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Classes and volumes

Judging classes and minimum volume requirements for entry. 
Notes

Zero Alcohol wines must contain 0.5% ABV or less
Wines will be judged in vintage order, younger before older
• New Zealand wines retailing over $25 are eligible for entry and will receive a detailed evaluation, but are not eligible for the Top 50 selection
Click here for the entry criteria

Class /
Sub Class

Varietal

Minimum Stockholding Required

Class 1

SPARKLING WINES

1a

White - Bottle Fermented and/or Transfer Method

4,000 bottles (3,000 litres)

1b

Rosé - Bottle Fermented and/or Transfer Method

1c

Prosecco

1d

Other Sparkling Wines

1,800 bottles (1,350 litres)

Class 2

GEWÜRZTRAMINER

2a

Dry

1,800 bottles (1,350 litres)

2b

Medium

Class 3

PINOT GRIS

3a

Dry

4,000 bottles (3,000 litres)

3b

Medium

Class 4

RIESLING

4a

Dry

1,800 bottles (1,350 litres)

4b

Medium

Class 5

SAUVIGNON BLANC as a single varietal or predominant varietal in a blend

5a

New Zealand

4,000 bottles (3,000 litres)

5b

Other Origin


Class 6

CHARDONNAY

6a

New Zealand

4,000 bottles (3,000 litres)

6b

Other Origin

Class 7

EMERGING WHITE WINES not specified in classes 2, 3 ,4, 5 or 6

7a

Albariño

1,800 bottles (1,350 litres)

7b

Arneis

7c

Chenin Blanc

7d

Grüner Veltliner

7e

Semillon

7f

Viognier

7g

Other Single Varietal White Wines

7h

Orange Wines

7i

White Wine Blends

Class 8

SWEET WINES

8a

Any origin

1,000 bottles (375 litres)

Note: Sweet wines are not included in the Top 50 selection.

Class 9

ROSÉ

9a

New Zealand

4,000 bottles (3,000 litres)

9b

Other Origin

Class 10

PINOT NOIR

10a

New Zealand

4,000 bottles (3,000 litres)

10b

Other Origin

Class 11

SINGLE VARIETAL REDS

11a

Cabernet Sauvignon

4,000 bottles (3,000 litres)

11b

Merlot

11c

Cabernet Franc

1,800 bottles (1,350 litres)

11d

Carmenere

11e

Durif / Petite Sirah

11f

Garnacha / Grenache

11g

Malbec

11h

Montepulciano

11i

Petit Verdot

11j

Sangiovese

11k

Tempranillo

11l

Zinfandel / Primitivo

11m

Other Single Varietal Red Wines

Class 12

SYRAH /SHIRAZ

12a

New Zealand

4,000 bottles (3,000 litres)

12b

Other Origin

Class 13

RED BLENDS

13a

Bordeaux-style blend containing one or more of the following grape varieties as the dominant variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec or Petit Verdot

4,000 bottles (3,000 litres)

13b

Grenache-dominant Blend

1,800 bottles (1,350 litres)

13c

Syrah / Shiraz-dominant Blend

13d

Other Red Blends

 

Think you’ve got a winner? Enter now and compete with the best!

Entries close at 5pm on Friday 23 June 2023.

All enquiries are welcome and can be directed to the Competition Director:
Nadia Narot, Foodstuffs NZ
[email protected]

More information:

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