Entries for the 2021 New World Wine Awards close this Friday, July 2.

Each year, more than 1,400 entries from around New Zealand and the world are blind-tasted independent panel of expert judges and the Top 50 wines are made available through more than 135 New World stores.

In order to enter your wine/s, they must be priced under $25 and there must be enough stock available to meet consumer demand in store.

The minimum stock requirement is 4,000 bottles, however a temporary adjustment to 3,000 bottles has been made for Sauvignon Blanc, taking into account the reduced volume expected from the 2021 vintage.

The recently established Emerging Varietals class also has a lower minimum volume requirement of 1,800 bottles.

Sam Kim, Deputy Chair at the Awards for the previous three years, and Jen Parr, an award-winning winemaker and returning judge, will move into their roles as Co-Chair of Judges this year, following the retirement of Jim Harré after 13 years at the helm.

Together Kim and Parr will oversee an independent panel made up of 15 other wine experts who will judge over three days, employing a double-blind tasting process to ensure results are based only on the quality of the product in the glass on the day and using the world-recognised 100-point scale for scoring.

Judging will take place in Marlborough in late July before the results are announced later in the year.

All entry details can be found at www.newworld.co.nz/topwines.

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