NZ wine named best in the world

NZ wine named best in the world

Hawke’s Bay winery Church Road has picked up Best International Chardonnay, the New Zealand White Trophy and New Zealand Chardonnay Trophy for its 2021 Grand Reserve Chardonnay at the International Wine Challenge (IWC).

Church Road 1 Single Vineyard Merlot also took out the New Zealand Red Wine Trophy as well as the New Zealand Merlot Trophy at the same awards, arguably the world’s most influential and rigorously judged wine competition.

Founded in 1897 to become one of the oldest and most accoladed wineries in New Zealand, Church Road is renowned for being the first winery to craft exceptional Bordeaux-style red wines in New Zealand. Inching close to 130 years of winemaking excellence, Church Road strives for consistent evolution of their wines while continuing to harness the character of the region’s terroir.

Chief Winemaker, Chris Scott, said: “We are thrilled and very proud not only for Church Road, but for New Zealand to be crowned top International Chardonnay at the IWC. This is the second time in three years that a Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay has taken this Trophy, which is a huge achievement for the region. The overall quality of Chardonnay coming out of this little corner of the world is incredibly exciting. It is also terrific to pick up the New Zealand Red Wine Trophy, demonstrating that Merlot is capable of producing truly exceptional wine in Hawke’s Bay.

“Congratulations to all the other successful New Zealand entrants, picking up a total of 23 Gold Medals and 10 Trophies, competing alongside powerhouses such as France, Australia, Spain and the US,” Scott added.

This year Church Road has also taken home a Master Award at the Drinks Business Asia Chardonnay Masters 2024 for the 2022 Church Road 1 Chardonnay; placed third on the Real Review’s Top Wineries of New Zealand and first in Hawke’s Bay, as well as Chris Scott being named as one of the World’s Top 100 Master Winemakers for the second year running at the Drink Business Global Masters Awards in Paris.

Last year the region achieved a significant milestone, with Hawke’s Bay joining the likes of Bordeaux, Napa and Rioja to be recognised as one of the 12 Great Wine Capitals of the World.

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