Following a magnificent awards night presentation on Friday 25 October, 24 Trophies were awarded for best in class wines, winemaker and wine company of the show and the Sir George Fistonich medal for a Legend of New Zealand Wine.
The Nissan Champion Wine of the Show was awarded to the sensational Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017. This is a sensually smoky, silky, ruby-hued pinot with bright cherry fruit cocooned by soft chocolatey oak, woodsmoke and anise-like spices with refreshing acidity adding vibrancy to the juicy, supple, super long, satisfying finish.
All the Trophy winners and all medal results are available on the NZ International Wine Show website.
Since it’s inception in 2005, the New Zealand International Wine Show has been the largest wine judging competition in the country. Chief Judge, Bob Campbell MW is ranked as the most experienced wine judge in New Zealand. He also has a formidable team of Assistant Chief Judges – Larry Mckenna, John Hancock and Tony Bish.
This year the team of 24 senior judges awarded 291 Gold Medals, 376 Silver and 700 Bronze Medals - the highest number of gold medals ever awarded in this competition reflecting the outstanding 2019 vintage in New Zealand, the run of excellent vintages in Australia and overall quality of entries.
The judges commented that it was the best quality line up of wines they have encountered in a wine competition. The major producers all achieved significant medal success but a large number of “smaller” first time entrants also won gold medals. These awards provide them with the opportunity to market their wines, with the public appreciating the medals awarded in a totally unbiased and professional situation.