[26 November/ Radio NZ]

The Isabel Chardonnay Marlborough 2016 won the Champion Wine trophy for best chardonnay at the wine awards. Chief Judge Warren Gibson said the overall winner would stand with the best in the world. Isabel Estate Chief Winemaker Isabel Estate, Jeremy McKenzie, said good wines took time and love to cultivate. Seventeen trophies were awarded for the winners among 1,300 wines entered. The second highest award went to the Dashwood Pinot Noir Marlborough 2016.