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Grasshopper Rock's ongoing gold success

This week Grasshopper Rock received yet another gold for its Pinot noir bringing the total to 18 golds. The last time I wrote about medal tallies was in 2010 when I wrote a blog titled: “Grasshopper Rock’s thoughts on wine competitions”.

I said “Our mission has been to consistently produce quality Pinot Noir. This has driven our site selection, vineyard management and winemaking. Wine competitions have been the best public measure that consistent quality is being achieved. The Gold Medals awarded to Grasshopper Rock in its first four vintages gives us great confidence in this vineyard’s potential to produce some of the finest Pinot Noir”.

And I quoted an article by Jancis Robinson MW, one of the world’s most influential wine writers. “All the competitions can be criticised for being too generous with its bronze medals and commendations but I know from personal experience is that it truly is an achievement for any wine to satisfy an entire panel of judges that it deserves a gold”.  http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/winenews060... 

Four more vintages on and the gold medals keep coming. It is this consistency Michael Cooper required when he elevated Grasshopper Rock to his list of Potential Classic NZ Wines. http://www.michaelcooper.co.nz/wine-info/classic-w... 

It is a remarkable story when one wine can be awarded multiple golds six vintages in a row and in its fifth vintage be judged The Champion Wine and Champion Pinot Noir at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

Ultimately quality speaks. For the record here are the 18 gold medals listed by vintage:

2012 vintage
ELITE GOLD - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013
BLUE-GOLD and TOP1OO - Sydney International Wine Competition 2014
GOLD - Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2014

2011
GOLD – International Wine Challenge 2013
BLUE-GOLD and TOP100 wine - Sydney International Wine Competition 2013

2010
ELITE GOLD – Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012
GOLD - Bragato Wine Awards 2012 
GOLD - NZ International Wine Show 2012
GOLD - Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2012

2009
GOLD - Bragato Wine Awards 2011
GOLD - Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Competition 2010 
BLUE-GOLD and TOP100 - Sydney International Wine Competition 2011 

2008
GOLD – Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010
GOLD – International Wine Challenge
BLUE-GOLD and TOP100 wine - Sydney International Wine Competition

2007
GOLD - Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Competition
GOLD - Bragato Wine Awards
GOLD – Liquorland Top100 (Now Spiegelau IWC)