The top wine picks straight from the expert

  • 11/11/2015
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The AIR NZ wine awards were announced yesterday.

They're the gold medal winners and will proudly sport a sticker.

This year 1,407 wines were entered, and yesterday judges announced 84 gold medal-winning wines. 

Chair of Judges and Master of Wine Michael Brajkovich said the most pleasing aspect of this year’s awards was the spread of gold medals across a number of varietal styles and regions. 

"Pinot Noir was once again the star performer with 18 golds. Predominantly the wines came from Otago, Marlborough and the Wairarapa, but Nelson, Canterbury and Hawke's Bay Pinot Noirs were also in the mix. The quality of Hawke's Bay Syrah continues to impress." 

On November 28 they’ll whittle them down to a winning wine from each varietal, and an overall grand winner.

Watch the video for the full segment

Michael’s picks

•             Coal Pit Tiwha Pinot Noir Central Otago 2014

•             Te Tera Pinot Noir Martinborough 2014

•             Saint Clair Premium Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015

•             Vidal Estate Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015