1976 all over again, NZ Pinot Noir Crowned ‘Best in the World’· Wine News
Apr 13th, 2011 | By Jayson Bryant | Category: Wine News
Remember 1976, sure you do, well OK maybe you don’t, but I do. Well let me fill you in on a little wine tasting event called ‘The Judgement of Paris’. This event took place in Paris and was organised by a leading wine merchant, at the time, Steven Spurrier.
Steven gathered a in which French judges did blind tasting of top-quality chardonnay andcabernet sauvignon wines from France and from California. California wines rated best in each category, which caused surprise as France was generally regarded as being the foremost producer of the world’s best wines. Spurrier sold only French wine and believed that the California wines would not win.
Now fast forward to 2011, and rather than just a battle between USA and France, the competition was multinational, but just Pinot Noir. Wines from France, USA, Australia, Germany, and New Zealand were tasted and a $200 bottle of Martinborough Vineyards Reserve Pinot Noir took the crowning glory.
Martinborough Vineyards Reserve Pinot Noir was judged ahead of some of the world’s most prestigious wines, 1990 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti La Tache, to take No.1 ranking in the World’s Top 20 Pinot Noirs competition in Pasadena, US.
This is a huge achievement for Martinborough Vineyards, but also cements New Zealand as a premium Pinot Noir producing country.