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Best Aromatic search on

Entries for the 2008 International Aromatic Wine Competition are now open. The competition, held in conjunction with the Royal New Zealand Show, has commenced its search for the best of the best aromatic wine varieties available in the market for New Zealand wine drinkers.

With growing international acclaim, New Zealand wines are highly competitive in the global marketplace, with a local Sauvignon Blanc taking the top spot in the competition for three years running.

“New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc arguably sets the benchmark for this varietal on the international stage, however we are confident that with the growing success of other varieties, particularly Riesling, that there will be fierce competition for the Best In Show title”, commented Competition Convenor Rae Finlay.

The competition is open to all Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Viognier and other wine varieties including Muscat and Verdeldo, made in an aromatic style from any internationally recognised region.

The chairman of judges Terry Copeland leads a panel of experienced judges for the rigorous testing process. The judges’ backgrounds in wine vary greatly and add to the depth and creditability of the overall judging.

The competition also includes a class for the Best Label. Judged by design industry professionals, the class recognises the importance of branding and the significance of the consumer’s first contact with the product.

The winning wines will be on display at the Royal New Zealand Show in the Food & Wine NZ Pavilion.

Entries close Wednesday 15 October with blind judging taking place on Sunday 19 October 2008.

The Royal New Zealand Show runs from 12–14 November at Canterbury Agricultural Park Christchurch. Attracting over 115,000 people, over 7000 livestock and feature competition entries and 550 trade exhibitors, plus three full days of entertainment, it is the premier agricultural and pastoral event in the country.

For further information please contact: Nicola Cull Marketing Manager Royal New Zealand Show Telephone 03 365 4203 Mobile 0212 65 1174 Email ">n



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