Accolades pour in
Central Otago wines impress judges
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.