The New Zealand Wine Company

Grove Mill Sauvignon Blanc Wins Prestigious International Award

Marlborough’s Grove Mill Sauvignon Blanc 2005 has just been voted the best international Sauvignon Blanc after winning a Gold Medal and three trophies at one of the most prestigious and largest wine competitions in the United Kingdom.



Out of more than 9000 wines entered in the 2006 International Wine Challenge in London, Grove Mill not only won a Gold Medal in the final round of the annual competition last month, but the winery has also just been awarded three trophies for best International Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand’s Best Sauvignon Blanc and New Zealand’s Best White Wine.



CEO of Grove Mill, Rob White, says winning the trophies at the International Wine Challenge is not just an outstanding achievement for the Marlborough-based winery, but it is a significant result for the entire New Zealand wine industry.



“Winning the International Sauvignon Blanc Trophy confirms New Zealand’s status as the best Sauvignon Blanc makers in the world. Our win brings great kudos to all local winemakers,” he says.



Wines entered in the International Wine Challenge are judged in two key stages. During the first stage, more than 1500 wines are assessed by a team of 465 judges each day. To make it into the final round to be assessed for a medal each wine must achieve 84 points.



Last month 288 wines made it to the finals and were awarded coveted gold medals. Now, after a series of tastings during the course of the competition, Grove Mill has become one of 49 wines to have clearly pushed ahead of the pack as a trophy winner.



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For further information or an interview please contact Rob White at the NZ Wine Company on 021 448 332 or Rosalie Bridge at Splash Events and PR on 021-736-432 / email rbridge@splashevents.co.nz