Plenty of winning wines from New Zealand

wine hand in 8.10.08
wine hand in 8.10.08
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New Zealand romped home at the Decanter World Wine Awards with 92 per cent of its wines entered receiving an award,

And one of the winners was this nugget from the country’s most famous export, Marlborough sauvignon blanc.

Try Shingle Peak Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2011, New Zealand (£8.99, www.laithwaites.co.uk).

Fragrant and soft with yummy passion fruit, melon drops and tropical fruits.

On the other side of the southern hemisphere, Chilean winemaker Leyda won a gold for its Vina Leyda Garuma Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda, 2011, Chile (£8.50, {http://www.thewinesociety.com |www.thewinesociety.com|Click here to visit The Wine Society}).

Grassy and nettly with gooseberries, grapefruit and a zesty, limey finish, it’s a crisp white.

Australia’s medal count of 673 put it in second place behind France, and includes dark beauties such as The Black Pig Single Vineyard Clare Valley Shiraz 2010, Australia (£10.99, www.virginwines.com).

Dense and powerful, it’s a blockbuster, showy red that won a bronze for its forest floor of concentrated black fruits, gentle spice, firm tannins and long, powerful, velvety smooth finish.