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26/10/2007

2007 Hawke’s Bay A&P Wine Awards

The Hawke’s Bay A&P Wine Awards has announced that an error by the Competition Director in recording the final decision on the winning two wines at the 2007 Hawke’s Bay A&P Wine Awards has resulted in the wrong wine being awarded the Champion Wine of the Show. The winner was Vidal Reserve Syrah 2005, not Gunn Estate 2006 Skeetfield Chardonnay as previously reported. Consequently the champion wine maker is Hugh Crichton and the champion Viticulturalist is Oliver Powrie

“We would like apologise for this mistake. It was an administrative error and we maintain full confidence in the Awards,” says Michael Pyatt, CEO, Hawkes Bay A&P Society Inc.

This error bears no relationship to the withdrawal of Gunn Estate 2006 Skeetfield Chardonnay from the Awards. Gunn Estate has withdrawn their wine from the Awards due to a perceived conflict of interest. Accordingly the Champion Chardonnay Trophy will now go to 2005 Sileni Estate Selection The Lodge Chardonnay.

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