The Winners Are? Ontario Wine Awards 2013

By / Wine + Drinks / May 15th, 2013 / 2

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Sparkling Wine Award

Gold: 13th Street 2008 Premier Cuvée

Gold: Huff Estates 2007 Cuvée Peter F Huff

Silver: Angels Gate 2010 Archangel Chardonnay

Bronze: Hernder Estates 2007 Sparkling Riesling

NOW Magazine

Dry Riesling Award

Gold: Flat Rock Cellars 2010 Nadja’s Vineyard Riesling

Gold: Daniel Lenko Estate 2009 Reserve Riesling

Silver: John Howard Cellars of Distinction 2011 Traveller’s Series Riesling

Bronze: Hinterbrook Estate 2011 Riesling

Cornerstone Insurance Brokers Ltd.

Semi-Dry Riesling Award

Gold: Tawse 2010 Carly’s Block Riesling

Silver: Burning Kiln 2011 Riesling

Bronze: Tawse 2010 Sketches Riesling

Luxor Realty Inc.

Dry White Varietal Award

Gold: Inniskillin 2012 Reserve Viognier

Silver: Château des Charmes 2011 Aligote, St. David’s Bench Vineyard

Bronze: Nyarai Cellars 2012 Viognier

Gewurztraminer Award

Gold: No Gold Awarded

Silver: Tawse 2012 Quarry Road Gewurztraminer

Silver: Konzelmann Estate 2011 Gewurztraminer Late Harvest

Bronze: Riverview Cellars 2011 Gewurztraminer

Niagara Airbus

Pinot Blanc/Pinot Gris Award

Gold: Stoney Ridge Cellars 2011 Pinot Gris Excellence

Silver: Angels Gate 2011 Pinot Gris

Bronze: Harwood Estate 2011 Pinot Gris


Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon Award

Gold: Angels Gate 2010 Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Silver: Sandbanks Estate 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

Bronze: Hillebrand Estates 2012 Trius Sauvignon Blanc

Bronze: Jackson-Triggs 2011 Grand Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Rosehill Wine Cellars Inc.

Oaked Chardonnay Award ~ Under $20

Gold: Rockway Vineyards 2011 Small Lot Reserve Chardonnay

Silver: Malivoire Wine Company 2011 Chardonnay

Bronze: Burning Kiln 2011 Cureman’s Chard

Steven Elphick & Associates

Oaked Chardonnay Award ~ Over $20

Gold: Exultet Estates 2011 Chardonnay “the Blessed”

Gold: Stoney Ridge Cellars 2010 Chardonnay Excellence

Silver: Tawse 2010 Quarry Road Chardonnay

Bronze: Huff Estates 2010 South Bay Chardonnay

Bronze: Tawse 2010 Estate Chardonnay

Bullfrog Power

Unoaked Chardonnay Award

Gold: Malivoire Wine Company 2012 Musqué Spritz

Silver: Vineland Estates 2010 Chardonnay Musqué

Bronze: Vineland Estates 2011 O’Leary Chardonnay

Dairy Farmers of Canada

Rosé/Blanc de Noir Award

Gold: Southbrook Vineyards 2011 Triomphe Cabernet Franc Rosé

Silver: Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards 2011 Rosé

Bronze: Château des Charmes 2012 Rosé, Cuvée d’Andrée, Estate Bottled

Bronze: Tawse 2012 Rosé

Crush Wine Bar

Gamay Award

Gold: Malivoire Wine Company 2012 Gamay

Silver: Château des Charmes 2010 Gamay Noir ‘Droit’, St. David’s Bench Vineyard

Bronze: Malivoire Wine Company 2012 Small Lot Gamay

Grape Growers of Ontario

Pinot Noir Award

Gold: Willow Springs 2010 Testa Pinot Noir

Silver: Angels Gate 2010 Mountainview Pinot Noir

Bronze: Flat Rock Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir

Red Hybrid Award

Gold: No Gold Awarded

Silver: Malivoire Wine Company 2011 Old Vines Foch

Silver: Sandbanks Estate 2011 Baco Noir

Bronze: Coffin Ridge 2011 Back From The Dead Red

Post City Magazines

Cabernet Sauvignon Award

Gold: Tawse 2010 Redstone Cabernet Sauvignon

Silver: PondView Estate 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Bronze: Calamus Estate 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon


Cabernet Franc Award

Gold: Pillitteri Estates 2010 Exclamation Cabernet Franc Reserve

Gold: Hillebrand Estates 2010 Showcase Red Shale Cabernet Franc ‘Clark Farm Vineyard’

Silver: Lailey Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc

Bronze: Magnotta Winery 2011 Cabernet Franc Special Reserve

Bronze: Inniskillin 2010 Winemaker’s Series Three Vineyards Cabernet Franc

The Stonemill Bakehouse Ltd.

Merlot Award

Gold: Malivoire Wine Company 2010 Stouck Merlot

Gold: Peller Estates 2010 Signature Series Merlot

Silver: Rosewood Estates 2010 Merlot Reserve – Wild Ferment

Bronze: Kacaba Vineyards 2010 Reserve Merlot

Syrah/Shiraz Award

Gold: No Gold Awarded

Silver: Rockway Vineyards 2010 Small Lot Reserve Syrah

Silver: Tawse 2010 Syrah

Bronze: Lailey Vineyards 2011 Syrah

The Ontario Wine Society

Meritage and Cabernet/Merlot Blends Award

Gold: Jackson-Triggs 2010 Delaine Cabernet Merlot

Silver: The Foreign Affair 2011 Dream

Silver: Vineland Estates 2007 Cabernet Merlot Reserve

Bronze: PondView Estate 2010 Meritage

VIA Rail Canada

Late Harvest Award

Gold: Konzelmann Estate 2011 Special Select Late Harvest Vidal

Silver: Crooked Pine Vineyards by Diamond Estates The Winery 2012 Cabernet Franc Late Harvest

Bronze: Sandbanks Estate 2011 Winter Harvest

Ottawa Wine and Food Festival

Vidal Icewine Award

Gold: Jackson-Triggs 2008 Proprietors’ Reserve Vidal Icewine

Silver: Inniskillin 2011 Gold Oak-Aged Vidal Icewine

Bronze: Inniskillin 2008 Gold Oak-Aged Vidal Icewine


Vinifera Icewine Award

Gold: Château des Charmes 2009 Riesling Icewine, Paul Bosc Estate Vineyard

Silver: Reif Estate 2011 Riesling Icewine

Bronze: Jackson-Triggs 2008 Grand Reserve Riesling Icewine

Blended White Award

Gold: No Gold Awarded

Silver: Small Talk Vineyards 2011 Faux Pas

Bronze: Fresh Wines 2012 Moscato


Blended Red Award

Gold: Creekside Estate 2007 Lost Barrel Red

Silver: Inniskillin 2010 Legacy Shiraz Merlot

Bronze: Creekside Estate 2010 Undercurrent Merazier

ASL Print FX

Best Label Design Award

Gold: Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc Reserve

Silver: Cattail Creek Estate 2011 Serendipity Rosé Estate Series

Bronze: Hillebrand Estate 2010 Showcase Red Shale Cabernet Franc ‘Clark Farm Vineyard’


Wine Journalism Award

Steven Elphick

International wine judge, oenophile and self-confessed foodie, Steven Elphick, expresses his lifelong passions through the photographic lens. What emerges bears his indelible mark on great brands and the foods and wines we love. As the exclusive photographer for Spectacular Wineries of Ontario, published by Panache, Steven takes you on a captivating photographic journey through Ontario Wine Country, where vineyards flourish in picturesque settings and winemaker’s dreams are born.

Ontario Wine Awards judge Gordon Stimmell reviewed this volume in his Toronto Star column. He wrote: ‘Spectacular Wineries of Ontario’ is a fabulous visual voyage through Ontario’s wineries. My wine colleague, Steven Elphick, spent hundreds of hours waiting for the right magical moment to capture with his camera the beauty and personalities that are at the heart of our local wine industry. His lens opens up the distinctive wine worlds of Niagara, Lake Erie North Shore, Prince Edward County and even pioneering northern vineyards.’

An accomplished photographer in the commercial advertising, product, food and beverage arenas, Steven continues to deliver high quality photography to clients with precision and care. Add to that a knack for delivering creative solutions that make ad agencies and clients look good, and you know you’re in the right hands. Steve’s images are widely published in books, magazines and advertisements worldwide.

Vintage Hotels

White Wine of the Year Award

Exultet Estates

2011 Chardonnay “the Blessed”

Vintage Hotels

Red Wine of the Year Award

Pillitteri Estates

2010 Exclamation Cabernet Franc Reserve

Vintage Hotels

Winemaker of the Year Award

Marlize Beyers

Hidden Bench Vineyards and Winery

Marlize joined the Hidden Bench team in the spring of 2010 bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience making premium wine in Niagara and internationally. In addition, Marlize has an intimate knowledge of working with estate grown, Bench fruit acquired over the last eight vintages working in Niagara.

A graduate of the renowned University of Stellenbosch, Viticulture and Oenology programme, Marlize is extremely well qualified and passionate to carry on and enhance Hidden Bench’s reputation for making benchmark, terroir driven wines from its three estate vineyards. Marlize’s belief that winemaking is a craft, supported by a healthy dose of science meshes very well with Hidden Bench’s quality focused attention to detail from vineyard to bottle and natural winemaking style.

When Marlize is not busy in the vineyard or the cellar, she can be found travelling or working in her garden with her husband Meiring and their young son David, or on a running or mountain bike trail staying fit.


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