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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Other Whites

03-02-2010 | Category: South America North America Australasia White only Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

The New World’s emerging white wine categories have been patchy in previous SWAs. But this year, there were some genuinely impressive – and cheap – wines

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Chenin Blanc

03-02-2010 | Category: USA White only New Zealand South Africa Chenin Blanc Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

Solid, rather than great wines, and a return to dominance for South Africa

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Riesling, Gewurztraminer & Pinot Gris

03-02-2010 | Category: South America North America Australasia White only South Africa Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

A smallish but dynamic section, our sommeliers found some really good, food-friendly wines here at prices that make them all well worth a look

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon

03-02-2010 | Category: South America North America Australasia White only South Africa Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

Lots of wine, plenty of freshness, but not, for the most part, enough ambition. New World Sauvignon Blanc is a category that is rather treading water at the moment

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Chardonnay

02-02-2010 | Category: South America North America Australasia White only South Africa Chardonnay Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

Plenty of decent bottles and very few dogs meant that our tasters were positive about New World Chardonnay, though genuine excitement was in short supply

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Other Reds

02-02-2010 | Category: South America North America Australasia Red only South Africa Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

The usual mixture of styles, and a mixed bag of results too, with harsh criticism from the judges, but also more Gold Listed wines than ever before

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Pinot Noir

02-02-2010 | Category: South America North America Australasia Red only South Africa Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

New World Pinot’s strongest showing yet – and heartening signs of winemakers finding their feet with the grape as big fruit gets replaced with a more restrained style

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Syrah & Grenache

02-02-2010 | Category: South America North America Australasia Red only South Africa Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

Some very good wines here, with our tasters generally favouring those from the cooler climates and the mid-price points over expensive blockbusters

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: New World - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc & Carmenere

02-02-2010 | Category: South America North America Australasia Red only South Africa Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

Chile, again, was the country to catch, with Gold Listed wines throughout the price points. On this evidence, the Kiwis and Aussies need to pull their socks up

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: Varietal Classics - Australian Shiraz

02-02-2010 | Category: Red only Australia Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

Big wines and big prices abounded here, and although there were some worthy winners, our tasters would generally have preferred both wines and price tags to be smaller

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Sommelier Wine Awards 2009: Varietal Classics - New Zealand and Sauvignon Blanc

02-02-2010 | Category: White only New Zealand Sommelier Wine Awards 2009

Arguably the best performance from Kiwi Sauvignon since the start of the Sommelier Wine Awards, with variety and decent value too

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