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Emerging varietal wins gold for the first time

A total of 38 gold medals have been awarded at this year’s Romeo Bragato Wine Awards with an emerging new varietal awarded a gold medal for the first time.

Mike Wood, grapegrower for Obsidian Vineyard in Auckland, used Italian Montepulciano grapes to create the gold medal winning wine — Weeping Sands Montepulciano 2006 in the Other Red Wines 2006 category. It is the first time that this vartietal has won a gold medal at a New Zealand wine competition.

A 10% rise in overall entries and new varietials of wine, such as the Montepulciano and the Italian Dolchetto, starting to emerge show an increasing diversity in New Zealand grapegrowing.

The final medal tally consisted of 448 medals; 38 gold, 104 silver and 306 bronze.

Chairman of Judges, Larry McKenna, said that the quality of wine was extremely high this year with judging based on three categories; colour and clarity, aroma and bouquet, and taste and general impression.

“It has been a great year for the aromatics, especially Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling. The gold medal for Montepulciano signifies the increasing diversity in New Zealand wine,” he said.

The Romeo Bragato Awards, held in conjunction with the Romeo Bragato conference, celebrates the quality of grape and the contribution of the grape grower.

Trophy winners (the top wine from a varietal class) will be announced at the annual Romeo Bragato conference awards dinner on Saturday August 25 at the Ellerslie Convention Centre in Auckland.

A complete list of medal winners can be downloaded from www.nzwine.com/news



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