Champion wine award puts ‘icing on the cake’
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.