Ghost Corner Wild Ferment Grand Reserve

2018

TROPHY

2016

TROPHY

2014

TROPHY

Grand Reserve

Syrah

2017

TROPHY

Cabernet Sauvignon

2015

TROPHY

Cabernet Franc

2016

TROPHY

2016

TROPHY

2016

TROPHY

Monte Rosso Vineyard Mountain Red

Zinfandel Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Cabernet Franc Petite Sirah Zinfandel Syrah Malbec

2015

TROPHY

Botrytised

Riesling

2018

TROPHY

Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

NZ

10

USA

13

Hartford Court

right and is worthy of recognition accordingly.

SA

14

Vilafonte

Series C

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Chardonnay

Merlot

Hirsch Vineyards

9

Chardonnay Trophy. The best wine of that varietal class

K

TROPHY

Pinot Noir

8

Trophy – this is the winner of each class, e.g. Shiraz Trophy,

CMY

2017

Reserve

USA CAN

being chosen to participate is an accolade in its own

CY

Sauvignon Blanc

Wollstonecraft

Cask 23 No. 32 Vistas Edge Terroir Collection Dina’s Vineyard

MY

TROPHY

Blue Series Hildegard

Mission Hill Family Estate

CM

TROPHY

2018

Coolangatta Estate

11

Y

2017

Pinot Blanc

Au Bon Climat

12

M

Riesling

7

USA

C

TROPHY

6

CAN

Located on the stunning Naramata Bench in the heart of the beautiful Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada. We look forward to welcoming you to our unique wine shop overlooking Lake Okanagan.

2013

AUS

hand selected wines from each country – as a result,

grouping.

Medal

USA

medal outcome. We only work with the very best 100

a sparkling wine wins the challenge outright.

wine estate selected to participate, irrespective of the

Chardonnay

Vintage

Pinot Gris Pinot Blanc Aligote Semillon

Pernod Ricard Winemakers Church Road Stags Leap Wine Cellars

of the show and is only awarded in years where

Variety

USA

15

NZ

16

1

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2017

TROPHY

2011

TROPHY


RUNNER UP / DOUBLE GOLD Breakdown by Country and Class Country

Class

Producer

Label

Variety

Vintage

Medal

AUS

1

Pirie

Vintage Sparkling

Pinot Noir Chardonnay

2012

2nd / Runner Up Double Gold

SA

2

Paul Cluver Wines

Estate

Riesling

2018

2nd / Runner Up Double Gold

USA

3

Cowhorn

Viognier

2017

2nd / Runner Up Double Gold

NZ

4

Foxes Island Wines

La Lapine

Sauvignon Blanc

2013

2nd / Runner Up Double Gold

SA

5

Delaire Graff Estate

Terraced Block Reserve

Chardonnay

2017

2nd / Runner Up Double Gold

AUS

6

Voyager Estate

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

2018

2nd / Runner Up Double Gold

AUS

7

Coolangatta Estate

Wollstonecraft

Semillon

2015

2nd / Runner Up Double Gold

USA

8

J. Christopher Wines

Adele

Pinot Noir

2016

2nd / Runner Up Double Gold

AUS

9

Moss Wood

Ribbon Vale Vineyard

Merlot

2016

2nd / Runner Up Double Gold

USA

10

Drew Family Cellars

Valenti Ranch

Syrah

2016

2nd / Runner Up Double Gold

CHI

11

Concha y Toro

Gravas

Cabernet Sauvignon

2017

2nd / Runner Up Double Gold

AUS

12

Aphelion Wine Co.

The Aromat

Grenache

2018

2nd / Runner Up Double Gold

SA

13

Diemersdal Wine Estate

Malbec

2017

2nd / Runner Up Double Gold

SA

14

Tokara

Directors Reserve

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Petit Verdot Cabernet Franc

2015

2nd / Runner Up Double Gold

AUS

15

Penfolds

Bin 389

Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

2016

2nd / Runner Up Double Gold

AUS

16

Freycinet Vineyard

Botrytis MV

Sauvignon Blanc

NV

2nd / Runner Up Double Gold

2019 WINNER OF GOLD & DOUBLE GOLD MEDALS A family run winery, Caraccioli Cellars takes pride in

fruit in the Brut Cuvee, the flagship of the sparkling

developing wines true to vintage and site. Caraccioli

wine program.

Cellars’ commitment starts in the vineyard through

Founding winemaker Michel Salgues developed

utilizing only grapes from the Santa Lucia Highlands,

and perfected winemaking techniques to ensure

and ultimately their estate Escolle. The Pinot Noir and

rigorous control throughout the process.

Chardonnay together deliver a bright expression of

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Country

Class

AUS

1

NZ

DOUBLE GOLD

Breakdown by Country and Class

Breakdown by Country and Class

Vintage

Medal

Country

Class

Chardonnay

2009

Double Gold

AUS

Chardonnay

2013

Double Gold

2012

Double Gold

2011

Double Gold

Producer

Label

Variety

House of Arras

Blanc De Blancs

Quartz Reef

Methode Traditionnelle Blanc De Blancs

USA

1

Caraccioli Cellars

Brut Cuvee

USA

1

Roederer Estate

L'Ermitage Brut Rose

USA

1

Willamette Valley Vineyards

Methode Champenoise Brut

AUS

2

Dukes Vineyard

Magpie Hill Reserve

AUS

2

NZ

Chardonnay Pinot Noir Chardonnay Pinot Noir Pinot Noir Chardonnay

2015

Double Gold

Riesling

2019

Double Gold

Fallen Giants

Riesling

2018

Double Gold

2

Greystone

Riesling

2018

Double Gold

NZ

2

Mt Difficulty

Target Gully

Riesling

2018

Double Gold

NZ

2

Te Whare Ra

Riesling D

Riesling

2017

Double Gold

USA

2

Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen

Eroica

Riesling

2017

Double Gold

Joseph Vineyard

USA

2

Hermann J. Wiemer

CAN

3

C.C. Jentsch Cellars

NZ

3

Lawson's Dry Hills

The Pioneer

Producer

Label

Variety

10

Paradise IV Vineyard

Dardel

Shiraz

AUS

10

Penfolds

RWT

AUS

10

Tyrrell's

Vat 9

NZ

10

NZ

10

NZ

10

Sacred Hill Vineyards

AUS

11

Hentley Farm

Von Kasper

AUS

11

Stella Bella Wines

Luminosa

SA

11

Boekenhoutskloof Winery

SA

11

Le Riche Wines

Reserve Blue Lady

Double Gold

2015

Double Gold

Syrah

2017

Double Gold

Cabernet Sauvignon

2015

Double Gold

Cabernet Sauvignon

2016

Double Gold

Cabernet Sauvignon

2015

Double Gold

Cabernet Sauvignon

2016

Double Gold

Cabernet Sauvignon

2015

Double Gold

Nero d'Avola

2016

Double Gold

Deerstalker

AUS

12

Tarrawarra Estate

Tarrawarra Estate

Barbera

2017

Double Gold

Eclat Curiosity

Tempranillo

2016

Double Gold

Grenache

2017

Double Gold

Cabernet Franc

2016

Double Gold

Double Gold

Gewurztraminer

2016

Double Gold

CHI

12

Valdivieso

12

Thelema Sutherland Vineyards

12

William Hill

Napa Valley

USA

Double Gold

Rapaura Springs

Bull Paddock Vineyard

Sauvignon Blanc

2018

Double Gold

4

Villa Maria

Southern Clays

Sauvignon Blanc

2018

Double Gold

NZ

5

Neudorf Vineyards

Moutere

Chardonnay

2017

Double Gold

NZ

5

Villa Maria

Taylors Pass

Chardonnay

2017

Double Gold

AUS

13

Head Wines

Head Red

Montepulciano

2015

Double Gold

AUS

13

Warrabilla

Reserve

Durif

2016

Double Gold

CAN

13

Moon Curser Vineyards

Malbec

2018

Double Gold

USA

13

Broc Cellars

Carbonic

Carignan

2016

Double Gold

13

Gallo

Signature Series

Zinfandel

2015

Double Gold

5

Villa Maria

Single Vineyard Keltern

Chardonnay

2017

Double Gold

USA

Chardonnay

2017

Double Gold

USA

13

Louis M Martini

Gnarly Vine Monte Rosso

Zinfandel

2017

Double Gold

2017

Double Gold

USA

13

Louis M Martini

Monte Rosso

Malbec

2018

Double Gold

2018

Double Gold

USA

13

William Hill

Napa Valley

Malbec

2015

Double Gold

2017

Double Gold

2016

Double Gold

2018

Double Gold

2013

Double Gold

2013

Double Gold

2016

Double Gold

2016

Double Gold

2016

Double Gold

2016

Double Gold

2016

Double Gold

2016

Double Gold

2015

Double Gold

SA

5

Rustenberg Wines

Five Soldiers

CAN

6

Clos Du Soleil Winery

Capella

CHI

6

Apaltagua

Coleccion Blanc White Blend

SA

6

Painted Wolf Wines

Pictus VI

SA

6

Vrede En Lust

White Mischief

AUS

7

Mount Pleasant

Lovedale

Semillon

CAN

7

Bench 1775 Winery

Bench 1775

Semillon

2016

Double Gold

SA

7

Deetlefs Wine Estate

Familie

Semillon

2018

Double Gold

SA

7

Delaire Graff Estate

Swartland Reserve Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc

2018

SA

7

Leopard's Leap Family Vineyards

Culinaria Collection

Chenin Blanc

AUS

8

Giant Steps

Sexton

AUS

8

Home Hill Wines

Kelly's Reserve

NZ

8

Quartz Reef

CAN

9

CAN

9

CHI

9

NZ

9

SA

2016

Syrah

2016

Double Gold

NZ

Syrah

Paritua

Viognier

2018

NZ

Elephant Hill

Double Gold

2018

4

Double Gold

2016

Sauvignon Blanc

NZ

Double Gold

2015

Riesling

Sauvignon Blanc

Astrolabe Wines

2017

Shiraz

Warwick

Awatere Valley

Ventisquero

4

Shiraz

Monterra

Kalfu Sumpai

4

NZ

Double Gold

11

Double Gold

CHI

2015

12

2017

Keuka Spring

Medal

SA

Gewurztraminer

3

Vintage

AUS

SA

USA

36

1

DOUBLE GOLD

9

Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Viognier Roussanne Marsanne Grenache Blanc Chenin Blanc Viognier Chenin Blanc Pinot Gris Sauvignon Blanc

AUS

14

Wynns Coonawarra

O'Deas Vineyard

NZ

14

Elephant Hill

Reserve

NZ

14

Esk Valley Estate

The Hillside

USA

14

L'Ecole No 41

Apogee

Double Gold

AUS

15

Howard Park Wines

A.S.W.

2017

Double Gold

AUS

15

Wolf Blass

Black Label

Pinot Noir

2017

Double Gold

CAN

15

Moon Curser Vineyards

Dead Of Night

Pinot Noir

2017

Double Gold

Bendigo Estate

Pinot Noir

2017

Double Gold

Black Rook

Merlot

2014

Double Gold

Opening Gambit

Merlot

2014

Double Gold

Laura Hartwig

Single Vineyard

Carmenere

2017

Double Gold

Mills Reef Winery

Elspeth

Merlot

2016

Double Gold

Checkmate Artisanal Winery Checkmate Artisanal Winery

Shannon Vineyards

2019 Six Nations Wine Challenge

Mt Bullet

Merlot

2016

Double Gold

SA

15

USA

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Cabernet Franc Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Merlot Cabernet Franc Malbec Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Cabernet Shiraz Malbec Tannat Syrah Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre

Quoin Rock Wines

Namysto

15

Columbia Valley

Vision

CAN

16

Diamond Estates Lakeview Cellars

Icewine

Vidal

2015

Double Gold

CAN

16

Inniskillin Niagara Estate

Icewine

Riesling

2016

Double Gold

NZ

16

Villa Maria

Reserve Noble Botrytis

Riesling

2017

Double Gold

NZ

16

Whitehaven

Noble

Riesling

2018

Double Gold

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GOLD MEDALS Breakdown by Country and Class

HEARTS IN MARLBOROUGH since 1980 ROOTS IN CHAMPAGNE since 1684

CUVÉE ADELE VINTAGE 2013 This limited edition vintage cuvée crafted especially by Daniel is a proud tribute to his wife Adele. It comes in a beautifully designed gift box andthe bottle is decorated with Swarovski crystals. The wine tastes as good as it looks: vibrant aromas of yellow florals and white stone fruits intermixed with subtle aromas of fresh bread yeast and hints of minerals. A taut and angular palate and a honeyed aftertaste.

No1FamilyEstate.co.nz

Country

Class

Producer

Label

Variety

Vintage

Medal

AUS NZ

1

House of Arras

Grand Vintage

1

Deutz (Pernod Ricard)

Prestige

Pinot Noir Chardonnay

2008

Gold

Pinot Noir Chardonnay

2016

Gold

NZ

1

No.1 Family Estate

Cuvee Adele

Chardonnay Pinot Noir

2013

Gold

USA

1

Caraccioli Cellars

Brut Rose

Chardonnay Pinot Noir

2013

Gold

USA

1

Iron Horse Vineyards

Wedding Cuvee

Pinot Noir Chardonnay

2014

Gold

CAN

2

Martin's Lane Winery

Naramata Ranch Vineyard

Riesling

2016

Gold

NZ

2

Framingham Wines

Select

Riesling

2018

Gold

Early Mist

SA

2

Vrede En Lust

USA

2

Anthony Road Wine Company

Riesling

2018

Gold

Riesling

2015

Gold

AUS

3

Yarra Yering

Viognier

2018

Gold

NZ

3

NZ

3

Greystone

Gewurztraminer

2018

Gold

Greywacke

Pinot Gris

2016

Gold

NZ

3

Johanneshof Cellars

Gewurztraminer

2018

Gold

Pinot Gris

2018

Gold

Viognier

2017

Gold

NZ

3

Rapaura Springs

USA

3

aMaurice

USA

3

King Estate Winery

AUS

4

Flowstone

AUS

4

Freycinet Vineyard

NZ

4

Craggy Range

NZ

4

Saint Clair Family Estate

NZ

4

Vavasour

SA

4

Delaire Graff Estate

SA

4

Tokara

Carrodus

Reserve

Pinot Gris

2017

Gold

Sauvignon Blanc

2016

Gold

Wineglass Bay

Sauvignon Blanc

2018

Gold

Te Muna Road

Sauvignon Blanc

2018

Gold

Wairau

Sauvignon Blanc

2018

Gold

Sauvignon Blanc

2018

Gold

Coastal Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

2018

Gold

Reserve Collection

Sauvignon Blanc

2018

Gold

Domaine

AUS

5

Flametree

SRS Wallcliffe

Chardonnay

2017

Gold

AUS

5

Stella Bella Wines

Suckfizzle

Chardonnay

2017

Gold

AUS

5

Vasse Felix

Heytesbury

Chardonnay

2017

Gold

Chardonnay

2017

Gold

Chardonnay

2015

Gold

Chardonnay

2016

Gold

CAN

5

C.C. Jentsch Cellars

Small Lot Series Barrel Fermented

CAN

5

Checkmate Artisanal Winery

Attack

CAN

5

Little Engine Wines

NZ

5

Elephant Hill

Salome

Chardonnay

2017

Gold

Chardonnay

2015

Gold

Chardonnay

2017

Gold

Chardonnay

2017

Gold

Chardonnay

2018

Gold

Chardonnay

2017

Gold

NZ

5

Giesen Group

The Fuder Single Vineyard Clayvin

NZ

5

Martinborough Vineyard

Home Vineyard

NZ

5

Pegasus Bay Winery

NZ

5

Vidal

SA

5

Eikendal

SA

5

Paul Cluver Wines

Seven Flags

Chardonnay

2018

Gold

USA

5

Patz & Hall

Dutton Ranch

Chardonnay

2016

Gold

Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

2018

Gold

Chardonnay Viognier

2016

Gold

AUS

6

Stella Bella Wines

CHI

6

Vinedos Puertas

Legacy Series

Lujuria

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GOLD MEDALS

GOLD MEDALS

Breakdown by Country and Class

Breakdown by Country and Class

Class 6 6

Producer

Label

Stark-Conde Wines

Field Blend

Alexandria Nicole Cellars

Horse Heaven Hills Shepherd's Mark

USA

6

Forlorn Hope

Queen of the Sierras

AUS

7

Thomas Wines

Braemore

SA

7

Glen Carlou

SA

7

SA

Variety Chenin Blanc Roussane Verdelho Viogner Roussanne Marsanne Viognier Picpoul Verdelho Chardonnay Albarino

Vintage

Medal

Country

2018

Gold

CAN

11

Black Sage Vineyards

2018

Gold

NZ

11

Mills Reef Winery

SA

11

Jordan Wine Estate

USA

11

Col Solare

USA

11

Louis M Martini

AUS

12

Eldorado Road

AUS

12

Lino Ramble

AUS

12

S.C. Pannell

AUS

12

Thistledown

CAN

12

Two Sisters Vineyards

CHI

12

Montes

NZ

12

Trinity Hill

AUS

13

Gemtree Wines

CAN

13

The View Winery

SA

13

Bosman Family Vineyards

SA

13

Diemersdal Wine Estate

2016

Gold

Semillon

2013

Gold

Collection

Chenin Blanc

2018

Gold

Mulderbosch Vineyards

Single Vineyard Block A

Chenin Blanc

2017

Gold

7

Stellenrust

53 Barrel Fermented

Chenin Blanc

2017

Gold

USA

7

Alexandria Nicole Cellars

Horse Heaven Hills

Roussanne

2018

Gold

USA

7

Tablas Creek Vineyard

Vermentino

2018

Gold

CAN

8

Little Engine Wines

Pinot Noir

2017

Gold

CAN

8

Martin's Lane Winery

Pinot Noir

2015

Gold

NZ

8

Akarua

Pinot Noir

2017

Gold

NZ

8

Amisfield

RKV Reserve

Pinot Noir

2015

Gold

NZ

8

Ceres Wines

Artists Collection Black Rabbit

Pinot Noir

2016

Gold

NZ

8

Valli

Bendigo Vineyard

Pinot Noir

2017

Gold

USA

8

Brooks

Tolluca Lane

Pinot Noir

2016

Gold

USA

8

Chanin

Sanford & Benedict

Pinot Noir

2015

Gold

AUS

9

Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard

The Revivalist

Merlot

2016

Gold

CAN

9

Moon Curser Vineyards

Carmenere

2017

Gold

CHI

9

La Rosa

Carmenere

2014

Gold

CHI

9

Viu Manent

Gran Reserva

Carmenere

2018

Gold

NZ

9

Craggy Range

Gimblett Gravels Vineyard

Merlot

2015

Gold

SA

9

Landskroon Wines

Paul De Villiers

Merlot

2017

Gold

AUS

10

Head Wines

The Redhead

Shiraz

2017

Gold

AUS

10

Seppelt

St Peters

Shiraz

2017

Gold

AUS

10

Thomas Wines

Belford

Shiraz

2017

Gold

AUS

10

Wynns Coonawarra Estate

Michael

Shiraz

2016

Gold

CAN

10

Black Hills Estate Winery

Syrah

2017

Gold

CAN

10

Deep Roots Winery

Syrah

2016

Gold

CAN

10

Poplar Grove Winery

Syrah

2015

Gold

NZ

10

Craggy Range

Syrah

2016

Gold

NZ

10

Obsidian Wines

Syrah

2015

Gold

NZ

10

Villa Maria

Reserve

Syrah

2016

Gold

USA

10

Big Basin Vineyards

Coastview Vineyard

Syrah

2016

Gold

USA

10

Copain

Syrah

2016

Gold

USA

10

Mark Ryan Winery

Syrah

2017

Gold

AUS

11

Cape Mentelle

Cape Mentelle

Cabernet Sauvignon

2016

Gold

AUS

11

Moss Wood

Wilyabrup

Cabernet Sauvignon

2016

Gold

AUS

11

Taylors Wines

The Legacy

Cabernet Sauvignon

2014

Gold

2019 Six Nations Wine Challenge

DeHart Vineyard

Le Sol

Class

Producer

Label

Variety

Vintage

Medal

Cabernet Sauvignon

2016

Gold

Elspeth

Cabernet Sauvignon

2016

Gold

The Long Fuse

Cabernet Sauvignon

2015

Gold

Cabernet Sauvignon

2015

Gold

Lot No 1

Cabernet Sauvignon

2015

Gold

Comrade

Nero d'Avola

2017

Gold

Tom Bowler

Nero d'Avola

2017

Gold

Nebbiolo

2016

Gold

Grenache

2018

Gold

Cabernet Franc

2015

Gold

The Vagabond Old Vine

Cinsault

2018

Gold

Tempranillo

2017

Gold

Small Batch

Mataro

2018

Gold

Reserve

Pinotage

2016

Gold

Pinotage

2016

Gold

Pinotage

2018

Gold

Outer Limits Old Roots

Reserve

SA

13

Thelema Sutherland Vineyards

Petit Verdot

2016

Gold

USA

13

Gramercy Cellars

Gramercy Cellars

Mourvedre

2015

Gold

USA

13

Hartford Court

Fanucchi Wood Rd

Zinfandel

2017

Gold

2017

Gold

AUS

14

Yarra Yering

Dry Red Wine No1

Cabernet Merlot Malbec Petit Verdot

CAN

14

Adamo Estate Winery

Meritage

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot

2016

Gold

CAN

14

CedarCreek Estate Winery

Desert Ridge Meritage

Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon

2015

Gold

CAN

14

Mission Hill Family Estate Winery

Compendium

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc

2016

Gold

CAN

14

Rosehall Run Vineyards

A Certain Ratio

Merlot Cabernet Franc Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot

2016

Gold

NZ

14

Church Road (Pernod Ricard)

Grand Reserve

Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon

2015

Gold

NZ

14

Paritua

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc

2014

Gold

NZ

14

Vidal

Legacy Series

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

2016

Gold

SA

14

Leopard's Leap Family Vineyards

Culinaria Collection Grand Vin

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Petit Verdot

2017

Gold

SA

14

Neethlingshof

Short Story Collection The Caracal

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Malbec Cabernet Franc

2016

Gold

USA

14

L'Ecole No 41

Ferguson

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc Malbec

2016

Gold

AUS

15

Karrawatta

Spartacus

Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec Shiraz

2017

Gold

SA

15

Nederburg

Heritage Heroes The Motorcycle Marvel

Carignan Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre

2016

Gold

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Proud Gold Medal Winner Six Nations Wine Challenge ‘Other White Varieties Aromatic Styles’ for the 4th consecutive year!

GOLD MEDALS Breakdown by Country and Class Country

Class

Producer

Label

Variety

Vintage

Medal

SA

15

Saronsberg Cellar

Full Circle

Syrah Merlot Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot

SA

15

Stark-Conde WInes

Lingen

Shiraz Petit Verdot Petite Sirah

2017

Gold

USA

15

Louis M Martini

Napa Valley

"Cabernet Sauvignon Petite Sirah Petit Verdot

2016

Gold

USA

15

Skinner Vineyards

Dry Diggings

Syrah Grenache Mourvedre

2016

Gold

AUS

16

De Bortoli

Noble One Botrytis

Semillon

2017

Gold

CAN

16

Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Winery

Reserve Icewine

Riesling

2018

Gold

CAN

16

Magnotta Winery

G. Marquis Silverline Icewine

Riesling

2016

Gold

2017

Gold

CAN

16

Pillitteri Estates Winery

Carretto

Riesling

2017

Gold

CAN

16

Reif Estate Winery

Icewine

Riesling

2017

Gold

NZ

16

Auntsfield Estate

Bush Block Late Harvest

Riesling

2016

Gold

NZ

16

Foxes Island Wines

Noble

Riesling

2015

Gold

NZ

16

Pegasus Bay Winery

Finale Noble Barrique

Sauvignon Blanc

2017

Gold

SA

16

Nederburg

The Winemasters Noble Late Harvest

Chenin Blanc Muscat de Frontignan Sauvignon Blanc Grasa de Cotnari

2018

Gold

SA

16

Paul Cluver Wines

Noble Late Harvest

Riesling

2017

Gold

Testament of Consistency in Excellence Johanneshof Cellars | Marlborough New Zealand | www.johanneshof.co.nz

SPECIAL THANK YOU A special thank you to the Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates of the participating nations for the ongoing support they give their winemakers involved in the Six Nations Wine Challenge.

HEAD Wines was started in 2006 by Alex Head. It focuses on single site Rhone varietals from the Barossa and Eden Valleys in South Australia.

Deep red-purple, dried banana and sweet plum aromas; full-bodied and lush, bold and primary, lots of fruit and potential”

SOUTH AFRICA

USA

Huon Hooke

headwines.com.au

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USA

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South Africa

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Canada

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USA

Class 4 - Sauvignon Blanc

South Africa

South Africa

Class 5 - Chardonnay

New Zealand

New Zealand

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USA

Australia

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USA

USA

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