Major trophy for Waimea's gewurztraminer

Nelson winery Waimea Estates has won another trophy to add to its bulging cabinet after its gewurztraminer was selected champion in its class at the New Zealand International Wine Show.

General manager and viticulturist Ben Bolitho said he was thrilled with the company's win at New Zealand's largest wine awards, which this year attracted 2122 entries.

Its gewurztraminer 2011 had earlier won a gold medal - one of just four handed out for the variety by the judges who announced the class trophy winners.

Mr Bolitho said Waimea had previously won gold medals and trophies for its gewuztraminers but 2011 was one of its best vintages with "beautiful purity of fruit and aromatic lift from a great vineyard".

In the past three years, the company had won 51 golds and 13 trophies in competitions across seven different wine styles.

Tasman Bay 2010 Chardonnay won a gold medal in the New World 2012 wine awards.

The win was omitted from a story the Nelson Mail ran on the awards due to incorrect information supplied.

The Nelson Mail