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London IWSC Gold

Now in their 25th year of growing and handcrafting wine, Gibbston Valley Winery earns another accolade for their Central Otago Pinot Noir. 

From results released overnight from the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London, Gibbston Valley has been awarded a Gold Medal for its 2010 Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir.  This was one of only 12 Gold Medal awarded to New Zealand wines across all varieties, and one of five Pinot Noirs.

The 2010 Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir, already a Pure Elite Gold Medal winner at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, is one of the company’s most awarded wines.

“This was a very good vintage for Gibbston Valley, and for Central Otago Pinot Noir,” said Gibbston Valley Winemaker Christopher Keys.  “We are seeing the quality of Central Otago Pinot Noir being reflected in shows both international and local.”

The result has come two weeks after the 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir and the 2010 School House Pinot Noir were awarded Gold Medals at the New Zealand International Wine Show, held in Auckland.

“Amongst this success, seeing the Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir do consistently well is satisfying.  For 25 years it has been the mainstay of our production, the core benchmark of our quality level,” said Keys.


The IWSC boasts the “most highly qualified and trained group of international judges of any wine and spirit competition.” 

They were clearly beguiled by the Gold Medal winning Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir, noting its “brooding character” and “intrigue” before posing the question “where is this character going to go?”

Their conclusion?

“It is going to be a fun filled journey to follow,” said Keys.

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