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NZ Winemaker awarded second World Pinot Noir trophy in a row

New Zealand Winemaker awarded World Pinot Noir trophy for the second year in a row!

New Zealand winemaker Andy Anderson has again beaten wines from the best in the world at London’s prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) to take out the World’s Best Pinot Noir Trophy.

Anderson was awarded the world’s best Pinot Noir trophy for his 2014 Takapoto Central Otago Pinot Noir. The win continues a 12 year long winning streak for New Zealand taking out the IWSC World Pinot Noir trophy.

A very pleased Andy Anderson comments “Winning the IWSC Pinot Trophy back to back is just a dream come true, it’s fantastic that both vineyards which our single vineyard wines are made from, have now won the trophy and is a true testament of the hard work that goes into making these wines.”

IWSC General Manager Adam Lechmere comments about Anderson’s win “To paraphrase Lady Bracknell, winning once might seem like good fortune, but winning twice is evidence of the most careful winemaking. He adds “Last year I said that to win two golds at the IWSC is a massive achievement and I can only repeat my words: to win two golds one year and trophy the next is a huge endorsement, and proof (if it were needed) that Andy Anderson is a winemaker of rare and consistent skill.”

Anderson was one of the first graduates of Lincoln University’s Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology in 1998. He went on to make wine in the Barossa Valley, as well as in Spain. On returning to NZ in late 2009, he went on to buy Cambridge Fine Wines and rekindle his friendship with old university mate, Rob Cameron, now of Invivo Wines, who invited Anderson to make with him what was to be Anderson’s first in a series of Central Otago Pinot Noirs at Invivo’s winery. In 2017, Anderson also won the IWSC New Zealand Producer of the Year Trophy, and this year he is again a finalist for the New Zealand Producer of the Year Trophy. The Producer Trophy is announced at the IWSC banquet dinner in November. He will travel to London to attend and collect the Pinot Noir trophy.

Takapoto Gibbston Valley Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2014

RRP $70

The wine is from Cox's Vineyard on the Gibbston Valley Plateau planted on its on roots in 1999.

Matured in 66% New French oak 33% 1 year old French Oak

Clones 113/115, Clone 5.

Alc 13.5%

Available from Glengarry Auckland, Vino Fino Christchurch, Hamilton Beer And Wine, The Winery Queenstown, Arrowtown Wines, Cambridge Fine Wines.


About the International Wine and Spirit Competition

Now in its 50th year, the International Wine & Spirit Competition remains as relevant today as it did when wine chemist Anton Massel founded Club Oenologique in 1969. Massel had the idea of creating a wine and spirit competition which was based not just on organoleptic judgement but where all entries also had to undergo chemical analysis.

In 1978, the name was changed to the International Wine & Spirit Competition, and the disciplines were refined into what we know the competition to be today. Technical controls were tightened to ensure the highest quality standards were achieved and maintained to a consistent standard year after year.

The original aim of the IWSC was to award excellence to wines and spirits worldwide, and this aim remains the same today, encouraging recognition for quality products.

Entries are received from nearly 90 countries worldwide and each sample is judged according to its class and treated with the same care and consideration in the IWSC’s dedicated tasting premises.

The IWSC is proud to set the international benchmark for quality, remaining unique in the crowded world of drinks competitions with dedicated tasting premises, a permanent onsite cellar and over 400 global experts judging products for seven months of the year.

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