Cham­pion wine award puts ‘ic­ing on the cake’

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By CHE BAKER

A Ban­nock­burn vine­yard has cleaned up at the New Zealand In­ter­na­tional Wine Show, win­ning the cham­pion wine, cham­pion pinot noir and cham­pion wine­maker of the year. Ban­nock Brae Vine­yard own­ers Craw­ford and Cather­ine Brown at­tended the awards cer­e­mony in Auck­land on Septem­ber 31 to ac­cept the awards for their Cen­tral Otago Bar­rel Se­lec­tion Pinot Noir 2010. Mrs Brown said they had an inkling they were go­ing to re­ceive the pinot noir award. But tak­ing home the cham­pion of show award was ‘‘the ic­ing on the cake’’, she said. The vine­yard, which first pro­duced a vin­tage in 2001, had won more than 22 gold medals for its wine, but ‘‘this is the ul­ti­mate award yet’’, she said. "It’s not just good for us (Ban­nock Brae Vine­yard), it’s great for Cen­tral Otago," she said. The show’s judg­ing panel, led by Mas­ter of Wine Bob Camp­bell, as­sessed 2122 en­tries from 13 coun­tries. Ban­nock Brae wine­maker Jen Parr was recog­nised for her skills when named the New Zealand Cham­pion Wine­maker of the Year. Mr Brown said: ‘‘Great wine has to be made and we ac­knowl­edge the ob­vi­ous tal­ent and skill our wine­maker has ap­plied to the cre­ation of our wines – she is a star.’’ Those want­ing to try a taste of the win­ning wine can do so, be­cause it was re­leased to the New Zealand mar­ket last week.

Top drop: Ban­nock Brae Vine­yard owner Cather­ine Brown, of Ban­nock­burn, with the Cham­pion Pinot Noir and Cham­pion Wine of the Show awards the vine­yard won at the 2012 New Zealand In­ter­na­tional Wine Show in Auck­land.

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