Win for Hawke’s Bay at New Zealand Wine Awards

The team from Hawke's Bay celebrate a very successful night at the New Zealand Wine Awards

Hawke’s Bay winery in Napier, New Zealand, has won two awards at the prestigious New Zealand Wine Awards, with several high-profile accolades presented to other brands from the giant of New World wine.



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19 November 2019 | 0

Hawke’s Bay, the top winery on New Zealand’s North Island, has won the award for New Zealand Wine of the Year at the New Zealand Wine Awards, as well as the first-ever New Zealand Cellar Door of the Year Award. The wins were announced at the recent event that took place in the town of Blenheim.

The award for New Zealand Wine of the Year was won by the Villa Maria Cellar Selection Syrah Hawke’s Bay 2018, and was presented by O-I New Zealand. This selection also won the Champion Syrah trophy.

Villa Maria also scooped the Champion Wine of Provenance 2019 trophy with its Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah. Judges’ chairperson Warren Gibson described the wine as “immediately appealing and seductive on the nose, delicious and savoury on the palate and exceptionally well crafted.”

The refreshed New Zealand Wine of the Year competition aims to celebrate the entire New Zealand wine industry with a particular lean towards vineyard excellence and regionality. “The increasing relevance of organic grape-growing and a move towards a single vineyard focus in our industry has been rewarded in this format,” said Gibson.

Eight New Zealand Wine of the Year trophies were announced on the evening; also including Champion Single Vineyard White Wine, and Hillebrand New Zealand Champion Single Vineyard Red

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