CHAMPION AT NWWA 2019

December 2nd 2019

THE RIVER RUNS GOLD WITH WAIRAU RIVER SAUVIGNON BLANC TAKING THE CHAMPION TROPHY AT 2019 NEW WORLD WINE AWARDS

Today Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc 2019 has been announced as the Champion Sauvignon Blanc at the 2019 New World Wine Awards, earning it’s place in the competition’s prestigious Top 50 wines.

The result is quite an achievement with more than 1,274 entries submitted by 176 wineries from New Zealand and overseas.

The judging panel described the wine as having “Aromas of green melon and kiwifruit are also in the flavour, along with a suggestion of grapefruit. Like all good Sauvignon Blanc, the acid is electrifying.”

The wine is available now and being promoted in all 135 New World stores nationwide for the next five weeks.

In it’s 17th year, the New World Wine Awards were judged by a panel of 17 independent wine experts, headed by returning Chair of Judges Jim Harré. Each entry was blind tasted , with only varietal, vintage and country of origin noted. Entries were evaluated using the same 100-point scale as other wine competitions worldwide, which benchmarks entries against what a perfect wine should be like.

The Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc 2019 comes from the Rose Family Estate vineyards located in the Wairau Valley, traditionally an area renowned for producing exceptional Sauvignon Blanc. Winemakers Sam Rose and Nick Entwistle and Viticulturalist Hamish Rose are extremely proud of the wine and believe the 2019 growing season and harvest contributed to the wines outstanding quality.

“The warm and fine weather through the late summer months allowed the development of a riper spectrum of tropical flavours, providing us with excellent blending components to create our Sauvignon Blanc” said Sam.

The Rose family have a long and proud pioneering history in the Marlborough region with Phil and Chris Rose establishing their first vineyards on the banks of the Wairau River in 1978. Today, all five Rose children are deeply connected to Marlborough and, along with their partners, are involved in the family wine business.

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