New York becomes City of Dreams for Kiwi winery

The bright lights of New York have shone their spotlight on Brancott Estate, which has placed Marlborough wines firmly on the international stage at the 2018 New York International Wine Competition.

Brancott Estate was named New Zealand Marlborough Winery of the Year, and was the only winery of the 1,400 competitors to win three of the 36 coveted Double Gold medals, in the results just released at the beginning of June.

These outstanding wins make Brancott Estate the best performing New Zealand winery at this internationally-recognized competition, and one of the top performers overall. There were nine other New Zealand wineries that received accolades at the show.

Brancott Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 and Brancott Estate Letter Series B Sauvignon Blanc 2017 won Double Gold in the ‘Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand $18.99 and Lower Category’, and were joined by gold-medal-winner Brancott Estate FlightSong* Sauvignon Blanc 2017. Brancott Estate FlightSong* Pinot Grigio 2017 took Double Gold in the ‘Pinot Gris, New Zealand Category’.

Brancott Estate Chief Winemaker Patrick Materman said it was a proud moment for him and the team in Marlborough, New Zealand, to see such success.

“The 2017 vintage has delivered wines that have intense, concentrated fruit flavors that Marlborough is renowned for, which we’re seeing in the three awarded Sauvignon Blancs from the region, and the Pinot Grigio,” Patrick said.

“It’s exciting to see our FlightSong* Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio receiving such high acclaim, as it shows that lower alcohol doesn’t mean less taste. We’ve been doing a lot of work over the past six years to look at how we can create naturally lower alcohol wines and feel this award is a real testament to that work.”

Organizers of the New York International Wine Competition say they are thrilled with the quality of the wine submissions at their eighth annual show, which saw entries flood in from more than 24 countries. The show is a blind tasting conducted by a trade-buyer-only judging panel that assesses the wines both by their category and actual price. Judges include retail store buyers, sommeliers, restaurant beverage directors, hoteliers, distributors and importers.

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*FlightSong is known as Flight in all regions except the United States.



About Brancott Estate
Since planting the first Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in 1975, Brancott Estate (previously known as Montana) has continued to craft striking wines to suit every occasion, including naturally lower alcohol, sparkling, organic, oak-infused and age-worthy expressions of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. In addition they have led the revival of Sauvignon Gris, a rare varietal now enjoying a global resurgence.

Brancott Estate has been looking to the future since their beginning, advocating sustainability across all aspects of their winemaking, and helping found sustainable winemaking in New Zealand. This programme has since transformed into Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ). All vineyards and wineries are accredited under the scheme.

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Prue Bartholomaeus
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M: +61 438 565 077

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Global PR Manager, NZ Wines, Pernod Ricard Winemakers
M: +64 27 336 8312

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