Takapoto Estate win World’s top pinot noir yet again

Andy Anderson (pictured) only makes two wines under the Takapoto label. (Photo: Christel Yardley/Stuff)

When Andy Anderson won the World’s Best Pinot Noir trophy at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London last year he was understandably stoked.

“I entered my first wine in the competition because I wanted to see how it stacked up against other local and international examples of pinot noir. The IWC reviews over 20,000 wines more than 3,500 of which are pinot noir.”

Anderson’s winning wine was the 2012 Takapoto Bannockburn Pinot Noir (NZD $75). He also won the IWSC Producer of the Year trophy.

“The win meant everything to me personally and it takes the Takapoto brand from nowhere to the world stage,” said Anderson at the time. “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.”

“The win meant everything to me personally and it takes the Takapoto brand from nowhere to the world stage.” – Andy Anderson

Anderson only makes two wines under the Takapoto label. The IWSC has just announced that his second wine, 2014 Takapoto Gibbston Pinot Noir (NZD $70), has won the IWSC World’s Best Pinot Noir trophy this year.

IWSC General Manager Adam Lechmere commented,

“To paraphrase Lady Bracknell, winning once might seem like good fortune, but winning twice is evidence of the most careful winemaking. Andy Anderson is a winemaker of rare and consistent skill.”

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 NZ 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. Anderson makes the Takapoto wines at Invivo’s Te Kauwhata winery.

I awarded the wine 97 points with the following comments:

“Quite a ripe, fruity example of the Gibbston style with raspberry, fresh herb, violet and subtle wood smoke flavours. The wine has appealing purity and an ethereal texture. Clearly made with a light touch, it has character and impressive power. Outstanding pinot noir.”

It’s worth noting that New Zealand has won the best pinot noir trophy every year for the past 13 years. Here is a list of past winners:

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