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Waipara Hills Equinox Riesling wins Champion Wine at Canterbury Wine Awards

Waipara Hills Equinox Riesling wins Champion Wine at Canterbury Wine Awards

Waipara Hills received further recognition for their Equinox range; taking out the Champion Wine Trophy at the annual Canterbury Wine Awards David Jackson Dinner held on Friday evening. The 2013 Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Riesling, a limited production wine, was the overall trophy winner, produced by Waipara Hills Winemaker, Simon McGeorge.

Simon attended the dinner with his wife, Olive; and was elated to accept the prestigious award.  “I’m hugely excited to receive the Champion Wine Trophy, particularly given the strong competition this year”, Simon said.  “This wine really shows why Waipara is the home of Riesling in New Zealand. Lifted and perfumed, yet with a depth that keeps you looking for the next character. The palate has weight and richness, but is also vibrantly fresh.”

Simon praised the hard work done by Jean-Luc Dufour, The Mound Vineyard Manager, and his vineyard team for producing the stunning fruit used in this wine. The Equinox Riesling has always been primarily sourced from the G Block at The Mound Vineyard; Waipara Valley. “This block has consistently made Rieslings with depth and structure for as long as I’ve been working with it. I love the life and freshness to the aromatics, the richness and structure in the palate and the lingering acidity that drives straight through the palate,” Simon said.

The Canterbury Wine Show is unique within New Zealand. Seven trophies are awarded to wines within certain food match categories. The 2013 Waipara Hills Equinox Waipara Valley Riesling received the Lane Neave Lawyers Seafood Class Trophy and Equinox also took out the Hill Laboratory Chicken Class Trophy with the 2013 Waipara Valley Pinot Gris. Judges explained the Riesling was a great match to white fish, “It matches well because of the purity, citrus freshness and elegant intensity.” The Pinot Gris was said to be, “A good style to match with poached style chicken and a lighter cooking style.”

Chair of Judges at the Canterbury Wine Awards, Jo Burzynska said, “The Waipara Hills Equinox Riesling 2013 impressed the judges with the great purity and intensity of its palate, with its fresh notes of lemon and lime and long mineral finish”.

At the fourth annual Canterbury Wine Awards; five gold, five silver and 18 bronze medals were awarded. “From our perspective it’s great to see a Waipara Riesling pick up the top honours, given the region prides itself on their Rieslings”, Gill Walsh from the regional body, Wines of Canterbury, said.

The 2013 Equinox wines have only recently been released; but are already creating a stir from receiving great reviews. 5 Stars were awarded at separate tastings by two prominent New Zealand wine reviewers; Michael Cooper and Raymond Chan for the Riesling and 4.5 Stars from each for the Pinot Gris.

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For more information, bottle shots or samples please contact Hannah Armstrong; PR, Communications and Events Coordinator.  hannah.armstrong@accolade-wines.co.nz | (03) 520 6222

Waipara Hills and Equinox by Waipara Hills wines are distributed to trade by Hancocks (0800 699 463). The ranges are available at specialty wine stores including Glengarry, or from our Cellar Door and website (www.waiparahills.co.nz).

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