2016 Roundup

2016 Roundup

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There is always something to celebrate when working with top class people and products from our wonderful partner companies. Here are a few bits and pieces from this year.

Jim Barry Wines Named Winery of the Year by Matthew Jukes

Jim Barry Wines was named Winery of the Year by Matthew Jukes in his 100 Best Australian Wines. “My winery of the year this year is Jim Barry in the Clare Valley in South Australia. This recognition is due to the stellar work that this family-owned firm does in all sectors of their portfolio” said Matthew. As well as being named overall Winery of the Year, Jim Barry had three wines feature in the top 100 list, including their newly released ‘The Veto’ Riesling 2015 (not distributed in NZ), The Barry Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 and the McRae Wood Shiraz 2012.



D’Arry Osborn Receives Prestigious Legend of the Vine Award

At 89 years of age, third generation vigneron and current Managing Director of d’Arenberg, d’Arry Osborn has been named the 2016 South Australian Legend of the Vine by Wine Communicators of Australia. This award was created to recognise an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Australian wine industry.


Huia Vineyard Celebrates 20 Years

Claire and Mike Allan, along with their daughters, Sophie Eve and Tui Honey, celebrated the first 20 years of Huia Vineyards in October. To mark this milestone, they have been working on a collaboration with iconic NZ Artist, Dr Fiona Pardington. The Huia bird has long featured as a subject in Pardington’s photographs. Asking to use an earlier work for this project was the initial intention. However, Pardington loved Claire and Mike’s story so much that she has created a completely new, original work that has the art world buzzing and gallery buyers touting it as one of her best. There are only ten prints available of the work, titled “Inseparable Huia” with each fetching an asking price of $19,700. The work was unveiled publicly for the first time at the Huia 20th celebration and all ten works have now sold. Huia has produced a strictly limited edition run of two of their hero wines, featuring this beautiful work that shows a male and female Huia leaning towards each other, as if a moment away from embrace.

The two wines are:

  • Inseparable Huia Magnum – Huia Millennial Brut 2000
  • Inseparable Huia 750ml – Huia Blanc de Blanc 2010

These two wines are limited and not generally for sale.  Please enquire with your Negociants NZ Area Manager.

The Huia Blanc de Blanc 2010 which replaces the Huia Brut 2009 was also released at the 20th Celebration and is available for sale now. Click here for the tasting note.

Huia also have launced a redeveloped website, so take a look here www.huiavineyards.com


Otago Winner Celebrates New Zealand Junior Sommelier Title

The new Junior Sommelier of the Year title was won by Richard King, a 24-year-old from the Hilton in Queenstown, who has been celebrated his win with a helicopter tour over the vineyards of the Central Otago region and an afternoon of tutored tastings as part of the prize offered by Misha’s Vineyard, who sponsor this award.

The New Zealand Sommelier Awards are coordinated by Celia Hay, Director of the New Zealand School of Food and Wine with head judge Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas. The competition is a highlight of the New Zealand School of Food and Wine’s annual Wine and Food Celebration held in Auckland each September.


The Cuisine Good Food Awards

Held at the Auckland Museum, Negociants was a primary sponsor of these awards which showcase the best of the hospitality scene through New Zealand. The French Café took our Restaurant of the Year, Apero won Negociants NZ Best Wine Experience and the Opawa Best Drinks List award went to Charley Noble.


The Opawa Story

Opawa Wines proudly presents a video produced by Gather & Hunt. Winemaker Brett Bermingham takes you on a journey through Opawa Wines history and philosophy, while discovering the Opawa river with Driftwood Eco Tours.



Antipodes Gold at Fine Waters Tasting 2016

Antipodes is rightly regarded as one of the world’s finest waters due to its purity and subtle mineral character. This reputation has been further enhanced by the award of a Gold Medal at the First International Fine Water Tasting Competition held in China.

Judged by an international panel of five water sommeliers and experts, and competing with the world’s best mineral waters, Antipodes gained the top place in the Still Category for Low Minerality (< 250 mg/l). This fresh award follows on to Antipodes’ consistent success at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting, the world’s largest water competition, now in its 26th year.


Gold Medals Galore

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2016

Following three days of juding over 1,400 wines, 91 gold medals were announced in this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

From the Negociants portfolio, we congratulate the following gold medal wines:

  • Saint Clair Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Block Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Saint Clair Pioneer Block 20 Cash Block Sauvignon Blanc 2016
  • Nautilus Albarino 2016
  • Alpha Domus The Barnstormer Syrah 2015
  • Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Merlot
  • Saint Clair Premium Riesling 2015
  • Saint Clair Pioneer Block 15 Strip Block Pinot Noir 2015

For a full list of medals, click here.


New World Wine Awards 2016

Saint Clair Family Estate was awarded two Gold medals at the New World Wine Awards this year.

Gold Medal – Saint Clair James Sinclair Marlborough Chardonnay 2014

Gold Medal – Saint Clair Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Merlot 2015

Also from the Negociants New Zealand portfolio:

Gold Medal – Yalumba Y Series Pinot Grigio 2015

Gold Medal – d’Arenberg d’Arry’s Original Shiraz Grenache 2013

The New World Wine awards had a record number of entries this year with 1,319 wines being entered from 159 different wineries. Each wine is judged by an independent panel of 13 expert wine judges using the same internationally recognised points system as other leading awards.

For a full list of awards, click here.


The New Zealand International Wine Show 2016

Following a magnificent awards presentation in Auckland, Legend of New Zealand Wine, Richard Riddiford was awarded the Sir George Fistonich medal and 25 trophies were awarded for best in class wines.

From the Negociants portfolio, Champagne Ayala Brut Majeur NV was awarded the Trophy for Champagne & Methode Traditionnelle.

Gold medals were awarded to:


Saint Clair Omaka Reserve Chardonnay 2015

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 10 Twin Hills Chardonnay 2014

Sauvignon Blanc

Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Other White Varietals

d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne 2015


Ayala Brut Majeur NV

Ayala Brut Rose Majeur NV

Bollinger Special Cuvee NV

Cabernet Predominant Blends

d’Arenberg The Galvo Garage Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot Merlot Cabernet Franc 2012

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Cabernet Merlot 2014

Shiraz Predominant Blends

d’Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz 2013

The Barry Brothers Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

Pinot Noir

Delta Pinot Noir 2015

Nautilus Awatere River Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014


Gonzalez Byass Nectar Pedro Ximinez Dulce

Full list of awards, click here.