Trophy haul for Yealands


Yealands Estate chief winemaker Tamra Washington collected three International Wine Challenge Awards trophies at a ceremony in London this week.

The Yealands Estate Single Block S1 Sauvignon Blanc 2011 won the International Sauvignon Blanc, the White Marlborough trophy and the 2012 James Roger Trophy.

The James Roger Award is presented to the best wine in the challenge, in its first year of production. The wine must be a new blend and label, or from a recently acquired single vineyard site.

Ms Washington said the awards recognised that the quality of sauvignon blanc coming out of Yealands Estate is among the best in the world.

The wine is sold exclusively through Marks & Spencer in Britain, and is expected to be on sale in New Zealand later this year.

Yealands Estate owner Peter Yealands said the wine had been an overwhelming success in the British market, and he was looking forward to making it available to New Zealand consumers.

The International Wine Challenge is considered one of the largest and most prestigious wine competitions, featuring more than 12,000 wines. Trophies are awarded to the best examples from their class and selected from the gold medal wines.

The trophies were announced in June and presented this week. Other Marlborough winners were: Cuvee No 8 NV, by No 1 Family Estate, won the New Zealand Sparkling Trophy; Saint Clair Pioneer Block 14 Doctor's Creek Pinot Noir 2010, by Saint Clair Family Estate, won the Red Marlborough Trophy; and John Forrest Collection Waitaki Valley Pinot Noir 2009, by Forrest Wines, won the Waitaki Trophy and the New Zealand Pinot Noir Trophy.