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Stoneleigh New Vintage Release Wins Gold

19th November 2012

Stoneleigh New Vintage Release Wins Gold at the Sydney International Wine Competition

Jamie Marfell, Stoneleigh Winemaker

Stoneleigh has been awarded a Blue-Gold Medal for the new vintage release of one of its most exciting wines, Stoneleigh Rapaura Series Pinot Noir 2011, at the Sydney International Wine Competition 2013.

Stoneleigh Rapaura Series Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011, awarded in the Pinot Noir category, is a single vineyard wine showing finesse and purity of flavour garnered from the unique gravel stony soils of the original Stoneleigh vineyard in the heart of the Rapaura region, Marlborough, New Zealand.

Jamie Marfell Stoneleigh Winemaker says to win a Blue-Gold Medal at the Sydney International Wine Competition is a true testament to the purity and quality of Pinot Noir coming from Rapaura.

“Rapaura Series Pinot Noir 2011 is an exciting, classically ‘Rapaura’ wine which is showing density that comes from the grape vines planted among sunstones in our vineyard. The sunstones reflect heat into the vines during the day to gradually ripen grapes with rich, intense flavour. On the palate, there is excellent purity, finesse and balance of red fruits and savoury notes which makes this a lovely Pinot Noir wine,” he says.

Stoneleigh was also awarded Highly Commended, in the top 15 percent of the competition, for Stoneleigh Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011 in the Pinot Noir category.

The Sydney International Wine Competition is the only major international wine show to judge finalists alongside appropriate food matches. Rapaura Series Pinot Noir 2011 and Stoneleigh Marlborough Pinot Noir 2011 were judged alongside a food match of Assiette of Duck with Baby Turnip. The dishes were prepared by leading Sydney chef Tony Bilson.

The 32nd Sydney International Wine Competition, Australia’s International Wine Show, was founded in 1982 and caps the number of wines in the competition to 2,000. The competition is European Union accredited.


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