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Pernod Ricard wines impress judges at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards
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Every year kiwi wine lovers eagerly await the results of the Air New Zealand Wine Awards to help them with their selection of prestige quality New Zealand wine. Wines from Pernod Ricard New Zealand took the spotlight and impressed the judges at the 2007 Air New Zealand Wine Awards, resulting in 55 medals being awarded, including three pure golds, 10 golds and 14 silvers.
The Air New Zealand Wine Awards, organised by New Zealand Winegrowers, is the premier wine competition in New Zealand and the country’s finest wines are discovered from 1,540 entries this year, the highest number of entries ever received in the 25 year history of the awards.
Fabian Partigliani, Managing Director commented “It is gratifying that these results reflect the hard work, passion and dedication of every member of the Pernod Ricard team. These award winning wines recognise excellence in winemaking and are testament to the expertise of our winemaking and viticultural teams, we are thrilled”.
New Zealand Winegrowers global marketing director, Chris Yorke, said the results from this year’s awards are an endorsement of New Zealand’s winemaking excellence across a range of varietals which are among the best in the world.
New to the awards this years was the sustainability category. Three pure gold medal winning wines Camshorn Classic Riesling 2007, Cottage Block Hawke's Bay Chardonnay 2006 and C J Pask Gimblett Road Merlot 2005 (distributed by Pernod Ricard New Zealand) will vie for the prestigious Champion Sustainable Wine Trophy for which only six wines were selected.