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New Zealand wines pick up eight trophies at International Wine Challenge

EMBARGO 11:00 GMT 14/05/14

New Zealand’s winemakers receive worldwide recognition with major success at prestigious international wine competition

New Zealand’s wine industry will be celebrating today with news that its world-renown winemakers have been awarded eight highly-coveted Trophies at the International Wine Challenge 2014. The Trophies reflect New Zealand’s world leading winemaking credentials as they cover each of the country’s main wine varieties, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Syrah.

  • Three New Zealand Pinot Noirs picked up trophies with the overall New Zealand Pinot Noir Trophy going to the Mud House Estate Claim 431 Central Otago Pinot Noir by Mud House Estate.
  •  Hollywood actor turned winemaker, Sam Neill, received a trophy for his Last Chance Pinot Noir 2010 made at his Two Paddocks winery in Central Otago. Wollaston Estates also won a Trophy for its Woollaston Pinot Noir 2012.
  • TerraVin Wines, situated in Marlborough, New Zealand’s main Sauvignon Blanc wine growing region, beat off thousands of wines of wines from around the world to win the International Sauvignon Blanc Trophy for its TerraVin Te Ahu Sauvignon Blanc 2011.
  • Pernod Ricard New Zealand also received a Sauvignon Blanc Trophy for its Stoneleigh Latitude Sauvignon Blanc.
  • The New Zealand Trophy for Chardonnay went to the Pask Winery for its Pask Declaration Chardonnay 2012.
  • The Waipura Springs Premo Chardonnay 2012 received a regional Chardonnay Trophy.
  • The New Zealand Syrah Trophy, representing the finest example of the country’s Syrah went to Crossroads Winemakers Collection Syrah 2012 produced by Yealands in Hawke’s Bay.
  • The Champion wines across Red, White, Sparkling, Fortified and Sweet will be announced at the International Wine Challenge Awards Dinner on Wednesday 16th July at Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
  • Visit the IWC website for the full list of winners:


Charles Metcalfe, Co-Chairman of the IWC, said of New Zealand’s overall performance:

“The New Zealand trophy winners really blew us away at this year’s competition. The TerraVin Te Ahu 2011 triumphed over hundreds of global contenders to pick up the International Sauvignon Blanc trophy and is truly stunning. Typically known for its Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, it was wonderful to see other varieties picking up the top prizes.”

Charles continued:

“The International Wine Challenge is committed to rigorous and fair tasting and has subsequently earned its reputation as the most well-respected wine competition in the world. By hosting two separate tasting events across the year, wines are given the best chance to perform well, wherever they’re from.”

“If a shopper sees an IWC medal sticker on a bottle of wine, its quality can be trusted, as it has been selected by some of the world’s best tasters. Whether you are a wine novice or an experienced wine-drinker, our stickers can help you find a great wine every time,” he added.

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