New Zealand-made wines have taken 42 of the 50 placings in the New World Wine Awards Top 50 list announced this week.

Following three days of judging in Blenheim prior to the recent lockdown, the Top 50 was chosen from more than 1,100 entries from around New Zealand and the world.

“Our judging is ‘blind’ – we don’t know the brand of any wine, and we assess to international standards,” says Co-Chair of Judges, Sam Kim.

“Every one of these winners have truly earned their place in the Top 50 and we are really excited for consumers to explore the list for themselves.

“The winning wines will appeal to a broad range of wine lovers, from those looking for a classic choice to those with a desire to experiment and explore.”

Marlborough delivered 19 of the Top 50 wines with Yealands taking the Champion Sauvignon Blanc title, te Pā the Champion Chardonnay, and Rapaura Springs the Champion Pinot Gris.

Hawke’s Bay was close behind with seven of the top spots – including Trinity Hill’s trifecta of Champion titles for Syrah, Red Blend and Red Wine of the Show.

Nine Rosés earned a Top 50 spot and emerging varieties included Albariño, Malbec, Tempranillo and Petite Syrah.

The full results of the New World Wine Awards can be found here.

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