New Zealand Triumphs at International Wine Challenge

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Sep 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Press Releases

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The New Zealand wine industry is celebrating news that both Yealands Estate and Ngatarawa Wines Ltd triumphed at one of the world’s most rigorously judged independent wine competition, the International Wine Challenge (IWC), as the winners were announced in London.

Building on its award success earlier in the year, New Zealand took home the following highly coveted awards:

·         James Rogers Trophy for best wine in its first year of production: Marks & Spencer Single Block Series S1 Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Yealands Estate

·         Sustainable Trophy: Ngatarawa Alwyn Winemaker’s Reserve Chardonnay 2010, Ngatarawa Wines Ltd

Hosted by IWC Co-Chairmen and leading wine experts Charles Metcalfe and Tim Atkin MW, the elite of the wine industry gathered to celebrate the best of the best from the world of wine and witness the unveiling of 41 prestigious awards.

Charles Metcalfe comments:  “The IWC’s aim is to recognise excellence and help wine drinkers everywhere source some of the world’s best wines. The credibility of the IWC logo is testament to the competition’s unrivalled professionalism and meticulous judging processes. IWC medals help to take the risks out of buying wine, and point consumers towards quality wines at all prices and in all styles.”

Thorough systems and scrupulous judging are integral to the success and international credibility of the IWC which is led by a team of world-renowned wine experts working with 400 judges drawn from the wine world.  Each gold medal-winning wine is blind tasted at least three (and up to six) times.

“The IWC is about to celebrate its 30th year and the influence of the competition has never been greater. We have received a record number of entries this year with more countries entering than ever before as more wine producers see the value of an IWC award win.

“The wine drinker is very well served this year with great quality and well-priced wines available worldwide. The International Wine Challenge is very proud of its role in bringing these wines to the attention of wine drinkers,” says Charles Metcalfe.

For more information on the IWC and to see a complete list of all the winning wines, please visit

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