The dream run continues for the winemaking team at leading Marlborough producer WHITEHAVEN recipients of a coveted GOLD MEDAL at the prestigious 2012 Sélections Mondiale Des Vins International Wine Championship.
One of the oldest and most significant wine competitions in the world, the Sélections Des Vins competition is of pivotal importance to producers seeking export success in North America and notably Canada, where the competition is based.
‘To achieve Gold in such a competitive international field, especially for Sauvignon Blanc is a mark of the calibre of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and particularly of the appeal of the expressive yet restrained Whitehaven style,’ commented Managing Director, Sue White.
Established in 1983, the Sélections Mondiale Competition attracts nearly 2000 international entries annually, wines judged according to aromatic style rather than by varietal denomination. Marlborough dominated the Gold Medal tally for Sauvignon Blanc in a field that included sauvignon blancs from France, Chile, Italy, Spain, Roumania and South Africa.
‘Whitehaven is seeing good and continuing growth in the North American market, a reflection of both the award-winning quality, perceived value of the company’s portfolio and the endeavours of our distributors E & J Gallo,’ continued Sue.
This latest international citation adds to the pedigree of the current release Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2011, which is Michael Cooper’s ‘2012 Best NZ White Wine Buy of the Year’, a Top 100 Blue-Gold medallist at the 2012 Sydney International Wine Competition, and won Gold at the New Zealand 2011 International Aromatic Wine Competition.
Whitehaven is a Renwick-based family winery with a growing international reputation. Export markets include Australia, USA, UK, Canada, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Hong Kong and India
Simon Toneycliffe, General Manager
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