Wine awards up for grabs

KAT PICKFORD
Last updated 10:57 09/11/2012

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Medal winners for the Air New Zealand Wine Awards will be announced on Wednesday after three days of intense judging in Auckland this week.

Michael Brajkovich led the panel of 25 wine experts in judging 1367 entries from 222 wineries across 17 categories.

Marlborough wines accounted for more than half the entries, with 635 wines.

This year's awards continued to focus on sustainability and entries from 2010 onwards had to be sustainably accredited. This resulted in a record 92 per cent of entries being sustainably accredited, up from 75 per cent last year.

Te Whare Ra owner and winemaker Anna Flowerday, of Marlborough, was one of seven judges with ties to the region.

Ms Flowerday said it was probably the most prestigious New Zealand wine competition.

Other Marlborough judges included Cloudy Bay winemaker Sarah Burton, LionNathan winemaking director Ben Glover, consultant and winemaker Oliver Masters, Mud House wine group global sales manager Jack Glover, Indevin winemaker Helen Morrison and winemaker Greg Harris.

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- The Marlborough Express

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