Whitehaven Duo in Top 100 – Sydney Int. Wine Comp.
18 November 2011:
Leading Marlborough wine company Whitehaven has again achieved impressive results in a major international wine competition. The Sydney International Wine Competition 2012 judges, chaired by New Zealand’s Kym Milne MW, have selected both Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2011 and Whitehaven ‘Greg’ Pinot Noir 2009 in the Top 100, the highest pointed wines from a field of 2000 international entries.
The Top 100 selection represents the highest scoring wines (top 5%) entitled to carry the competition’s highly regarded marque – a Double Gold Medal.
‘Respected international wine competitions are an ideal way to benchmark your portfolio. The judging panel feedback is invaluable, as of course are any resulting Gold Medals,’ commented Sue White, Managing Director of Whitehaven.
‘The Sydney International Competition is unique in that the final selection wines are judged with food, mirroring the circumstances in which most wines are poured. To have both Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc and the reserve tier Greg Series Pinot Noir in the Top 100 is an endorsement of our winemaking style and the focus of winemaker Sam Smail.’
Whitehaven ‘Greg’ Pinot Noir is crafted from select parcels of hand-picked grapes sourced from dedicated growers in the Ben Morven, Wairau and Brancott Valleys, a silky supple pinot that signposts Marlborough as an ideal New World region for the classic Burgundian variety.
Both winning wines were made by chief winemaker Sam Smail who has worked with the company for over a decade. His Whitehaven Pinot Gris 2009 was also Highly Commended in the competition.
The Sydney International Wine Competition, now in its 31st year, will announce the Trophy Awards in Sydney on 25 February 2012.
Whitehaven is a Renwick-based winery focussed on building export markets, notably in the USA and Australia, also the UK, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan and Hong Kong.
Sue White, Managing Director
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