2016 Six Nations Wine Challenge trophy presentation

Judith Kennedy presents USA consul general Valerie Fowler with the trophy for the Wine of the Show.

Judith Kennedy presents USA consul general Valerie Fowler with the trophy for the Wine of the Show. (Photo: Six Nations Wine Challenge)

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 Trophy Class Winner
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
New Zealand 4 5 14 25
Australia 1 2 18 25
South Africa 4 2 9 19
USA 6 2 5 20
Canada 0 3 4 20
Chile 0 1 3 14

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