Waiheke scores big at International Wine Challenge

00:55, May 26 2010

Two Waiheke vineyards have been awarded medals at the International Wine Challenge in London.

Passage Rock Wines and Man O’ War Vineyards both won gold and silver medals at the challenge which is the world’s largest wine competition attracting over 1000 entries.

In the international syrah class only 13 gold medals were awarded.

Just three of these went to New Zealand wines with two of the three going to Passage Rock’s Reserve Syrah 2008 and Man O’ War’s Dreadnought which also won gold at the Decanter World Wine Awards in the same week.

Man O’ War’s vineyard manager Matt Allen says, “The whole team is on a real high following the results and its great reward for everyone involved, knowing firsthand the hard yards required for such recognition.

“2008 was a truly amazing vintage to be a part of and the awards are further endorsement that wines produced from little old Waiheke can stand proud on a world stage.”

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Passage Rock co-owner David Evans says that by taking two out of the three gold medals, Waiheke is showing itself as a premier region in New Zealand for growing syrah.

“There were gold medals awarded to only 3.4 percent of all wines entered, meaning a gold medal at this show is a highly coveted award indeed.

“This is the eleventh gold medal Passage Rock has won for its reserve syrah and the sixth vintage in a row. It has also been classified as a New Zealand classic in Michael Cooper’s latest wine buyers guide.

“We are very proud of our achievement of consistent excellence for this wine and the growing reputation of Waiheke Island as a world class syrah growing region.” 

Passage Rock also received a silver medal for its Reserve Cabernet 2008 and Man O’ War received a silver medal for its Ironclad Merlot.

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