Cen­tral Otago wines win

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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.

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