Local businesses are often licked but never beaten as prizes go to the best
Nelson’s food and beverage producers produce some of the best products in New Zealand, as proven by their results in various competitions including local, national and international events.
Whether it’s cheese, soft drinks, beer, wine or ice cream, to name a few categories, our local businesses are climbing to the heights of success.
In the past two weeks, two notable successful companies have achieved great things, one in a local competition and one national in a national competition.
On the national stage, New Zealand Creameries won 15 outstanding medals for 11 ice creams across five categories at the 2022 New Zealand Ice Cream & Gelato Awards, including a top prize for their Deep South Licorice ice cream.
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New Zealand Creameries is the parent brand of Motueka Creamery and Deep South Ice Cream. You may recall that I wrote about Motueka Creamery a few years ago and was impressed with the effort the team at Motueka put into creating fantastic products.
Since then, Deep South has been added to the portfolio under New Zealand Creameries.
“The team at New Zealand Creameries take great pride in creating delicious ice cream using top quality ingredients, so being recognized at ice cream awards for their two brands, Motueka Creamery and Deep South, is always a pleasure” , says Dene, managing director of New Zealand Creameries. Brosnan.
“Our Deep South Licorice won a gold medal in the standard ice cream category, which we were really pleased with, but it also received the supreme award for its category, which was amazing!
“It shows that this is anything but standard. It’s one of our popular flavors at dairies across the country,” says Dene.
“Making and eating ice cream is all about fun and flavor, so we were very pleased that Deep South Aspiring Caramel Cookie Dough, Deep South S’mores and Motueka Creamery Strawberry Meringue all achieved bronze medals in the “new to market” category. as “premium ice cream,” says Dene.
“Our commitment to quality was also recognized with the Motueka Creamery Passionfruit and White Chocolate & Raspberry flavors winning bronze medals in the ‘premium ice cream’ category.”
“It’s always great to be recognized with industry awards, but we also love to hear when people tell us how much they enjoy eating our ice cream – whether it’s a scoop from the local dairy or a share a family container from the supermarket, Kiwis love our ice cream, which is awesome,” he says.
A local annual competition is the Colin Harrison Memorial Trophy competition to find the best Chardonnay in the region. This year it was won by Seifried Estate Family Winemakers with their Seifried Estate Winemakers Collection Barrique Fermented Chardonnay 2020 (RRP $29)
The Colin Harrison Memorial Trophy was established in memory of Colin who was a huge supporter of Nelson wines, Chardonnay in particular. He was also heavily involved in the original Taste Nelson festival in the 1990s and was a major driver of local food and drink prices at the same time.
I was one of the judges for this award for several years, but since I was unable to participate this year, I caught up with one of the judges, Trudy Shield, to find out what the judges liked about wine.
“My overall impression of the Colin Harrison judging was that there were two distinct styles presented for judging, one reasonably heavily oaked, ripe and rich with higher alcohol and more intensely flavored, the second lighter with more minerality but in many cases also quite heavily wooded. .
“Of course the wines were all blind tasted, but I guess that difference was between the clay soils and the plains fruit.
“The fact that Seifried’s Winemakers Collection Barrel Fermented won is a reward for them, as it will likely be plains fruit with the potential to be less heavy. The wine had excellent depth of flavor, good core and the balance was excellent.
Seifried Estate Nelson Chardonnay 2020 ($20) also took 3rd place while Tohu Wines Whenua Matua 2019 Chardonnay came in second.
We have to remember that these two Seifried Estate 2020 wines were made under the first very strict Covid lockdown conditions, which meant that the producers had to work under very unusual conditions when making the wines during this particular vintage .
“It was certainly a very trying time,” said Heidi Seifried-Houghton, winemaker at the Seifried Estate.
“Some of our key overseas employees left at short notice before the borders closed, so our team was much smaller than usual for much of the vintage.
“My sister, Anna, was our Covid coordinator and we had to register with MBIE as an essential business, we had our staff working in bubbles and we worked very hard to minimize any risk. It really defined our vintage, things changed overnight.
“You face all these challenges, but you just have to keep going, put one foot in front of the other and keep going, to be honest, it’s been the same for three years.
“We had a very good run through all of our vintages with no Covid during the vintage and we had no workplace spread.
“2020 has been a very good vintage for us, and we are working hard to ensure that the best possible wines make it into our Winemaker’s Collection line.
“It’s really nice to see the two Chardonnays doing so well because we’re trying to make wines that give too much. We try to build a lot of quality into every wine we make, so we deliver great value wines as well as quality wines.
Heidi told me the whole Covid situation taught them a lot.
“Seifried Estate has traditionally employed international interns during the harvest, but Covid stressed that we can manage with our own staff. Everyone from the vineyard and cellar teams really pulled together and ended up doing whatever was necessary.
“We have great all-rounders who are able to get into anything, today, for example, the winery staff are planting young vines and that gives people an appreciation for the whole winemaking cycle. .”
These and other awards prove that you can buy local produce with absolute confidence in quality, whether it’s a fine wine to enjoy with dinner or a dish of ice cream for dessert. , the region meets your dietary needs.