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Martinborough Pinot Noir wins Air New Zealand top trophy
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Martinborough’s Julicher Estate Pinot Noir 2008 has taken out the top title at the 2009 Air New Zealand Wine Awards, claiming the champion wine of show trophy.
The last time any Martinborough wine was awarded the champion wine of show trophy was in 1989.
Central Otago’s Olssens Annieburn Riesling 2009 was named top sustainable wine and received the Bell Gully sustainable wine trophy.
Chair of judges Steve Smith MW says Pinot Noir was one of the standout varietals of the competition and it was fitting that the varietal claimed top trophy.
“We have had two extremely good vintages in a row of Pinot Noir with over 300 wines entered in the 2009 competition — the most entered ever,” he said.
“The Julicher Pinot Noir 2008 is a true example of New Zealand Pinot Noir at its best, featuring a deep brooding black cherry colour, dusty plum and autumn forests on the nose.
“This is the first time the Pinot Noir pioneers of Martinborough have claimed the top trophy, and it is truly deserved.”
Smith also says the Olssens Annieburn Riesling 2009 was a world-class wine that left a lasting impression on the judging panel.
“It has a beautifully intense nose of flowers, lime and spearmint leaves and delivers a brilliantly juicy start to the palate,” he said
38 gold medals, including two pure gold medals to sustainably-produced wines, were also awarded to wines from eight of New Zealand’s ten key winegrowing regions.
There were 1655 entries in the competition.
Results are available at www.airnzwineawards.co.nz