Judges in this year's prestigious Air New Zealand Wine Awards competition were anything but reluctant to go gold.
A record 97 gold medals were awarded from among 1,550 sampled.
Chairman of judges Brent Marris said the Sauvignon Blanc class in particular was strong this year."
"Ripe crops and better fruit handling in the 2005 vintage contributed to the high number of gold medals; these are the absolute world benchmark for the style," he said.
Esvin Champion Sauvignon Blanc Trophy
O-I New Zealand Champion Chardonnay Trophy
Nissan New Zealand Limited Champion Sparkling Wine Trophy
Air Sea Global Champion Pinot Noir Trophy
Label and Litho Champion Gewurztraminer Trophy
Dish magazine Champion Pinot Gris Trophy
AMPM Marketing Limited Champion Riesling Trophy
BDO Spicers Champion Other White Varieties Trophy
Marlborough Bottling Company Champion Medium Sweet or Sweet Wine Trophy
Hort Research Champion Rose or Blush Trophy
Huka Lodge Champion Merlot Trophy
Fruitfed Supplies Champion Merlot Predominant Blend Trophy
Carter & Associates Champion Cabernet Sauvignon or Predominant Blend Trophy
Business World Travel Champion Syrah Trophy
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