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New Zealand wines win trophies - International Wine and Spirit Competition

New Zealand wines have beaten contenders from across the world to win both the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir Trophies for the 4th year running at the UK-based International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).

The Competition awarded the IWSC trophy for Sauvignon Blanc to the Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009.

The Bouchard Finlayson trophy for Pinot Noir was awarded to Mount Dottrel Central Otago Pinot Noir 2007.

“When it comes to absolute quality and class, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and more recently some if its Pinot Noirs, can upstage the best in the world,” commented IWSC chair judge and British wine industry veteran, Luciana Lynch.

Villa Maria Group winemaker Alastair Maling MW says the business is delighted about the award.

“Sauvignon Blanc is New Zealand's most important export variety and to have this recognition supports the hard work that has gone into the vineyard and winemaking by both teams,” he said.

At Mitre Rocks, the makers of Mount Dottrel, Roy McCallum says he is “surprised and delighted” by the award for the estate’s third vintage.

Giving credit to winemaker Carol Bunn and viticulturist James Dicey, McCallum said, “We have long held that Central Otago is the place to grow wine, which has been confirmed by winning such an important trophy.”

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

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