Bragato Gold

Brightwater Vineyards 2014 Nelson Pinot Noir has just been awarded a Pure Gold Medal at the Bragato Wine Awards in Blenheim this week. This follows on from the Gold Medal the same wine received at the Spiegelau International Wine Competition held in July.

Vintage 2015

The 2015 wines are all showing very good intensity and concentration of flavour. This concentration is really showing through nicely in the Sauvignon Blancs. The Pinot Noirs also are concentrated with nice ripe berry fruit flavours and great tannin balance. The Pinot Gris is very fruit driven and probably our best of the last few years. But the standout of the vintage will be the Chardonnays.

Two Golds at NZIWS

We’re delighted that two of our wines have been awarded Gold Medals at the New Zealand International Wine Show – one of New Zealand’s most prestigious wine competitions with the head judge being Master of Wine – Bob Campbell.

Vintage 2014

The season started off hot and early. The weather in November and December were more like our usual for February – hot and dry. Flowering was early and the grass dried to brown. Unfortunately for the holidaymakers the weather didn’t continue into January which was a little cooler and rainy. It came right again in February.


Well known wine writer, Neil Hodgson, profiles our progress in the current issue of New Zealand Wine Grower (Apr/May 2012). Noting our recent trio of success at the Royal Easter Show – Champion Chardonnay, Champion Wine of the Show plus Winemaker of the Year!

Vintage 2011

Harvest started early this year and with a rush. It seemed that everything was ripening at the same time. A very busy couple of weeks picking Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling then, by the start of April, just about everything had been picked. Another two weeks and it was all in the tanks. Fermenting nicely.

Sauvignon Blanc wins gold again!

We’ve just been awarded a gold medal for our 2010 Nelson Sauvignon Blanc at the inaugural Spiegelau International Wine Competition.
This continues our golden record of having received gold medals for Sauvignon Blanc every year for the last six years!