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Classes and volumes

2020 New World Wine Awards Competition

Judging classes and minimum volume requirements for entry. 

Notes:

• RS (Residual Sugar) - As a guide only, ‘dry’ is 7.5g/L and under.
• Wines will be judged in vintage order, younger before older
• Classes 7, 11 and 12 will be judged in varietal order
• Wines in Classes 14 and 15 will be judged in their varietal class

Class /
Sub Class

Varietal

Minimum Stockholding Required

Class 1

SPARKLING WINES

1a

White - bottle fermented and/or Transfer Method ('classic' sparkling varietals e.g. Chardonnay / Pinot Meunier / Pinot Noir)

4,000 bottles (3,000 litres)

1b

Rosé - bottle fermented and/or Transfer Method ('classic' sparkling varietals e.g. Chardonnay / Pinot Meunier / Pinot Noir)

1c

Italian Sparkling Varietals (e.g. Asti, Moscato, Prosecco)

1d

White - other sparkling wine (aromatic styles e.g. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris)

1e

Rosé - other sparkling wine (aromatic styles e.g. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris)

1f

Other sparkling wines (e.g. Cava)

Class 2

GEWÜRZTRAMINER

2a

Dry – New Zealand and Other Origin

1,800 bottles (1,350 litres)

2b

Medium – New Zealand and Other Origin

Class 3

PINOT GRIS

3a

Dry – New Zealand

4,000 bottles (3,000 litres)

3b

Dry – Other Origin

3c

Medium – New Zealand

3d

Medium – Other Origin

Class 4

RIESLING

4a

Dry – New Zealand

1,800 bottles (1,350 litres)

4b

Dry – Other Origin

4c

Medium – New Zealand

4d

Medium – Other Origin

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

Sauvignon Gris

7f

Semillon

7g

Still Moscato

7h

Viognier

7i

Other Single Varietal White Wines

7j

White Wine Blends

Class 8

SWEET WINES

8a

New Zealand

1,000 bottles (375 litres)

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

8b

Other Origin

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 Franc

1,800 bottles (1,350 litres)

11b

Cabernet Sauvignon – New Zealand

4,000 bottles (3,000 litres)

11c

Cabernet Sauvignon – Other Origin

11d

Carmenere

1,800 bottles (1,350 litres)

11e

Durif / Petite Sirah

11f

Garnacha / Grenache

11g

Malbec

11h

Merlot – New Zealand

4,000 bottles (3,000 litres)

11j

Merlot – Other Origin

11k

Monastrell / Mourvèdre / Mataro

1,800 bottles (1,350 litres)

11m

Montepulciano

11n

Petit Verdot

11o

Pinotage

11p

Sangiovese

11q

Tempranillo

11r

Zinfandel / Primitivo

11s

Other Single Varietal Red Wines

Class 12

RED BLENDS

12a

New Zealand containing one or more of the following grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec or Petit Verdot

4,000 bottles (3,000 litres)

12b

Other Origin containing one or more of the following grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec or Petit Verdot

12c

Grenache as predominant variety – New Zealand and Other origin

1,800 bottles (1,350 litres)

12d

Tempranillo as predominant variety – New Zealand and Other origin

12e

Other Red Wine Blends (e.g. Rioja, Chianti)

Class 13

SYRAH /SHIRAZ as a single variety or predominant varietal in a blend

13a

Single varietal – New Zealand

4,000 bottles (3,000 litres)

13b

Single varietal – Other Origin

13c

Blend – New Zealand

13d

Blend – Other Origin

Class 14

WINES MARKETED AS LOWER OR REDUCED ALCOHOL will be judged in their varietal class

14a

Wines Marketed as Lower or Reduced Alcohol

1,800 bottles (1,350 litres)

Class 15

ORANGE WINES will be judged in their varietal class but noted as an Orange Wine

15a

Orange Wine

1,800 bottles (1,350 litres)


Information about the 2020 competition

Dates and deadlines - Key dates for the 2020 New World Wine Awards competition.

Conditions of entry - Terms and conditions of entering the 2020 New World Wine Awards.

FAQs - Answers to common questions about the competition.

Overview - Introduction the 2020 New World Wine Awards competition


Entries closed 26 June 2020.

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