Posted: Apr 02, 2019
An affordable New Zealand wine has won a prestigious international award, beating out bottles more than triple the price for top spot.
The Rapaura Springs Sauvignon Blanc 2018 has just taken home a gold medal at the Grand International MUNDUS VINI Wine Award in Germany.
Although it's a three-time international gold medal winning wine, it retails at just $18 – a pretty great price for a seriously high quality drop.
The wine is sold across Australia at Liquorland, First Choice Liquor and Vintage Cellars.
The 2018 sauvignon blanc is described as pure and vibrant with layers of delicious tropical, citrus and gooseberry flavours with a fresh, crisp finish.
A panel of 260 wine experts from 50 countries awarded the bottle the medal amongst a field of 7,200 sauvignon blancs from wineries across the globe.
It was only one of seven New Zealand sauvignon blancs to receive such an honour.
This is the third prestigious gold medal from a major wine competition to be collected by the wine, following wins at the New Zealand International Wine Competition and the China Wines and Spirits Awards.
The Rapaura Springs sauvignon blanc 2018 has just taken home a gold medal at the Grand International MUNDUS VINI Wine Award in Germany
What wines did this bottle beat?
2016 Juliusspital Sauvignon Blanc trocken Premium - $50
2018 Fransola Sauvignon Blanc - $40.99
2018 Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc - $33
2017 Stoan Weiß - $36.40
2017 Kranachberg Sauvignon Blanc - $34
Cathi Scarce, Coles Acting Chief Executive Liquor and Hotels, said the accolade was testament to the passion and hard work of the experienced Rapaura Springs team.
'It's fantastic to see such strong international results for our exclusive partners,' she said.
'We're committed to working with the best wineries in the world to deliver amazing quality wines at a great price for our consumers, and this wine is certainly one of those.'
Owner of the family-owned winery Brendan Neylon said the result continues to ratify the business's ongoing goal to produce world class wines at prices everyone can afford.
'It's incredibly satisfying to see our wines being recognised by such impressive, global competitions,' he said.
'We share this success with our loyal wine drinkers who obviously know a good thing!'
Rapaura Springs Winemaker Michael Bann echoed Neylon's comments.
'Careful vineyard management and our world class team ensured we were able to produce another fantastic selection of wines from 2018,' he said.
'This wine is a quintessential Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, sure to impress on any table.'
By Billie Schwab
Dunn April 2, 2019
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