MONDAY 30TH JUNE 2014
Judge Rock's Pinot Noir has yet again collected a gold medal in the world's largest wine competition.
First planted in 1998, this boutique family Alexandra vineyard has 13,000 Pinot Noir vines and 2000 St Laurent vines. In 2009 Judge Rock produced New Zealand's first St Laurent wine.
Angela Jacobson, owner and marketing manager at Judge Rock says: "This is the third time in 4 entries that our Pinot Noir has won a Gold Medal or Five Stars from the Olympics of World Wine Competitions - few athletes could claim such success. We are one of the world's smallest vineyards from the most southerly wine growing region of the world, the Alexandra basin in Central Otago. The excellent terroir, sustainable viticultural practices and great winemaking from Vinpro have together proven that our 4ha vineyard can consistently make great Pinot Noir. Despite these successes our wines are practically unknown outside of New Zealand. We are so small we are almost invisible, but we hope to change that."
The Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) is the world's largest and most influential wine competition. 2014 saw another record-breaking year of entries, with over 15,000 wines entered into the competition from 46 countries.
The DWWA has gained international admiration from wine lovers around the world for providing a comprehensive and authoritative source of wine recommendations for everyone, from beginners to the most experienced enthusiasts.
A panel of over 200 world-class judging experts, including Masters of Wine, Master Sommeliers, wine writers, buyers and important members of the wine trade, carefully taste their way through each of the wine entries. Each entry is tasted blind and individually discussed by the panel, with the judges awarding the top wines with a Decanter medal.
Steven Spurrier, Chairman of the Decanter World Wine Awards, says: "Our role in this competition is to recognise and award wines. Awarding a wine with a Decanter sticker tells consumers around the world that these wines have passed the ultimate test from our judges."