New Zealand wines dominate at Sydney International Wine Competition

Villa Maria founder and managing director Sir George Fistonich at the company's Marlborough winery.
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Villa Maria founder and managing director Sir George Fistonich at the company's Marlborough winery.

Marlborough wines held their own across the Tasman, making the region the most successful winegrowing area at a prestigious Australian competition.

The results of the 37th annual Sydney International Wine Competition, featuring 1911 wines from eight countries, has been revealed after judging took place in October.

The competition is noted for pairing food with the wines being judged, which organisers say makes it more relevant for consumers and the way they experience wine.

A total of 290 TOP100, Blue-Gold and Gold awards were given out during the show, with Marlborough wines taking out 59 awards, the most of any winegrowing region in the competition.

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The region, which produces the majority of New Zealand wine, dominated in its flagship variety sauvignon blanc, as well as scooping a number of pinot noir awards.

All 19 of the Top100 and Blue-Gold winners in the pinot noir class were from New Zealand, with a fairly even spread between Marlborough, Central Otago and Martinborough.

Saint Clair Family Estate won the Perpetual Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc, and Marisco Vineyards picked up the trophy for Best Still Rose Wine.

Rose saw a resurgence of popularity at the awards, with Irish chat show host Graham Norton taking out a Blue-Gold award for his New Zealand rose, made with grapes sourced from Marlborough and Hawke's Bay.

Villa Maria, another wine company with a Marlborough presence, won the Most Successful Winery of the Competition trophy.

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 - The Marlborough Express

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