Central Otago wines win
A Central Otago pinot noir with a hint of ‘‘something special’’ has wooed the Air New Zealand Wine Awards judges to take the top prize.
Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir Central Otago 2014 won the prestigious Air New Zealand champion wine of the show trophy at a black tie event in Auckland on Saturday night.
It is the third time in 10 years that a Central Otago pinot noir has won the top prize.
Chair of judges and Master of Wine Michael Brajkovich said the winning wine was one of the more complex pinot noirs in this year’s competition.
‘‘Pinot noir was undoubtedly the strongest class of wine this year, showing very high quality across a range of styles.
‘‘All of the gold medal winning wines are outstanding, but this older example had that something special to attract the judges’ attention in the trophy tasting.’’
The Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir Central Otago 2014 also won the JF Hillebrand New Zealand Champion Pinot Noir.
That same wine also won the Rabobank New Zealand champion chardonnay trophy.
The Maude Mt Maude Vineyard Dry Riesling Central Otago 2016 won the Rangitikei Chicken Champion Exhibition White or Sparkling Wine.
Eighteen trophies were awarded throughout the night.
Lowburn Ferry Wines co-owner Roger Gibson.