Past Champion Wines of the Show

2020 Champion Wine
Chardonnay 2019

Clearview Beachhead

Light yellow gold with tropical fruit, roasted nuts and buttery oak filling the fragrant bouquet and continuing through to the juicy palate where sizzled butter and peach perfectly balance the nutty, mealy, savoury notes. Touches of grapefruit accent the full-bodied, creamy and deliciously long, mouthfilling finish.

2019 Champion Wine
Pinot Noir 2017

Rockburn Central Otago

A sensually smoky, silky, ruby-hued pinot with bright cherry fruit cocooned by soft chocolatey oak, woodsmoke and anise-like spices with refreshing acidity adding vibrancy to the juicy, supple, super long, satisfying finish. Simply sensational.

2018 Champion Wine
of the Show

Matt Connell Wines Rendition Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

Evocatively scented with a floral allure and intensely flavoured with lovely spicy anise tones, succulent black and red cherry fruit, refreshing acidity and harmonious savoury oak in the background. Seductive and velvety all the way through.

2017 Champion Wine
of the Show

Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2016

Delightful mealy barrel ferment complexities infuse the aromas and mouth-coating flavours with layers of gunsmoke, citrus, stonefruit and vanilla pod and a lifted spicy oak finish.

2016 Champion Wine
of the Show

Clearview Reserve Chardonnay 2015

Full-bodied, rich and spicy with a peachy sweetness, a mealy savouriness, polished cedary oak and a rich, expansive, creamy finish with delectable hints of butterscotch and crème brulee.

2015 Champion Wine
of the Show

Villa Maria Single VIneyard Taylors Pass Chardonnay 2014

Irresistibly warm, rich, spicy and creamy with touches of apricot, grilled white peach, delectable nutty notes, savoury French oak and exquisite zesty vibrancy. Power with elegance.

2014 Champion Wine
of the Show

Marsden Black Rocks Chardonnay 2013

Rich, opulent and seamless with nougat, creamed nuts, luscious toasty oak, delicious tropical fruit, juicy nectarine, a zing of citrus and decadent touch of caramel on the mouthfilling finish.

2013 Champion Wine
of the Show

Nautilus Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2012

Rich and mealy with smoky French oak, a touch of grilled peach and a rounded citrussy finish that’s exciting and fresh. Superb wine and very complete.

2012 Champion Wine
of the Show

Bannock Brae ‘Barrel Selection’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010

Beguilingly fragrant, silky and harmonious with a lovely marriage of red fruits, chocolate, sweet spice, wild thyme and beautifully balanced savoury oak. A superb wine.

2011 Champion Wine
of the Show

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2010

Crammed with delicious mealy malty flavours, the nuances of grapefruit on the smoky bouquet reappear in the full-bodied, savoury palate with classy French oak, grilled stonefruit and nougat. Seamless, stylish and simply superb.

2010 Champion Wine
of the Show

Church Road Reserve Chardonnay 2008

There’s a fine seam of grapefruit to the savoury French oak scents and spicy French oak fills the mouthfilling seamless palate with toasted brioche, malt, nuts, fig and citrus. Concentrated and delicious. Total class.

2009 Champion Wine
of the Show

West Brook Barrique Fermented Chardonnay 2007

A delicious, juicy, smooth creamy blend from Marlborough and Waimauku in Auckland. It resonates with toasty oak, hazelnuts, peaches, melon, a zing of citrus and has a deliciously long tantalising finish. Outstanding.

2008 Champion Wine
of the Show

Church Road Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2006

A multi-layered Chardonnay with a profound smokiness adding extra dimension and fascination to the already complex sweet grilled stonefruits, toasted oak and savoury creamed nut flavours with a long, rich tantalising finish. Simply outstanding.

2007 Champion Wine
of the Show

Julicher Estate Pinot Noir 2006

From the sensational bouquet to the full fruit and beautifully balanced palate with cherries, guava, chocolate and spice and a long savoury finish, this brilliant Martinborough pinot noir is a truly memorable wine.

2006 Champion Wine
of the Show

St John’s Road Blood & Courage Shiraz 2005

Produced in the Greenock area in the famous Barossa Valley, this inky black Shiraz has rich concentrated plum and spice flavours with a long tantalising finish. Seductive and delicious.

2005 Champion Wine
of the Show

Black Barn Vineyards Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2004

Utterly stylish and delectable, made in a Burgundian style with beautifully integrated spicy oak and deliciously concentrated fruit with figs, citrus, a touch of butterscotch and a long seamless finish.