Fewer golds from smaller vin­tage

Marlborough Express - - NEWS - ANAN ZAKI

Marl­bor­ough is yet again the big win­ner in the Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

The medals have been an­nounced fol­low­ing three days of de­lib­er­a­tion and tast­ing of more than 1300 wines.

A to­tal of 794 medals were awarded, in­clud­ing 80 gold medals, 221 silver medals and 493 bronze medals.

Marl­bor­ough won 41 gold medals, slightly down from last year’s tally of 44.

But the num­ber of gold medals awarded across the board were down from last year’s to­tal of 91, and NZ Wine global events man­ager An­gela Wil­lis said the num­ber of en­tries were down from last year.

‘‘We were down 50 or so en­tries be­cause of the smaller vin­tage, so we’re de­pen­dent on na­ture,’’ Wil­lis said.

Pinot noir was also a big win­ner again in this year’s edi­tion of the awards. The new chair of judges War­ren Gib­son said the pinot noir wines pre­dom­i­nantly came from Cen­tral Otago, but Marl­bor­ough and Mart­in­bor­ough were also in the mix.

‘‘Marl­bor­ough has per­formed very strongly [over­all] this year ... but it is good to see Cen­tral Otago

"We were down 50 or so en­tries be­cause of the smaller vin­tage, so we're de­pen­dent on na­ture." NZ Wine global events man­ager An­gela Wil­lis

and Hawkes Bay bring­ing in plenty of gold medals too,’’ Gib­son said.

Hawkes Bay suf­fered the big­gest drop from the re­gions as it re­ceived 14 gold medals, down from 24 last year.

Twenty pinot noir wines were awarded gold and de­spite the cat­e­gory be­ing well ahead of the rest, Gib­son said wines in other cat­e­gories were ‘‘ex­cep­tional’’, par­tic­u­larly from chardon­nay, sauvi­gnon blanc and mer­lot, caber­net and blends.

The ‘best of the best’ tro­phy­win­ning wines will be an­nounced at an awards din­ner on Novem­ber 25 at the Pet­ti­grew Green Arena in Napier.

The Air New Zealand Cham­pion Wine of the Show will also be an­nounced at the same din­ner.

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