8 Oct 2010

Success for Northland chardonnays at wine show

12:49 pm on 8 October 2010

Northland winemakers are toasting their success at the recent New Zealand International Wine Awards - where chardonnay from both ends of the region took top honours.

Chardonnays from Karikari Estate in Doubtless Bay and Lochiel Estate and Estuary Wines - both from Mangawhai - each won a gold medal.

Lochiel estate owner Gary Cameron, who is president of the Northland Winegrowers Association, says they are thrilled with their success.

He says the gold medals confirm the suitability of the Mangawhai micro-climate, beneath the Brynderwyn hills, for chardonnay grapes.

Karikari Estate also received a silver and seven bronze medals for other wines including pinotage, and syrah.

Monty Knight, who has been making wines and winning prizes since 1984 at his Okahu Estate near Kaitaia.

He missed out this time, but says the success of his colleagues with chardonnays is a milestone for the north.

Mr Knight says the 2010 vintage is looking even more promising with some very intense flavours due to the drought in the region last summer.