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Wither Hills named top aromatic

A Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has taken top honours at this year’s International Aromatic Wine Competition.

Wither Hills produced the winning Rarangi Sauvignon Blanc 2008, taking out this year’s Supreme Champion Wine in Show Trophy.

Wither Hills, located in Marlborough, a dominant region in the production of this variety, was awarded the Supreme Champion Trophy from all Gold Medal winners. Judges agreed that it was no surprise that a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc once again took the top spot.

Chairman of Judges Terry Copeland commented on the winning wine. “Its fruit purity and amazingly focused structure shows why Marlborough is the leading region in the world for this variety”.

22 Gold Medals were awarded with 46 Silver Medals and 165 Bronze Medals also awarded from 496 entries received.

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

Terry Copeland led a panel of industry experts including Rex Ormandy, Simon Nunns, Ben Glover, Jane Boyle, Jack Glover, Cath Oates, Ant McKenzie, Petter Evans and Sarah Burton.

According to Copeland, it was great to see the high quality of wines across the aromatic spectrum continue into the 2008 vintage. “After such a stella 2007 vintage and the concerns of the size and quality of 2008, the results confirm the standard of viticulture and winemaking is incredibly strong in New Zealand”.

Of all the results the most satisfying is the strong gold medal showing from the Gewurztraminer class with 5 Gold Medals from 43 entries. “This clearly shows the dedication from winemakers and grapegrowers in taming and harnessing this difficult variety”, added Copeland.

All medal winning wines will be on display at the Royal New Zealand Show in November as part of the Food & Wine NZ Pavilion.

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 close to 600 trade exhibitors, plus three full days of entertainment, it is the premier agricultural and pastoral event in the country.

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