Press Release: Central Otago Pinot Noir Gains High Honours at Sydney International Wine Competition 2009

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Bald Hills Vineyard of Central Otago, New Zealand, has won Blue-Gold and Top 100 Blue-Gold for successive vintages of its Pinot Noir.

BANNOCKBURN, New Zealand, 11 November 2008

Following the enormous successes of its 2005 Pinot Noir at the international wine competitions in London in 2007, Central Otago’s Bald Hills has done it again at the Sydney International Wine Competition [SIWC] 2009.  The vineyard has won Blue-Gold for its “Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006” and Top 100 Blue-Gold for its “Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007.”

In the SIWC, award winning wines are tasted with food. The competition is capped at 2,000 entries, hence a Top 100 wine is in the top 5% of the entered wines.

Owners, Blair and Estelle Hunt, formerly of Sydney, are ecstatic. “Winning these prestigious awards for what is now three consecutive vintages cements our position as a reliable producer of premium quality Pinot Noir”, said Blair. “Interestingly, the first significant award that the 2005 Pinot Noir gained was indeed a Blue-Gold from the SIWC 2007,” he continued.

Bald Hills, established in 1997,   comprises some 7 hectares of vines, 5 of which are in Central Otago’s prized pinot noir and the remainder in pinot gris and riesling.

The wines are available in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra at some top-end restaurants and fine wine outlets and through Bald Hills’ distributor KiWiNZ. The New Zealand distributor is Lace Fine Wine Merchants, in the UK, Ellis of Richmond and in Singapore at Le Vigne.

The Hunts are currently seeking distributorship in Brisbane and Perth.  “The timing of these awards could not be better,” said Blair. “With exports rising to proudly place Pinot Noir as New Zealand’s second most exported variety, a Central Otago Pinot Noir of proven quality is a ‘must have’ on any premium restaurant wine list.”


For further information, including photos please contact Blair Hunt, Tel. +64 3 4453161, cellphone  +64 (0)27 229 0032 or