|Trophies from the recent judging of the Marlborough Wine Show were announced to 150 people at a celebration dinner held in Blenheim last Saturday night. A total of 16 trophies were presented together with, for the second time only, the Marlborough Museum Legacy Award.
The Marlborough Museum Legacy Award for 2014 was presented to Coopers Creek for their Marlborough Riesling 2005, 2009 and 2013. Presenting the award, CEO of the Marlborough Museum, Steve Austin expressed the importance of the wine industry not only in Marlborough’s history but also in its future.
Receiving the award, Coopers Creek Chief Winemaker Simon Nunns said, "The team are honoured to receive such an award and it clearly demonstrates how wonderful Riesling, and Marlborough Riesling, can be as an aged wine’. He continued, "It’s wonderful to be involved with something in the here and now and even more wonderful to be involved with something that will still be relevant for many years to come."
The Riesling grapes utilised by Coopers Creek are grown by Grant and Kirsten Coles on their home vineyard in Spring Creek in Marlborough. It’s a site that has been a consistently strong performer for Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. In addition to the three vintages recognised at the Marlborough Wine Show this year, other Coopers Creek Riesling from this vineyard have secured impressive accolades over the years including the spectacular 2010 which was awarded: