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Sauvignon Blanc Retains Top Spot

06 November 2007

The 2007 International Aromatic Wine Competition reinforced the position of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 43 Degrees Sauvignon Blanc 2007 taking out this year’s Best Wine in Show.

Saint Clair Wines, located in Marlborough, a dominant region in the production of this variety, was awarded Best in Show from all Gold Medal winners. Judges agreed that it was a close call but were not surprised that the wine took the top honour.

25 Gold Medals were awarded with 47 Silver Medals and 154 Bronze Medals also awarded with 365 entries received, including 50 entries for the new best label class.

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.

Chairman of Judges Terry Copeland led a panel of industry experts including Jim Harre, Rex Ormandy, Simon Nunns, Jane Boyle and Lynnette Hudson.

According to Copeland, 2007 was a particularly good vintage for aromatics and this was reflected in the results with all top spots in each class won by a 2007 vintage wine.

A new addition to this year’s competition, best label, was won by Riverby Estate Riesling. Judges commented on the layout and design, appropriate visual and great shelf presence. Labels were judged by design industry professionals in appreciation of the significance of consumer’s first contact with the product.

All medal winning wines will be on display at the Royal New Zealand Show in November as part of the Food & Wine NZ Pavilion, a highlight for visitors to the Show over the past five years.

The Royal New Zealand Show runs from 14-16 November at Canterbury Agricultural Park Christchurch. Attracting over 115,000 people, over 7000 livestock and feature competition entries and 550 trade exhibitors, plus three full days of entertainment, it is the premier agricultural and pastoral event in the country.

For more information contact:
Nicola Cull
Marketing Manager
Royal New Zealand Show
Telephone 03 365 4203
Mobile 0212 65 1174