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Top 50 wines are flying off the shelves


20 October 2016

Top 50 wines are flying off the shelves

The 2016 New World Wine Awards Top 50 wines are more popular than ever with several already close to selling out just 10 days since the results were announced.

Jim Harré, chair of the independent expert judging panel, says each wine entered in the competition must have at least 5,000 bottles available for sale, so there is good availability of the award-winning wines.

“Given that all wines entered must also be priced under $25, and the increasing recognition among wine lovers of the calibre of this influential wine show, it’s not surprising that these award-winning wines are proving so popular,” says Mr Harré.

The Champion Chardonnay, Clearview Estate Beachhead Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2015 and the Champion Single Red Varietal, Sandalford Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 and five other Gold Medal-winning wines are now very low in stock nationwide:

· Saint Clair James Sinclair Marlborough Chardonnay 2014

· Henry’s Drive Pillar Box Red Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

· Goldfields Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014

· Mount Riley Marlborough Pinot Gris 2015

· Waimea Nelson Pinot Gris 2015

While there may be limited opportunities for wine lovers to find these wines in their local New World, the good news is there are lots of other Gold Medal wines to choose from. These are showcased in New World supermarkets nationwide, in the New World Wine Awards 2016 catalogue and online.

This year there were 1,319 entries in the New World Wine Awards. The 13-strong independent panel of wine experts who judged the wines using the same internationally recognised points system as all other major wine shows, awarded 88 Gold, 192 Silver and 499 Bronze medals. The best wines in each category were then re-tasted to determine the Champion wine of each key varietal.


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