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17 March 2017
On 13 March 2017, Bob Campbell MW spent the afternoon in Hawke’s Bay, blind tasting his way through a sea of 2014 vintage Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay, Syrah and Merlot Cabernet blends concealed in brown paper bags. Mr Campbell then selected the top 12 2014 vintage wines to represent Hawke’s Bay, only finding out himself on Wednesday which wines he had selected.
Bob Campbell was the second New Zealander, and is one of just over 300 people in the world to hold the Master of Wine qualification. Mr Campbell is an internationally acclaimed wine judge and is widely regarded as the New Zealand’s foremost wine educator.
Melisa Beight, Executive Officer of Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers Association Inc. said that the boards and members were thrilled that Bob Campbell MW had agreed to judge the 2014 Hawke’s Bay Vintage Collection. “This is the first year we have produced a Hawke’s Bay Vintage Collection and it marks a real milestone for the region. The Hawke’s Bay Vintage Collection will be judged by Bob Campbell every year from now on, with the top 12 wines representing the best of Hawke’s Bay being sent out to global key opinion leaders, so that they can make their own assessment.”
“The overall standard was very high indeed” declared Bob Campbell MW. “Clearly 2014 was a truly top vintage. A range of different Chardonnay styles added extra interest, and a degree of difficulty in choosing the ultimate winners. Syrah was stylistically more consistent as well as being the highest performer of the three classes. Blended reds were a pleasure to judge – all of the entries merited selection.”
The 2014 Hawke’s Bay Vintage Collection (in no particular order):
- Vidal Legacy Chardonnay 2014
- Te Awa Single Estate Chardonnay 2014
- Bilancia Chardonnay 2014
- Church Road Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2014
- Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2014
- Te Awa Single Estate Merlot Cabernet 2014
- Craggy Range Te Kahu, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, Hawke’s Bay 2014
- Church Road McDonald Series Merlot 2014
- Vidal Legacy Syrah 2014
- Church Road Grand Reserve Syrah 2014
- Sacred Hill Deerstalkers Syrah 2014
- Craggy Range Syrah, Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, Hawke’s Bay 2014
For further information, please contact Melisa Beight, Executive Officer on 06 876 3418 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About Hawke’s Bay Wine:
Founded in 2006, Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers Association Inc. represents all wineries and growers in the region and its mission is to achieve international recognition as one of the great wine regions of the world.
(Media Release – NZ Wine – April 2016)
Festivities celebrating the seventh annual International Sauvignon Blanc Day will kick off on Friday, May 6 in New Zealand, home to some of the world’s most coveted Sauvignon Blanc wines, before continuing around the globe, following the sun.
Wine brands, restaurants, bars, retailers and Sauvignon Blanc fanatics are encouraged to post video clips, photographs and messages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram showing their passion for New Zealand’s most popular drop by using the “hashtags”: #SauvBlanc and #nzwine.
New Zealand Winegrowers are celebrating the variety that awoke the world to New Zealand wine by running promotions with international retailers, hosting tasting events and holding online competitions around the globe.
“2016 has already been a huge year for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc,” said Chris Yorke, Global Marketing Director for New Zealand Winegrowers. “Our inaugural International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration took place in Marlborough in early February, and saw 300 international guests from 18 countries attending, with over 400 wines available to taste.” “We’ve seen amazing international coverage as a result of the Celebration, and International Sauvignon Blanc Day provides another great opportunity to raise awareness about New Zealand’s most popular wine, which makes up 85% of wine exported from New Zealand,” said Mr Yorke. “#SauvBlanc trended at number one on Twitter last year in New Zealand on International Sauvignon Blanc Day, and we’d love to build on that success this year and see how well we can do internationally!”
Implementation of Act is a big step forward for the New Zealand wine industry
New Zealand Winegrowers warmly welcomes the announcement that Government will implement the Geographical Indications Registration Act. Geographical indications identify wines as originating in a region or locality says Philip Gregan, CEO, New Zealand Winegrowers. The Act will set up a registration system for wine geographical indications, similar to the trademark registration system.
“It will equip the wine industry with the tools to protect its premium brand from misappropriation or misuse, as well as help secure market access in some regions. It’s a big step forward for the industry” said Mr Gregan.
Wine exports stand at $1.37 billion to the year January 2015, up 9%, propelling wine to New Zealand’s 6th biggest export good.
For more information contact:
Chief Executive Officer
New Zealand Winegrowers
Tel: 09 306 5555
Mob: 021 964564
The Cellar Club has been fortunate in recent years having wineries and wine merchants approach the club to present as you’ll see by the tastings we have secured over the next 12 months.
Currently we have an additional 12 or more requests we cannot schedule until after late 2015. Nevertheless the committee appreciates requests from members wishing a particular theme (ie. Quiz night), winery or merchant to present.
If you do have someone or something in mind please contact us so your committee can arrange something with you at a later date.
Summary over the last 5 years
The Cellar Club’s committee as part of their responsibility is to try and provide a balance of regions from where presenters and wineries come from each year. This sometimes leaves regions light in certain years.
Anne Megget has been researching which wine regions have presented to the club over the past 5 years. The following is a summary of those regions.
Also you may like to look at our Past events for exactly who has presented and a list of wines.
Wine exports to China have the potential to rise in value from a current $25 million a year to $150m in just eight years.
New Zealand Winegrowers says the target is aspirational, but consistent with the rise in wine exports to Asia generally in the last few years. Wine exports have risen five-fold from $20m in 2005 to nearly $100m this year.
The growing importance of China to Kiwi winemakers is why New Zealand Winegrowers is opening its first Asian office next week, based in Hong Kong. Asian marketing manager Monty James said the move had been desirable for some time, but the clincher was a recent industry review by PWC, which highlighted the need to be present in growth markets.
“Coupled with that, China has gone from being a small player in New Zealand wine to the number one [in Asia] by some margin and continues to grow. It grew over 50 per cent in the last financial year.”
New Zealand Winegrowers already has offices in London, New York, San Francisco and Melbourne, and the Asian office is expected to service other markets in the region. But there’s little doubt China is its main focus, a market which till now has been forged by the efforts of individual winemakers or through big-label parent firms. Experts in the field have stressed the need for Kiwi wineries to take a less fragmented approach and James says the Hong Kong office is the beginning of that broader effort.
It is being assisted by a $1.5m contribution from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise next year towards building the Kiwi wine brand in China and mainland Europe. Hopes are even higher for Europe. The New Zealand Winegrowers-NZTE growth target for wine exports to Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands is $225m by 2020, well up from its present $45m.
James said the Government’s involvement in marketing New Zealand wine was critical, “because our competitors . . . are going into China with significantly more and government-driven money”.