Takapoto Estate wins Pinot Noir Trophy for second year running
Winemaker Andy Anderson of New Zealand’s Takapoto Estate has been awarded the IWSC Pinot Noir Trophy for the second year in a row.
The winning wine, Takapoto Single Vineyard Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir 2014, is from Central Otago.
Judges praised the wine for its "lifted aromatics of spice, smoke, florals and a toasty note on the nose and continue through the palate. Here they’re joined by pretty cherry fruit that’s supported by a bright acidity and wrapped in fine and supple tannins. A wine that’s starting to show some maturity, is delicious now, but still has lots of life ahead."
The news follows the results release for Australia and New Zealand wines, which were announced today alongside the remaining wine Product Award trophies.
Elsewhere in New Zealand, Gold medals were awarded to a range of different varietals including Riesling, Syrah, and Pinot Gris, showing that New Zealand wines have more to offer alongside the usual success in Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.
Australia also had a successful year, with 14 Australian shiraz going on to win Gold and Gold Outstanding medals, including Wolf Blass Platinum Shiraz 2005 and 2010.
This year, the Shiraz/Syrah Trophy was awarded to Australian producer Kilikanoon Wines for Kilikanoon Oracle Shiraz 2014. Last year’s winner Levantine Hill Estate also won two Gold medals for its Syrah 2015 and Melissa’s Paddock Syrah 2015.
There was strength also in Australian fortified wines, with Casella Wines winning six Gold and Gold Outstanding medals for its Morris wines, alongside four Gold and Gold Outstanding medals for Stanton and Killeen’s fortified wines from Rutherglen.
Evans & Tate were awarded high medals for their vertical line up of Cabernet Sauvignon from Margaret River, with vintages 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 all winning Silver medals and above, showing the aging potential and complexity of these older wines.
The Evans & Tate 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon, which was awarded Gold, was described by judges as a “tremendously complex wine that is drinking beautifully, vivacious for its age with a long complex finish of cedar, earth and spice.”
Finally, two leading Australian producers enjoyed another year of success. Penfolds received ten awards, including Gold Outstanding for its Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, and there were five Gold winning Sémillons for Australian Vintage, for the McGuigan and Tempus Two labels.
Search the full winners' listing here.
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- “As a start-up brand you focus hard on achieving credibility and creating awareness. Winning Gold Outstanding and the Mezcal Trophy provided us with a level of credibility and exposure that we simply could not have achieved on our own. The awards helped secure key listings in Harvery Nichols and Selfridges and certainly played a significant part in opening up dialogue with potential U.S importers and ultimately securing one. I thought hard about which competition to enter and what the return on that investment would be. I can say with absolute confidence that the IWSC was worth every penny.”David ShepherdFounder & Director, Corte Vetusto
- “IWSC is a very important competition to us in terms of showing consumers our quality. It's one of the competitions that we definitely enter on a yearly basis.”Ian ChangMaster Blender, Kavalan Distillery
- “Out of all of the awards, the IWSC is probably the most prestigious and most honest awards. You choose your judges very well and they're very good, honest, decent people. They do it for the love of the industry.”Sukhinder SinghMD, The Whisky Exchange
- “The IWSC is a very prestigious competition. The prestige is a great thing to be able to communicate to our customers who have great respect for it.”David PorterOperations & Buying, Lea & Sandeman
- “The IWSC represents everything, without a doubt. There's no better competition in the world where you can judge yourself not just against your countrymen but against the rest of the world.”Andy AndersonWinemaker, Takapoto Estate
- “Fantastic company and fantastic award . . . In the wine industry, having an award like this is such an accolade.”Claire GriffithsCommercial Director, Vina Cono Sur
- “It's one of the greatest international awards you can get. It's similar to an Oscar, if you like.”Lenz MoserWinemaker, Yantai Changyu Pioneer Company
- “Because of the number of international judges that are tasting the wines and the number of wines that are being entered, it’s a great privilege for us to receive this award. The history of the competition, the standing that it has amongst the international wine world and certainly amongst one’s peers, to be able to get an award at the IWSC means a lot. There are a lot of competitions around the world – this probably represents the top award you could get as a winemaker.”Gary & Kathy JordanWinemakers, Jordan Wine Estate
- “It’s a great honour to win especially as nowadays people are focusing on the quality not just the numbers, so it does mean a huge amount getting recognition from an institution as well sought after as the IWSC.”Chris BlandyOwner, Blandy's Wines
- “This will be a recognition that will help in building the brand further, and building its prestige around the world.”Victor FuentesDirector General, El Coto de Rioja S.A
- “The IWSC is a well renowned, well looked up to standard and a symbol of premium products so it’s a great achievement to win any award.”Andrea FreeboroughCellar Master, Nederburg Wines