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New Zealand wine region honoured with its own Riedel glass
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A world leading glassware giant has honoured New Zealand wine this week, with the launch of a Central Otago Pinot Noir glass.
Riedel Crystal, a 300-year-old leader in varietal-specific glassware, created the “perfect glass” to enjoy Central Otago Pinot Noir after learning of the region’s reputation.
Rudi Bauer, Central Otago Winegrowers Association spokesperson, said 10th generation family member Georg J. Riedel ran a sensory workshop in the region in 2013 to discover the perfect glass for Central Otago Pinot Noir.
The workshop involved Felton Road, Mt Difficulty, Peregrine, Rippon, Akarua, Carrick, Rockburn, Quartz Reef, Maude, Mt Edward, and Amisfield wineries.
Unique from other Pinot Noir glasses in the Riedel portfolio, Bauer said the Central Otago Pinot Noir glass accentuates the aroma and taste of the region’s typical pure fruit-focussed and intense mineral style.
“The unique attributes and consistent quality of Pinot Noir from Central Otago has captivated critics and consumers around the world, and we’re excited about taking yet another step forward,” he said.
Central Otago Winegrowers Association worked closely with Riedel for over two years, and have reason to celebrate the attention their region has generated from the world-leading glass company.
“Riedel brought vision and endorsement to the creation of the perfect glass to enjoy Central Otago Pinot Noir. It is an important milestone in the development and reputation of our spectacular wine region,” Bauer said.
Pinot Noir is New Zealand’s second most exported wine. There has been 30 per cent growth in export sales of New Zealand Pinot Noir in the last five years, with 10.7 million litres exported in the 12 months to June year-end 2014. Pinot Noir is the most planted grape variety in Central Otago accounting for 77 per cent of all plantings in the region.