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17.10.2013

Two Trophies for Hunter's at Canberra International Riesling Challenge 2013

Two Trophies for Hunter

Hunter’s Marlborough 2012 Riesling has taken two prestigious trophies at the annual Canberra International Riesling Challenge.  The Jim Murphy AM Perpetual Trophy for Best Dry Riesling and the New Zealand High Commission Perpetual Trophy for Best Riesling from New Zealand were awarded at the awards dinner on Friday.

Following on from success at the Canberra International Riesling Challenge in 2010 and 2011 where Hunter’s 2009 vintage Riesling took out the Best Riesling from New Zealand both years.

Seven judges and three associate judges tasted 487 wines over the three day judging period to find the best wines across a number of categories.

Managing Director of Hunter’s Wines, Jane Hunter, says the Riesling Challenge is a great opportunity to see where our Riesling sits within the world with the best Riesling producing countries participating and judges focusing specifically on the one varietal.

Hunter’s have a loyal following for their Riesling both in New Zealand and export markets around the world, with the Riesling grapes sourced from the well-known Wairau Valley to create the off-dry style Hunter’s is famous for.

Ken Helm Chairman of the CIRC said "the Hunter 2012 Riesling is a style the judges loved and awarded it 2 trophies, and I believe the consumer also loves. Unlike many slightly sweet New Zealand Rieslings, it shows how great a dry style can be".  

The two trophies add to Hunter’s 2012 vintage Riesling’s list of awards including a gold medal at this year’s Easter Show Wine Awards and at the same show being a part of a Hunter’s trio winning the Rose Bowl Heritage Trophy, showing longevity of the Hunter’s style of Riesling.

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