Fanatical about Riesling


Cuisine has just today released results from their Riesling tasting and the two Accolade New Zealand wine brands; Mud House and Waipara Hills, have received outstanding recognition.

The 2014 Waipara Hills Waipara Valley Riesling placed first in the tasting with five stars and also a best buy award which recognises great value for money.

The 2014 Mud House Riesling, also hailing from the Waipara Valley, was placed eighth in the New Zealand line up, receiving 4.5 stars and a best buy award.

On the eve of this fantastic result, Accolade NZ Group Winemaker, Ben Glover, was in Melbourne in what he coins a ‘total immersion of Riesling’. He is currently attending ‘Riesling Down Under’, a three-yearly event, dedicated solely to arguably the noblest of grapes – Riesling.

“What an event to be part of, lining up with some of the most iconic Riesling producers from around the world; Egon Muller, Ernie Loosen, and Willi Brundlmayer to name a few”, Ben said.

“This Cuisine result, along with winning the Trophy at the International Riesling Challenge with our 2013 Mud House Estate The Mound Vineyard Waipara Valley Riesling, has escalated our reputation as a solid Riesling producer and I think we are starting to become recognised as serious Riesling fanatics”, Ben said.

The Mud House and Waipara Hills Rieslings both hail from company vineyards in the Waipara Valley.  Jean-Luc Dufour, Accolade’s Waipara Vineyard Manager comments; “When I started working at this vineyard over 20 years ago, I didn’t like Riesling. Now I think it’s fantastic! The fruit has this pungent scent that makes you want to eat it, it’s like nothing else out there,” he said.

Accolade’s New Zealand brands have won a total of three trophies and received fifteen gold medals, for Riesling hailing from the Waipara Valley.

February has been highlighted as the Month of Riesling, a flow on from the hugely successful Summer of Riesling events. Accoalde New Zealand has several Cellar Door inititives along with on-trade promotions for the month of February with their Waipara Hills Riesling.

Hannah Armstrong
PR, Communications and Events

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