2016 Six Nations Wine Challenge trophy presentation
I recently had the honour of presenting the silverware at the 2016 Six Nations Wine Challenge trophy presentation dinner, held at Manjit’s @ The Wharf restaurant in Sydney’s Barangaroo.
As you’ve already heard from my colleague Bob Campbell (who represents his country at this competition as I do mine), New Zealand won the show this year, by virtue of the highest aggregate score. But Australia also did very well, a fact that is not so apparent unless you look behind the obvious results. Australia was runner-up, followed by (in order) USA, South Africa, Canada and Chile.
Yes, New Zealand starred by winning four of the 15 trophies for top wine of class, and seven ‘country of class’ for the highest aggregate points in those classes. But Australia came second in the overall aggregate, also winning the second-highest number of ‘country of class’ – with five. Australia also scored the highest number of gold and double-gold (including runner-up) medals, with 45 compared to New Zealand’s 44. Those are both outstanding results considering each country gets to enter just 100 wines: a strike-rate of close to 50% for awards of a gold medal and higher when you take all awards into account.
And let’s not forget the USA topped the list of trophies for best wines in class, with six. This was a great achievement for American judge Jon Bonné, in his first year of involvement. The USA also won the trophy for top wine of competition, with the stunning Roederer Estate l’Ermitage Brut ’07.
Take nothing away from New Zealand: as the country with the second-smallest wine industry of the six, it punches well above its weight.
Below is the table of key results.
Full results are at www.sixnationswine.com.au
Nation of Show: New Zealand
Second place: Australia
Wine of Show: USA – Roederer Estate L’Ermitage Brut Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2007
Red Wine of Show: New Zealand – Akarua Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2014
White Wine of Show: USA – Anthony Road Dry Riesling 2014
Trophies and class winners by nation
|Class 1 – Sparkling Wine||USA||New Zealand|
|Class 2 – Riesling||USA||Canada|
|Class 3 – Aromatic Non-Riesling||USA||New Zealand|
|Class 4 – Sauvignon Blanc||New Zealand||New Zealand|
|Class 5 – Chardonnay||USA||Australia|
|Class 6 – White Wine Blends||South Africa||Australia|
|Class 7 – Other White Varieties||Australia||Australia|
|Class 8 – Pinot Noir||New Zealand||New Zealand|
|Class 9 – Merlot & Carménère||New Zealand||New Zealand|
|Class 10 – Shiraz/Syrah||South Africa||New Zealand|
|Class 11 – Cabernet Sauvignon||South Africa||Australia|
|Class 12 – Other Red Varieties||South Africa||Chile|
|Class 13 – Bordeaux Blends||USA||New Zealand|
|Class 14 – Other Red Blends Non-Bordeaux||New Zealand||Australia|
|Class 15 – Dessert Wines||USA||Canada|
Trophies and medals by nation
|Nation||Trophies||2nd Place||Double Gold||Gold|