|New World Wine Awards - 2011
Welcome to the 2013 New World Wine Awards.We’re celebrating the eleventh year of our unique professionally judged wine competition.
The New World Wine Awards uses the same internationally recognised 20 point scoring system as other leading wine competitions, ensuring that medal winning wines are the best example of their type. The only difference is that all wines must retail for below $25 a bottle* and at least 6,000 bottles must be available for sale.
This year the judging got off to a shaky start. 18 pallets of wine and glasses had been delivered to the Westpac Stadium in Wellington when the July 21 earthquake hit. Luckily no damage was sustained and the event was successfully rescheduled.
We had a record number of entries and 1,099 wines from 157 wineries were judged over 2 days. An independent panel of 13 international judges blind tasted and evaluated the wines. Judging alongside the professionals were five Associate Judges, all Liquor Managers selected from New World stores, who undertook special training for the event. They receive valuable experience which helps them select wines for the New World cellars and answer your questions about wine.
In the ‘back room’ the stewarding team moved over 3,300 bottles of wine to their correct positions throughout the event. Each steward walked 15km a day with a total of 510km being walked in 3 days – the distance from Wellington to Hamilton! 2,100 Spiegelau glasses were hired and well over 6,000 glasses of wine were poured.
607 wines were awarded medals, illustrating the increasing quality of wines being entered into the show. 53 Gold, 122 Silver and 432 Bronze medals were awarded.
In response to customer demand, this year the New World Wine Awards was the first wine show to introduce a class for wines marketed as lower or reduced alcohol.
Each wine is judged solely on its merits. Using a double blind identification system, a panel of three judges individually assess and score each wine using the same 20-point system used in wine competitions worldwide. The panel then convene to discuss their findings and re-taste the top Gold and Silver wines. This means that a Gold medal wine in the New World Wine Awards is of the same quality as any other Gold medal wine.
In the final stages of judging, the best wines in each category are re-tasted by the entire judging team to determine the Champion Red, Champion White and the Champion Bubbles. Look out for the ‘Champion’ stickers to taste “the best of the best”.
*Normal retail price under $25 guaranteed until 3 November 2013. After this time the normal retail price may increase.