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Announcing the Appellation Marlborough Wine ‘Annual Collection’

Appellation Marlborough Wine (AMW) has announced the Appellation Marlborough Wine Annual Collection.

Comprised of both classic and alternative styled Sauvignon Blancs, the Annual Collection will ‘make a case’ for Marlborough excellence says Amanda McRae, AMW’s co-ordinator.

“The aim is to highlight the quality and distinctive flavour on offer when you choose 100% Marlborough.”

The selection of AMW certified wine is determined by a trio of judges each year, incorporating a representative from media, off-premise and on-premise.

“We are delighted to welcome Emma Jenkins MW, Liz Wheadon, and Cameron Douglas MS as our inaugural tasting panel,” says McRae. “They are experienced judges and leaders in their sector.”

Glengarry General Manager Liz Wheadon says that the Annual Collection is an opportunity to identify those achieving top notch quality.

“Benchmarking is very important in the industry, in all categories. Without knowing what good (great) looks like, it is hard for new entrants or those striving to do better to know the direction to go.”

Cameron Douglas MS says that too many quality focussed Sauvignon Blanc producers – whether it’s specific vineyards, parcels of fruit or permaculture managed sites – are getting lost in the noise.

“This is the perfect time to showcase the best of the Sauvignon Blanc variety and 2022 vintage from a region of growing diversity and competition.”

The Annual Collection is open to all members with the structured blind-tasting ensuring that every wine is evaluated for its merits in the glass.

McRae hopes the Appellation Marlborough Wine Annual Collection will demonstrate the quality and depth of certified Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

“There is no doubt that Marlborough is world class terroir for Sauvignon Blanc, and I’m hoping we will put together a collection that not only provides a benchmark for what’s in the market now, but also helps to spur on those who are serious about showing just how good Marlborough wines can be.”

The Annual Collection tasting is set for September 14th with the final selection and judges feedback presented by month’s end.

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