22 Nov 2009

Martinborough pinot takes top wine honours

7:17 am on 22 November 2009

A Martinborough pinot noir has taken the highest prize at the Air New Zealand wine awards - the first time in 20 years a wine from the region has taken top honours.

The champion wine of show trophy was awarded to The Julicher Pinot Noir 2008.

A Central Otago riesling - Olssens Annieburn Riesling 2009 - was named top sustainable wine.

The awards were presented in Christchurch on Saturday night and attracted 1655 entries.

Thirty-eight elite gold medals were handed out - the most ever awarded in the competition's history.