Hawke’s Bay chardonnays beat French Burgundy

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Hawke’s Bay (Photo: Hawke’s Bay Wine)

Five Hawke’s Bay chardonnays were served blind against five top white Burgundies in Beijing where they were assessed by 30 wine writers, key influencers and trade buyers from China. Hawke’s Bay wine, Ngatarawa 2014 Proprietor’s Reserve Chardonnay, was placed first while three Kiwi wines were in the top five.

“Not only did we outshine the French reds in the comparative tasting in China earlier this year but now we’ve demonstrated that we can produce outstanding whites, with our award-winning chardonnay beating the French hands down.”

Says Michael Henley, Chairman of the Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers Association.

“And our Hawke’s Bay chardonnay is also great value for money.” Says Henley: “The highest ranking Hawke’s Bay chardonnay and theĀ overall winner is almost one-eighth the price of the top French chardonnay, which it outclassed”.

This is a significant success. French wine is highly regarded in China where it outsells wine from all other countries. Two triumphs by New Zealand wines promise to fuel local wine columns and will ultimately raise the profile of New Zealand in this important and growing wine market.

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