Johanneshof Cellars is celebrating success with it's third Trophy for 'Champion Gewürztraminer' in only two months. At the prestigious Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015 this weekend Johanneshof Cellars Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2014 was awarded the Top prize for this spicy variety yet again.
This year's competition saw 1,407 wines entered, with 84 Golds awarded. Only three wines of this variety were awarded Gold at this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards and Johanneshof Cellars Gewürztraminer 2014 received a very special 'Pure Elite Gold medal' before being awarded the Trophy for 'Champion Gewürztraminer of Show'.
Founders and winemakers at Johanneshof for 25 years, Edel and Warwick are thrilled to have won this Trophy at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards. "To get a 'Pure Elite Gold' medal at this prestigious wine show in New Zealand is great, but to win a Trophy is outstanding! Being the third Trophy for our aromatic variety in two months, this is a nice addition to our Trophy cabinet. We are thrilled to receive such recognition for our work with aromatics in our 25th year at Johanneshof Cellars".
Johanneshof Cellars entered only two wines into the competition and with a Pure Silver Medal for the Johanneshof Cellars Pinot Gris 2015 Edel and Warwick are proud to win three awards between both aromatic wine entries.
"Aromatics in New Zealand, and particularly Marlborough, have come a long way, this is a great endorsement for the Marlborough region, showing it can excell in Aromatics as well as in Methode Traditionnelle and Sauvignon Blanc" enthused.
The winning Gewürztraminer was described by Chair of Judges Michael Brajkovich MW,
"Very rich, ripe and gamey aroma of typical Gewürztraminer, with a hint of Botrytis. Luscious Muscat-like fruit characters on the palate, with mouth-coating sweetness and a well-balanced tannic dry finish.
40 years ago the Air New Zealand Wine Awards was created by New Zealand Winegrowers to encourage and promote excellence in New Zealand winemaking for the benefit of winemakers and consumers .
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The judging panel was led by Michael Brajkovich MW, alongside other judges and two international judges, Ronny Lau from China and Mark Protheroe from Australia.