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10/10/2014

NZ Riesling dominates in global competition

A Central Otago Riesling has scooped two top awards at the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC), while a Pinot Noir from Wairarapa secured the competition’s coveted Pinot Noir trophy.

Two Sisters Vineyard Central Otago Riesling 2009 was awarded both the single vineyard white trophy and the Jancis Robinson trophy for the Riesling class, while Lansdowne Estate Wairarapa Pinot Noir 2010 received the Bouchard Finlayson trophy for Pinot Noir.

“Having a New Zealand Riesling win two major trophies provides international recognition that the quality of wines being made from the variety in the country is truly world class,” Jo Burzynska, New Zealand wine writer and competition judge said.

“This win for Pinot Noir also indicates that New Zealand’s examples are up there with the world’s best.”

Of this year’s record-breaking number of entries to the IWSC from New Zealand, almost 90 per cent received an award.

This was the second highest rate for any country in the competition, whose overall average was 81.5 per cent of wines taking home a gong.

The IWSC, now in its 45th year, aims to promote the quality and excellence of the world’s best wines, spirits and liqueurs.

A full list of results is available at www.iwsc.net

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