A Sparkling wine from Marlborough has won top honours at this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards, making it only the third Sparkling wine in the 27-year history of the Awards to take out the coveted prize.
The Nautilus Cuvée Brut NV was awarded the prestigious Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards Gala Dinner held in Queenstown on Saturday night. The wine also won the Wineworks Champion Sparkling Wine Trophy.
Chair of Judges and Master of Wine, Michael Brajkovich, described the wine to the 520 guests as having, “a richness, length and complexity on the palate that finishes with a fine, persistent acidity.”
“This is a classic expression of this exciting wine style and a clear pointer as to how good New Zealand Sparkling wine already is, and can be in the future,” Mr Brajkovich said.
Nautilus Estate, the producer of the winning wine, is a small, family-owned Marlborough winery which started in 1985. The Nautilus Cuvée Brut NV is made from Marlborough-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, and has become an iconic sparkling on the New Zealand wine scene since its launch in 1989. It has won a number of awards over the years, including trophies at the Sydney International Wine Competition and the Royal Easter Wine Show.
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