SPADE OAK STRIKES DOUBLE GOLD AND TROPHY FOR BEST NEW ZEALAND WINE PRODUCER IN THE CHINA WINE AWARDS 2012
Spade Oak has won two of the 19 medals awarded to NZ, gaining double Gold for both the 2010 Viognier and 2009 Noble Viognier, as well as the Trophy for NZ Wine Producer of the Year 2012 with their single vineyard Spade Oak Reserve 2009 Noble Viognier. With a container of Spade Oak red wine heading to China in November these awards will most certainly provide opportunities for the Viognier to follow.
Steve Voysey, Winemaker and owner of Spade Oak said, " It is good to see Gisborne wines performing so well on the world stage. As a variety Viognier does well in the Gisborne climate where the ripe stone fruit flavours shine. We chose to enter the Viognier in the belief that it would be a variety the Chinese market would like due to the natural saltiness and texture from the phenolic structure. We are thrilled that the results proved us right.”
Passion, family vision and the desire to put that passion into their own label has seen Eileen and Steve Voysey produce Spade Oak Wines.
From their own vineyard which is located in the centre of the Gisborne flats, they can proudly lay claim to employing a mix of “old world” traditional techniques with the narrow rows, low fruit zone, natural wild yeast, time and “new world” techniques such as gentle fining, filtration and reductive handling. Combining red and white varieties that are complimented to suit each other, express and explore the potential of the region, is very much in the foreground of their planning. They have taken varieties from the Burgundy and Champagne regions, Rhone, Austria, Spain and Southern France regions with a focus on new varieties for Gisborne.
The CWA are the only awards in the world judged specifically for the China marketand are entirely focused on consumer preferences and demand. Over a 2000 wines and spirits from producers from 37 countries competed for the most prestigious accolade in the Chinese market. The Judges are 100 of the most influential wine & spirits importers, distributors, food & beverage directors and sommeliers – all based in Greater China.
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