When I heard my colleague Bob Campbell MW had been honoured as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, I was hoping to be able to call him Sir Bob.
This newsletter is groaning with great value AUD $35 pinot noirs – two of them!
New Zealand narrowly headed off Australia to win the trophy for top country at the Six Nations Wine Challenge this year.
During an extensive tasting of the variety, I came across three wines in the “super-premium” category with prices south of NZD $50.
As this year’s chairman, and the Australian judge, it was my pleasure to present the awards for the 2017 Six Nations Wine Challenge last week.
This is the 15th year that the Six Nations Wine Challenge has been held in Sydney. It’s my favourite wine competition for lots of rather obvious reasons.
I had the honour of presenting the silverware at the 2016 Six Nations Wine Challenge trophy presentation dinner.
The embargo has lifted and I am now allowed to reveal the class and trophy winners.
This year, New Zealand won “Top Country” trophy as well as winning seven out of the 15 classes.
At the Six Nations Wine Challenge in Sydney last year, Argentina won seven out of the ten top places in the Malbec class with Australia occupying the other three places. No surprises there. I chose not to enter any New Zealand Malbecs in that class.