New Zealand wines have beaten contenders from around the world to win the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir Trophies for the fourth consecutive year at an international wine and spirit competition in Britain.
The Sauvignon Blanc trophy was awarded to the Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009 and the Pinot Noir Trophy to Mount Dottrel Central Otago Pinot Noir 2007.
Judging panel chair Luciana Lynch says New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and more recently some of its Pinot Noirs, can upstage the best in the world when it comes to absolute quality and class.
More than 80% of the New Zealand entries won awards in the competition, including a record number of silver medals.
The competition is one of the most highly regarded and longest running wine events.