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Success for Waipara Hills at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards

As a leading aromatics producer, Waipara Hills has achieved great success at the recent Air New Zealand Wine Awards, with a Gold medal for the 2016 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Pinot Gris and the 2015 Equinox Waipara Valley Riesling.
 
Waipara Hills also received Silver medals for the 2016 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Waipara Valley Gewurztraminer and the 2015 Waipara Valley Chardonnay.
 
Waipara Hills winemaker Simon McGeorge was thrilled to receive two Gold medals and three Silvers, which he said was testament to all the great work done both in the vineyard and by the winery team.
 
“The 2016 Waipara Hills Pinot Gris showcases one of the best seasons I’ve seen in the Waipara Valley. To have a drier style Pinot Gris yet with such weight and richness, that retains lift and aromatic power, is just fantastic.”
 
The fruit quality was outstanding thanks to the harvest of 2016, described as “bountiful and beautiful” by Waipara Hills vineyard manager Jean-Luc Dufour. He said from spring to autumn, the heat, the rain and the dry was delivered at each stage just when it was needed.
 
In contrast, the 2015 harvest for the Equinox Riesling was not so stable. The late spring frost made for a smaller crop, but Jean-Luc said a lot of care was given throughout the season to the small amount of fruit on the vines. “It is very rewarding for all staff involved to get a Gold medal after such a lot of tender care went into producing this great wine.”
 
Simon said the 2015 Equinox Riesling has great mouth feel due to its focused acidity and ripe skin tannin. “It is filled out and complemented by the retained sweetness to make a multi layered wine, that has a real elegance about it too.”
 
The Air New Zealand Wine Awards has been running for more than 30 years, and is New Zealand’s premier wine competition, recognising excellence in winemaking. Following three days of judging more than 1,400 wines, 91 gold medals were awarded in this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards.
 
Chair of Judges and Master of Wine Michael Brajkovich said the most pleasing aspect of this year’s awards was the spread of gold medals across a number of varieties and regions.

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