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Wed 5th Nov 2008 05:58PM by TMouseNEW ZEALAND'S TOP-QUALITY WINES RECOGNISED WITH ANNOUNCEMENT OF AIR NEW ZEALAND WINE AWARDS MEDAL WINNERS
Nov 12th 2008 10:09am Press Release
Pinot Noir has been awarded 21 gold medals at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards - the most gold medals awarded to a single varietal this year.
A total of 91 gold medals have been awarded across 14 different wine varietals, with the quality of this year's Pinot Noir lineup a highlight for the judging panel.
Riesling also impressed the judging panel, and a record 11 gold medals were awarded to wines of this varietal.
Organised by New Zealand Winegrowers, the 2008 Air New Zealand Wine Awards attracted a record 1,751 entries from New Zealand's 10 winegrowing regions. In addition to the 91 gold medals awarded, the 26-strong expert judging panel chaired by Steve Smith, Master of Wine (MW), awarded 239 silver medals and 399 bronze medals.
In the Sustainable category, introduced last year, a total of seven pure gold medals were awarded, all of which will now also vie for the prestigious Bell Gully Champion Sustainable Wine Trophy. Nineteen pure silver and 32 pure bronze medals were also awarded in the Sustainable category.
Of the seven pure gold medals, five were awarded to wines from the Hawkes Bay region.
The Air New Zealand Wine Awards trophies, including the overall Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show Trophy, the Bell Gully Champion Sustainable Wine Trophy and the elite gold medal winners, will be announced at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards gala dinner in Wellington on Saturday 22 November.