Since it’s inception in 2005, the New Zealand International Wine Show has been the largest wine judging competition in the country. Bob Campbell MW is the Chief Judge and is ranked as the most experienced wine judge in New Zealand. He also has a formidable team of Assistant Chief Judges – Larry Mckenna, John Hancock and Tony Bish.
This year the team of 24 senior judges awarded 291 Gold Medals, 376 Silver and 700 Bronze Medals. This is the highest number of gold medals ever awarded – a reflection of the outstanding 2019 vintage in New Zealand, the run of excellent vintages in Australia and the overall quality of the entry submissions.
The judges commented after numerous classes that it was the best quality line up of wines they have encountered in a wine competition. The major producers all achieved significant medal success but a large number of “smaller” first time entrants also won gold medals. These awards provide them with the opportunity to market their wines, with the public appreciating the medals awarded in a totally unbiased and professional situation.
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