Ac­co­lades pour in

Cen­tral Otago wines im­press judges

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Cen­tral Otago wines have had an­other suc­cess­ful week on the ac­co­lade front with one pinot noir tak­ing out top hon­ours at the Lon­don In­ter­na­tional Wine and Spir­its Com­pe­ti­tion for the third time. Valli Vine­yards won the tro­phy for World’s Best Pinot Noir for its Valli Gibb­ston Vine­yard Pinot Noir 2010, at the Lon­don com­pe­ti­tion last week. Two Pad­docks Pinot Noir 2010 was awarded as a ‘‘gold out­stand­ing’’ at the com­pe­ti­tion. It was the first in­ter­na­tional wine com­pe­ti­tion Two Pad­docks had en­tered af­ter ac­tor and pro­pri­etor Sam Neill’s long-stand­ing pol­icy not to en­ter com­pe­ti­tions. An­other two wines, The Gibb­ston Val­ley Cen­tral Otago Pinot Noir 2011 and The Gibb­ston Val­ley China Ter­race Pinot Noir 2011, achieved 5 star rat­ings at the Cui­sine mag­a­zine’s New Zealand Pinot Noir tasting. The tasting panel of wine ex­perts, headed up by re­spected in­ter­na­tional judge John Belsham, re­viewed 325 Pinot Noir wines from throughout New Zealand for the multi-award-win­ning mag­a­zine. Only 25 were awarded five stars. The Gibb­ston Val­ley Cen­tral Otago Pinot Noir 2011 shone for the judges, who ranked it num­ber 6 in the Top 10 Pinot Noirs. Judges lauded the mod­ern-style pinot as ‘a dark, con­cen­trated wine with be­guil­ing flo­ral aro­mat­ics lead­ing to a rich, full-on mouth­ful’. Judges com­ment­ing that the Gibb­ston Val­ley China Ter­race Cen­tral Otago Pinot Noir 2011 ‘shone like a bea­con, rep­re­sent­ing the essence of the re­gion with an al­lur­ing core of ripe dark fruit edged with a tarry, min­eral note’.

Cheers: Valli Vine­yard owner and cham­pion wine maker Grant Tay­lor.

Out­stand­ing: Sam Neill at his Two Pad­docks vine­yard.

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