Small Central Otago Vineyard, Bald Hills, whose mission is to make wines which reflect the unique nature and aspect of its Bannockburn site has won the South Island Trophy for their Pinot Noir 2005 at the London based International Wine Challenge which announced results live at Vinexpo in Bordeaux on June 18.
Boasting 9358 entries from around the globe the International Wine Challenge claims to be the “biggest and best” blind tasting in the world. What sets the IWC apart is the number of times wines are tasted to earn their awards. New Zealand map . Just 84 of these 9358 exemplary wines have distinguished themselves as deserving of an IWC trophy, less than 1% of all entries.
Bald Hills Pinot Noir 2005 underwent at least four separate blind tastings by a panel of experienced judges before emerging the best of the coveted Gold Medal winners in its category and being awarded the Trophy.
Blair and Estelle Hunt, owners of Bald Hills said “Our Winemaker, Grant Taylor, has a finely-tuned palate and brings a wealth of experience to the wine business. It was a fortunate day for us when he agreed to make our wine. We are thoroughly delighted with yet another success for Bald Hills to follow the Trophy awarded earlier this month by the Decanter World Wine Awards”.
It was the first time the Hunts had entered their wines in these UK based competitions.
“These results speak volumes for New Zealand Pinot Noirs which are increasingly being recognised on the world stage” said the Hunts.