New winemaker scoops pool in first wine show

Takapoto Pinot Noir (Photo: Bob Campbell MW)

Entering a wine show for the first time must be a bit scary. But a great result can be potentially life-changing as Andy Anderson discovered when he entered the first vintage of his brand new label in London’s prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). His 2012 Takapoto Bannockburn Single Vineyard Pinot Noir was awarded a trophy for the world’s best pinot noir. But wait, there’s more. The wine then won the 2017 New Zealand Producer of the Year trophy.

Anderson is ecstatic about the accolades and comments,

“The win means everything to me personally and it takes the Takapoto brand from nowhere to the world stage. The IWSC is hard to win, you are first judged against your countrymen, then against the rest of the world, if it makes it to the trophy tasting, your wine will have been reviewed three times by different tasting panels.”

IWSC General Manager Adam Lechmere comments,

“This is an absolutely brilliant win for Takapoto in its first year as an IWSC entrant. This is a very tough field, and to win two major trophies is a massive achievement.” Lechmere adds, “It shows how dynamic and interesting NZ pinot noir is, and we are delighted to have recognised excellence where it’s deserved. More for next year please!”

Anderson was one of the first graduates of Lincoln University’s Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology in 1998. He went on to make wine in the Barossa Valley, as well as in Spain. On returning to New Zealand in late 2009, he went on to buy Cambridge Fine Wines and rekindle his friendship with old university mate Rob Cameron, now of Invivo Wines, who invited Anderson to make with him what was to be Anderson’s first in a series of Central Otago pinot noirs at Invivo’s winery.

The 2012 Takapoto Bannockburn Single Vineyard Pinot Noir has an RRP of NZD $75 and is available (while stocks last) from Glengarry and Cambridge Fine Wine Company.

I plan to review the wine shortly.

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