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Kiwi Winery Trumps International Awards

Media release October 14, 2011

Kiwi Winery Trumps International Awards

Award-winning Kiwi winery Mud House continues to trump the competition overseas, with the 2011 Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc winning prestigious accolades at the 2011 International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC).

Scooping both a Gold medal and Best in Class at the IWSC, the 2011 Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc was a standout success for the New Zealand winery, beating out entries from more than 82 countries worldwide.

Described as “delicious” and “a terrific example of a beautifully made wine” by the IWSC judging panel, the 2011 Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc received high praise in its tasting notes.

“Zesty lifted nose of crushed bramble leaf, kiwi, cucumber and citrus. In the mouth mange tout flavours caress with a mild touch of red pepper and lime leaf,” furthered the enviable sentiments expressed by the judging panel in favour of the 2011 Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

A highly regarded international competition, the IWSC was founded in 1969 and is the premier competition of its kind in the world. Held in the United Kingdom, it aims to promote the quality and excellence of the best wines, spirits and liqueurs the world over.

This standard is achieved through a rigorous two-stage judging process of professional blind tasting and detailed technical analysis that takes place at the IWSC competition's headquarters in Surrey, United Kingdom. To ensure perfect conditions, the premises include temperature-controlled cellars, a fully equipped independent laboratory for technical analysis, and three dedicated tasting rooms.

The Competition is backed by a group of vice presidents made up of the most influential people in the trade and has the support of many of the world’s top wine and spirits producers.

Mud House Wines marketing manager Cathy Wansink says gaining an award in the IWSC is an outsanding achievement for the winery.

“The International Wine and Spirits Competition is a hugely celebrated competition and the Gold medal and Best in Class awarded to the 2011 Mud House Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is testament to the passion, commitment and hard work demonstrated by our viticulturalists and talented winemakers every day,” says Wansink.

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