23 Nov 2008

Top wine awards go to Hawke's Bay

7:55 am on 23 November 2008

Two Hawke's Bay Syrahs have claimed the top awards at the 2008 Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

The Champion Wine of the Show Trophy went to Church Road Reserve Syrah 2007.

The Bell Gully Champion Sustainable Wine Trophy went to Crossroads Winery, for its Elms Vineyard Reserve Syrah 2007.

The chairman of the judging panel, Steve Smith, said the two winners made a big impression on the 26-strong panel, and that the Church Road Syrah is world-class wine.

Eighteen trophies and 31 elite gold medals were awarded across six winegrowing regions.

The awards were dominated by Hawke's Bay and Marlborough, with each region claiming eight trophies.

The awards were presented in Wellington on Saturday.