North Canty’s win­ning Waipara wine

Christchurch Mail - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - EMMA DANGER­FIELD

Raise a glass to the team at Waipara Hills, who are con­sis­tently pro­duc­ing some of the coun­try’s top wines.

The win­ery was the big win­ner at the New Zealand Aro­matic Wine Com­pe­ti­tion and Can­ter­bury Wine Com­pe­ti­tion judg­ing week­end in Christchurch this month.

Vine­yard man­ager Jean-Luc Dufour said the win­ery’s re­cent suc­cesses were down to an amaz­ing team of ded­i­cated work­ers, who were all right­fully very pleased and proud.

Dufour said it also helped that the Waipara re­gion was made for pro­duc­ing top-class Ries­ling, and he should know — it is his favourite wine, and he has been at the win­ery since 1994, the same year the first no­ble grapes were planted.

Wine­maker An­drew Brown was also de­lighted with the awards.

‘‘To be awarded Supreme Cham­pion Wine in Show is a great achieve­ment for the whole Waipara Hills team, where our wine­mak­ing starts in the vine­yard.

‘‘It’s fan­tas­tic to see that a va­ri­ety like Ries­ling can stand out from the pack and this award recog­nises that the Waipara Val­ley is pro­duc­ing some of the finest aro­mat­ics in New Zealand.’’

Nearly 300 wines were judged over two days by a blind panel of in­ter­na­tional and na­tional wine judges, with the re­sults an­nounced last week.

Waipara Hills Waipara Val­ley Ries­ling 2016 was judged as the Supreme Cham­pion Wine in Show and Supreme Cham­pion Can­ter­bury Wine in Show as part of the new Can­ter­bury Wine Com- pe­ti­tion.

Chair­man of judges Jim Harre said the team at Waipara Hills had demon­strated the high­est qual­ity of wine­mak­ing again this year.

‘‘It’s ex­cel­lent to see this qual­ity shine through each year and we were de­lighted that their wines have again shown such a high stan­dard.’’

Waipara Hills scooped three from eight tro­phies in the New Zealand Aro­matic Wine Com­pe­ti­tion: Beck & Caul Supreme Cham­pion Wine in Show – Waipara Hills Waipara Val­ley Ries­ling 2016; Cham­pion Ries­ling – Waipara Hills Waipara Val­ley Ries­ling 2016; Cham­pion Rose´ – Waipara Hills Waipara Val­ley Pinot Noir Rose´ 2017.

Three tro­phies were awarded in the Can­ter­bury Wine Com­pe­ti­tion: Macvine Supreme Cham­pion Wine In Show – Waipara Hills Waipara Val­ley Ries­ling 2016; Can­ter­bury Cham­pion Ries­ling – Waipara Hills Waipara Val­ley Ries­ling 2016 and Can­ter­bury Cham­pion Rose´ – Waipara Hills Waipara Val­ley Pinot Noir Rose´ 2017.

EMMA DANGER­FIELD/STUFF

The team at Waipara Hills cel­e­brate a string of suc­cesses at the New Zealand Aro­matic Wine Com­pe­ti­tion and Can­ter­bury Wine Com­pe­ti­tion.

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