The revamped New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards competition focuses strongly on celebrating the grape grower and their single vineyard wines, as well as championing New Zealand wine excellence on a larger scale, with a particular lean towards vineyard excellence and regionality.
"The gold medal list and resulting trophies show that our evolving wine industry is beginning to display a very strong relationship between variety, style and wine region," said Mr Gibson.
This year's competition saw almost 1400 wines entered.
New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards 2018 - Top Trophies
Best Organic White Wine
Carrick Bannockburn Riesling Central Otago 2017
Best Organic Red Wine
Carrick Bannockburn Pinot Noir Central Otago 2015
Best Single Vineyard White Wine
Isabel Estate Wild Barrique Chardonnay Marlborough 2017
JF Hillebrand New Zealand Best Single Vineyard Red Wine
Craggy Range Pinot Noir Te Muna Road Vineyard Martinborough 2016
Label and Litho Limited Best Open White Wine
Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2018
QuayConnect Best Open Red Wine
Waipara Hills Pinot Noir Rosa Waipara Valley 2018
Best Wine of Provenance
Auntsfield Cob Cottage Chardonnay 2016, 2010, 2006
New Zealand Wine of the Year Champion Sponsored by O-I New Zealand
Maude Pinot Noir Central Otago 2017
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