for the second time at the world’s most prestigious and influential independent wine competition, the International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London.
The current release of ALWYN CHARDONNAY 2010 has taken out two Trophies in the 2012 International Wine Challenge (IWC) in London, winning both the Trophy for Best New Zealand Chardonnay and the Trophy for Best New Zealand White wine.
This follows the same result in the 2010 competition when Ngatarawa’s ALWYN CHARDONNAY 2007 took out the Trophy for Best Hawkes Bay Chardonnay, the Trophy for Best New Zealand Chardonnay and the Trophy for Best New Zealand White wine.
Of the ALWYN CHARDONNAY 2010 the judges said:
"pale green/straw, attractive mineral, nectarine and red apple fruit, subtle oak integration, a hint of struck match, fresh aroma, good length"
Managing Director and Chief Winemaker at Ngatarawa, Alwyn Corban said that winning these trophies once was an absolute thrill, but to do it again, particularly with the same brand and varietal, was a remarkable achievement and one that underscores our commitment to quality and style consistency for this range.
"Ngatarawa’s philosophy with the ALWYN Winemakers Reserve range has always been to put quality first. If the growing season in the vineyard is not right and the quality is not perfect, we don’t make the wine that year. Our aim is to reflect the locality where the grapes are grown and to make wines that are textured, sophisticated, harmonious and integrated", said Corban.
The International Wine Challenge is the largest blind tasting event in the world. The competition takes place over two weeks. There are three rounds of blind tasting and all wines entered are tasted independently and wines from particular regions are tasted against each other.
Gold award wines must score more than 95 out of 100 marks, and the Trophy stage is the ultimate round when Gold medal wines are tasted once more by an elite panel of judges to determine if they are worthy of a Trophy in addition to their Gold medal.
After winning Gold in the preliminary rounds, Ngatarawa’s ALWYN CHARDONNAY 2010 went on to take out the Trophy for Best New Zealand Chardonnay and the Trophy for Best New Zealand White wine.