Awards celebrate vintage
The 2012 Marlborough vintage is living up to expectations, with three wines from the region's wineries picking up champion trophies at the New Zealand International Wine Show 2012.
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 18 Snap Block Sauvignon Blanc 2012 was named champion sauvignon blanc, and Selaks Reserve Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012 won the champion pinot gris trophy and the title for the champion commercial white wine.
Riverby Estate Noble Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011 was awarded the champion sweet wine trophy.
Saint Clair Family Estate marketing manager Julie Ibbotson said despite the challenging weather conditions that faced the 2012 vintage, the winery was pleased with the exceptional quality and flavour of wines produced by the fruit.
"We are incredibly delighted with the success of the new vintage, which was the result of a huge team effort from the vineyard to the cellar," she said.
Bannock Brae Barrel Selection Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010 was awarded the champion pinot noir and champion overall wine.
The New Zealand International Wine Show 2012 had more than 2000 entries from 13 different countries and was judged in Blenheim in August.
Trophies were selected from 224 gold medals, 24 in the sauvignon blanc category, most of which were from the Marlborough region.
Wine company Negociants New Zealand was awarded wine company of the year after winning three trophies and 22 gold medals from its portfolio of national and international wines.
- The Marlborough Express