The Sweet Taste of Success
NZ wines raked in the medals at the 2002 London International Wine Challenge. The respected annual competition is the world’s largest blind-tasting session, with thousands of wines judged alongside each other regardless of price or brand. Gold medal winners were Villa Maria’s Reserve Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2001 and Reserve Chardonnay 2001, Gibbston Valley Reserve Pinot Noir 2001, Stoneleigh Rapaura Series Pinot Noir 2000, and Mount Riley Seventeen Valley Pinot Noir 2000. Deutz Marlborough Cuvee won the Great Value Sparkling Wine of the Year award for 2002.