It’s been an outstanding year for quality as New Zealand takes away seven prestigious Platinum medals and 23 Gold medals at the Decanter World Wine Awards.
Marlborough triumphed with three of New Zealand’s Platinum medals and more than 65% of its Gold wins. Meanwhile, Marisco Vineyards and Matua emerged as the standout producers for Sauvignon Blanc. Marisco Vineyards, The King’s Favour Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2015 takes away Best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Over £15, with Matua taking Best New Zealand Under £15 with its Matua, Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2015
New Zealand proved again that it is a leader for Pinot Noir, coming second only to France, with six Gold medals for the category. Villa Maria scooped the Best New Zealand Pinot Noir Over £15 for its Villa Maria, Reserve Pinor Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2013.
The Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2016 Chairman, Steven Spurrier says: “Pulling together a globally unrivalled level of the top wine experts, The Decanter World Wine Awards is a great example of international togetherness and spirit. Our sole purpose is to recognise and reward quality, this is what consumers all over the world are interested in. We only award medals to wines in which consumers can have the utmost confidence.”
The DWWA is respected internationally for its prestigious reputation and unrivalled consumer influence. This year, over 16,000 wine entries from around the world were received. The DWWA 2016 consists of a panel of over 240 judges, including 69 Masters of Wine, and 26 Master Sommeliers.