[6 November/The Country]

Family owned Maude Wines has won the top prize in the first edition of the New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards. The Maude Pinot Noir Central Otago 2017 won the New Zealand Wine of the Year Champion trophy as well the Fruitfed Supplies Champion Pinot Noir trophy and the regional trophy for Best Wine – Central Otago. The event, held in Wellington on Saturday, had more than 450 people in attendance. Chairman of the judges, Warren Gibson, said the Maude wine was a very classy example of pinot noir in this year’s competition, describing it as being a delicious and complex young wine, with beautiful refinement, powdery tannins and loads of controlled power. The awards have been run in various guises for 43 years, in recent years it has been run as two competitions but from 2018 the awards are being run as a single competition.