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Record year of success at International Wine Challenge

Media Release

15 May

New Zealand has record year of success at International Wine Challenge

New Zealand collect 38 Gold medals at IWC including 13 gold for their Pinot Noirs.

New Zealand winemakers demonstrated their excellence at the 30th International Wine Challenge winning 38 Gold medals in a record year of success.

Thirteen of the much-coveted Gold medals were awarded to Pinot Noir. "New Zealand's Pinot just gets better and better and it is hard to beat in terms of quality, consistency and value. One theme that came through in judging this year was the regional diversity. This is great news for New Zealand Pinot and one that suggests that vine age is now starting to have a significant impact" said Sam Harrop MW, Co-Chairman of the IWC. Sauvignon Blanc also scored highly collecting eleven of the 38 Gold medals awarded to New Zealand.

Emerging grape varieties fared well in the hands of New Zealand winemakers with Grüner Veltliner - typically found in Austria - and Albarino, which stems from Spain and Portugal, both picking up Gold.

Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC, says:

“The New Zealand Gold medal wines at this year’s International Wine Challenge have been stunning. We’ve come to expect excellent Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc from them, and as usual they have delivered, but their ability to cultivate foreign grapes shows their mastery of their craft. These wines have been tasted against thousands of contenders so it is a tremendous achievement that will catapult their product to an international audience."

The International Wine Challenge is regarded as one of the world's most meticulously judged wine competitions.

New Zealand’s Gold Medal winning wines:

Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Brennan Pinot Noir 2010

B2 Pinot Noir 2011

Coney Pizzicato Pinot Noir 2010

Delegat Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir 2012

John Forrest Collection Brancott Pinot Noir 2010

John Forrest Collection Waitaki Valley Pinot Noir 2010

Framingham Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Grasshopper Rock Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011

Huntaway Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Julicher Estate 99 Rows Pinot Noir 2010

Kingsmill Tippet's Dam Pinot Noir 2011

Tohu Mugwi Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Lawson's Dry Hills Chardonnay 2009

Lawson's Dry Hills Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Lone Goat Canterbury Late Harvest Riesling 2007

Marisco The Kings Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Matua Valley Single Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay 2011

Mills Reef Elspeth Cabernet Merlot 2009

Mills Reef Elspeth Trust Vineyard Syrah 2011

Mission Estate Martinborough Pinot Noir 2012

Nautilus Estate Marlborough Chardonnay 2011

Ostler Caroline's Pinot Noir 2010

Otu Sauvignon Blanc 2012

O:TU 102 Single Vineyard 2012

Church Road Reserve Chardonnay 2011

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 5 Bull Block Pinot Noir 2011

Waipara Springs Premo Pinot Noir 2010

Stanley Estate Albarino 2012

Tarras Vineyards the Canyon Pinot Noir 2009

Vidal Reserve Series Syrah 2010

Vidal White Label Series Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Villa Maria Private Bin Syrah 2010

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Mansion House Bay Vineyard Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Marks and Spencer Single Block Series R3 Pinot Noir 2011 (Yealands)

Marks and Spencer Single Block Series S1 Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (Yealands)

Yealands Estate Grüner Veltliner 2012

Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners www.internationalwinechallenge.com

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