New Zealand wines have faced global competition in the annual International Wine and Spirit Completion (IWSC), winning awards for Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and many more.

The Giesen Single Vineyard Ridge Block Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 won best Pinot Noir, retaining it in Kiwi possession for another year running. The Kim Crawford Small Parcels Spitfire Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 also took out the best Sauvignon Blanc trophy.

“New Zealand has established itself as a world-beater in Sauvignon Blanc, and more recently, Pinot Noir.” Jo Burzynska, long-time IWSC judge and New Zealand panel chair, commented.

Other top awards were won for a variety of New Zealand Rieslings, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Syrah, Merlot Cabernet, and Malbec.

“In all the years that I’ve been judging at the IWSC, this is one of the widest range of styles I’ve witnessed winning top awards.” Burzynska concluded.

Global marketing director of New Zealand winegrowers, Chris Yorke, was delighted with the results.

“It’s great to see a continued focus on premium Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, as well as recognition of the quality coming from a wide range of other up and coming New Zealand wine styles and varieties.” Yorke commented.