Wine tasters face a busy week

  • 03/08/2015

It's going to be a rough few days for judges in one of New Zealand's leading wine shows, with the experts having to taste their way through a record 1300 entries this year.

But while that seems like an enviable problem, organisers of the New World Wine Awards say it adds up to each of the 13 tasting experts having to try out 120 different wines a day for three days from today.

And it might not all go down so easy, either - not that judges are meant to drink the wine.

Unlike many global competitions, the New World competition is aimed at everyday wines, requiring all entrants to produce at least 5000 bottles and to sell their vintage at below $25 a bottle.

"More and more people are choosing to buy their wine at the supermarket at the same time as they stop and get what they need for dinner, so the New World Wine Awards takes the guess work out of choosing award winning wines at a great price, chair of judges Jim Harre said.

Nearly two-thirds of this year's entrants are from New Zealand winemakers with Marlborough accounting for more than 300 entries and submissions from Gisborne, Otago and Hawke's Bay all on the rise.

Not surprisingly, Australian wines also make a up a hefty 337 of the total 1332 entries from 188 vineyards.

The judges, who include both local and international experts, will converge on Wellington's Te Papa today and will announce prizes in September.