11 Nov 2015

Rich vintage of gold medals at NZ wine awards

7:15 am on 11 November 2015

More than 80 gold medals have been awarded to wines from around the country in Air New Zealand's Wine Awards.

Glasses of wine

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Of the more than 1400 entries, 84 gold medals were spread across a number of different variaties and regions.

Chair of judges Michael Brajkovich said pinot noir was the star performer with 18 golds, mostly coming from Otago, Marlborough and the Wairarapa.

Nelson, Canterbury and Hawke's Bay pinot noir also stood out.

He said 220 silver medals and 551 bronze medals were also awarded across 16 classes by the judges.

Trophies and elite gold medals for the top wines will be announced in Nelson at the end of this month.