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NZ wines shine overseas

Published: 8:17PM Wednesday November 07, 2007 Source: ONE News

A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir have been voted the best in the world. 

The International Wine and Spirit Competition is considered one of the top wine awards in the world, and makers of Malborough's Vavasour Sauvignon say the win should help put them on the international map.

Villa Maria Pinot Noir was also judged best of its category and the winery also won best wine producer in New Zealand.

With over 300 other wines to compete with, it was the aroma and fine lingering finish of Marlbourgh's Vavasour Sauvignon that captivated the judges.

"It literally means it is the best of the best for that particular variety," says Executive Director of the competition, Alan Gibbons.

The event carries some impressive credentials. It started in 1969, with winemakers from around the world entering to have their best bottles judged by 40 international masters.

"New Zealand is right up there, undoubltly these days New Zealand is a premier ranked country in wine production," says Gibbons.

And prices are reasonable too, the wine crowned the world's best Sauvignon Blanc can be yours for around $20.