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Otago Pinot Noir Named World’s Top Red Wine

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5 September 2008

Wild Earth Central Otago Pinot Noir Named World’s Top Red Wine

Wild Earth Wines, a Central Otago winemaker, has just been awarded the Trophy for Top Red Wine at the International Wine Challenge, the world’s largest competition. It beat 31 other red wine trophy winners from around the globe in the final judging round, announced on Wednesday night (3 Sept) in London.

With almost 10,000 wines in contention, International Wine Challenge is the world’s premier wine competition. The Wild Earth Pinot Noir 2006 took five trophies in total at the event, taking the trophy count for this wine to an astonishing six awards.

The Trophies awarded to Wild Earth at the International Wine Challenge 2008 are:

 Top International Red Wine
 Top International Pinot Noir
 Top New Zealand Red Wine
 Top New Zealand Pinot Noir
 Top Central Otago Pinot Noir

In May, at the Decanter World Wine Awards, the second largest wine show globally, the Wild Earth Pinot Noir 2006 was awarded the Top New Zealand Pinot Noir trophy. It has previously been awarded Gold Medals in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, with this new set of accolades reconfirming the impressive standard set by this young winery.

The owners of Wild Earth, Quintin and Avril Quider, are elated with the awards, ``Central Otago produces so many outstanding wines and this latest trophy simply re-emphasises the incredible potential of the wines from our region. The award comes at the perfect moment as we’re currently seeking investment capital for expansion.’’

Wild Earth Wines is a family owned winemaker, located at the very end of Felton Road in Bannockburn, Central Otago. Established in 1998, it has produced wines under the Wild Earth label since 2004. Its wines are entirely estate grown, available throughout New Zealand and exported to international markets including the United States, Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, China, UAE and Canada.


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