The Ned gets the nod for Marisco
A Marisco Vineyards sauvignon blanc has been judged one of the top drops at the Decanter World Wine Awards held in London.
The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2011 beat 500 other entries of the same variety and was awarded the International Trophy for Best in Show Sauvignon Blanc Under £10 at an awards ceremony in London on Thursday.
It was the only New Zealand wine to win one of the 28 international trophies. However, Brancott Estate and Saint Clair Family Estate picked up regional trophies for their Sauvignon Blanc Late Harvest 2011, and Sauvignon Blanc Wairau Reserve 2011 respectively.
The Decanter World Wine Awards receive more than 14,000 entries from around the world, and are judged by 200 international wine experts.
About half the 500 sauvignon blancs entered were produced in New Zealand.
Marisco Vineyards winemaker Liam McElhinney has 10 years' experience as a wine maker and has been with Marisco for four years.
"The Decanter trophy is a wonderful endorsement to have because Britain is one of their most important markets," he said.
"This wine has been really successful in its own right, with six international gold medals, but this is certainly our biggest accolade.
"It's amazing to be recognised on a global scale."
However, because the northern hemisphere's vintage was six months behind New Zealand's, there were only limited supplies of the winning wine left, although the 2012 vintage would be on shelves soon, he said.
Marisco Vineyards owner and chief winemaker Brent Marris accepted the trophy at the awards ceremony in London and said the win was "priceless".
“We stake our reputation on our sauvignon blanc because it's what Marlborough is best known for internationally."
"The UK is such a traditional market, and so important to our business, this win is priceless."
More than 50 per cent of Marisco Vineyards' wine was sold in Britain and import volumes were expected to rise significantly over the next 12 months, he said.
"It will put us in a very strong position for selling the 2012 vintage there."
There were seven gold medal-winning Marlborough wines: 900 Grapes Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marisco Vineyards A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Saint Clair Pioneer Block Sauvignon Blanc Snap Block 18 2011, Shingle Peak Reserve Release Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Stanley Estate Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Sunday Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2011 and Villa Maria Cellar Selection Pinot Noir 2010.
For a full list of trophies and medals go to the website: decanter.com/dwwa/2012
- The Marlborough Express