Team Matua September 14 2015 Five Golds across five varietals at NZ International Wine Show 14 September 2015 Five Golds across five varietals at NZ International Wine Show 14 September 2015 20 Matua wines have returned from New Zealand’s largest wine competition draped in medals, after a very successful run at September’s NZ International Wine Show. Five of them were Gold: the recipients being the Lands and Legends Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014, Single Vineyard Hawkes Bay Malbec 2013, Single Vineyard Matheson Syrah 2013, Single Vineyard Matheson Merlot 2013, and the Single Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay 2014. Chief Winemaker Nikolai St George was rapt with the results: “Five Golds across five varietals from three different regions is an impressive feat,” he said. “We’ve come a long way since we produced New Zealand’s first Sauvignon Blanc over 40 years ago – and these medals reflect the versatility of skill in our team and consistency of quality, no matter the wine,” he said. “It’s also great to see so many of our Single Vineyard wines doing so well – so much love goes into these wines to create something special. We only make them in small quantities and they’re the cream of the crop, hand-picked from our best vines. We’ve been really focusing on purity and uniqueness and letting the individual vineyards shine – and I’m so glad it’s piqued the interest of judges.” 14 September 2015 Held annually, the New Zealand International Wine Show is chaired by Bob Campbell MW. Wines from any country and from any variety can be entered and this year 2100 entries were received from 10 countries resulting in 221 gold medals being awarded. Matua’s medals add to what has been a solid year on the international wine show circuit. Other big awards we’ve picked up include a Trophy for the Matua Single Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Merlot Malbec 2013 at the 6 Nations Wine Challenge; a Trophy for the 2014 Single Vineyard Awatere Sauvignon Blanc at London’s 2015 International Wine Challenge (IWC); and “Champion Wine of the Show” and “Champion Syrah” Trophies for the 2013 Matua Single Vineyard Matheson Syrah at the 2015 NZ Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, where Nikolai was also crowned “Wine Maker of the Year”.