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Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2007 wins gold

Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2007 wins gold at the International Wines and Spirits Competition London 2009.

The UK’s most established wine competition, now in its 40th year, today released details of their winning wines from the Southern Hemisphere. The International Wine and Spirit Competition(IWSC) was founded in 1969 and is the premier competition of its kind in the world. Its aim is to promote the quality and excellence of the world's best wines, spirits and liqueurs. All entries of wines, spirits and liqueurs are blind tasted in groups divided by variety, region and vintage as necessary. Awards are made on a points system and sponsored trophies are presented in selected categories.

The IWSC is supported by a group of Vice Presidents made up of some of the most influential men and women in the trade, including Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, Miguel Torres, Marchese Piero Antinori, Robert Drouhin, Paul Symington, May de Lencquesaing, Gina Gallo, Rafael Guilisasti and this year’ s President, Chairman of The Edrington Group, Sir Ian Good.

Co-owner Stephen Farquharson said, "This is another great result for our family owned and run vineyard. This is a very prestigious international award and will help confirm the quality wine position of Central Otago Pinot Noir and raise the profile of Wooing Tree on the world stage, I have already had enquiries about the wine from overseas since the results were released today" Award-winning local winemaker Carol Bunn and her team at Vinpro make the wine.

The Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2007 is no stranger to success, having now won 6 gold medals this year:-

• Gold Medal International Wines and Spirits Competition, London 2009
• Gold Medal Royal Easter Show 2009 •
Gold Medal Hong Kong International Wine Challenge 2009 •
Gold Medal San Francisco International Wine Competition 2009 • Gold Medal New Zealand International Wine Show 2009 •
Gold Medal Liquorland Top 100 2009

Judges tasting notes, were as follows :-

"Youthful med deep crimson with mauve hints. Nose starts off quite savory, with smokey oak hints then comes a burst of vibrant sweet cherry, damson plum and raspberry. Joyously vibrant in the mouth, a very deft hand guided this wine to its full potential Sleek, elegant, smooth with vibrant fruit and a lingering taut finish. A very defining wine for the vintage."

The Wooing Tree Pinot Noir 2007 will be poured at the Annual showcase tasting of Gold award winning wines and spirits from around the world at the Glaziers Hall, London 23 October. This is followed by the awards Banquet at the City of London Guildhall 26th November, which will play host to over 500 esteemed guests, who will enjoy a five-course dinner accompanied by award-winning wines and spirits.

Wooing Tree is situated in the heart of Central Otago next to the town of Cromwell and opposite the big fruit sculpture. The family owned single vineyard site specialises in Pinot Noir and also produces a Rosé and a still Blanc de Noir called “Blondie” from the same grapes. The new label has had a remarkable first few years, 3 trophies, numerous gold medals, 5 star ratings, and praise from wine writers worldwide.

Wooing Tree wines are available at fine wine stores and restaurants through out New Zealand and many overseas countries. See


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