New Zealand pinot noir has done well in this year's
International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) judged
recently in London.
Over half the country's gold medals were awarded to pinot
noirs, and Valli Gibbston Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010 beat
all other pinot noirs entered from around the world to win
the competition's coveted Bouchard Finlayson Pinot Noir
Grant Taylor, who established Valli, said the win was a
highlight of his career.
"For me personally, this award is the highlight of 33 years
of wine-making, as this wine is under my own label from our
estate vineyard in Gibbston.
"The exciting thing is, the vines are only 12 years old and
the wines are only getting better and have a lot more to give
Central Otago gold medal winners were: Valli Gibbston
Valley Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010 (trophy and
outstanding), Two Paddocks Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010
(outstanding), Two Sisters Vineyard Central Otago Riesling
2008 (outstanding), Gibbston Valley Central Otago Pinot Noir
2010, Elephant Hill Central Otago Pinot Noir 2011, Judge Rock
Central Otago Pinot Noir 2010.
• Full results, www.iwsc.net