A win for local wines
Posted at 8:09pm Saturday 27 Oct, 2018 | By Emma Conyngham firstname.lastname@example.org
The varietal and regional trophies were announced on Wednesday, October 24, for the inaugural New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards and two Wanaka wineries have received a slew of trophies and medals.
Central Otago proved why pinot noir is considered the region's most famous variety, with Maude Vineyard taking out Fruitfed Supplies Champion Pinot Noir (Mike Wolter Memorial Trophy). Maude Pinot Noir 2017 also scooped up the Best Wine – Central Otago trophy.
With two trophies in arms, they also received two gold medals around their necks: Mt Maude Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017; and Mt Maude Vineyard Dry Riesling 2018. (Mt Maude Pinot Noir is a single estate from their Wanaka vineyard, whereas Maude Pinot Noir is a blend of grapes from their Lowburn and Queensberry vines.)
Although it was not just about the pinot noir, with the New World Champion Rosé Trophy awarded to Archangel Lace Rosé Central Otago 2018.
The New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards is the official national wine competition of the New Zealand wine industry, replacing the Air New Zealand Wine Awards and the Bragato Wine Awards.
Winning the Mike Wolter Memorial Trophy has a special touch for Maude owners Dan and Sarah-Kate Dineen as Wolter was the winemaker at Mt Maude back in the 1990s when Sarah-Kate's parents owned the vineyard. Wolter, who died in 1999, produced the very first pinot noir so to receive his memorial award over 20 years later is deeply felt by the family.
On winning this award, Dan Dineen said, “It's good to get confirmation from your peers; a pat on the back that you're doing something right. And it's good for younger staff to know they're on the right track.”
“Our 2017 pinot noir comes off two vineyards; one in Lowburn and one in Queensberry. It was a low-yield year so the berries were small with a high skin-to-juice ratio which gave it a really concentrated flavour. When we first cracked it open three months ago it was all arms and legs but now it's grown into its shoes and is a great drink.”