Delta Vineyard Triumphs
Delta Vineyard's 2005 Marlborough Pinot Noir has won both the Pinot Noir Trophy and the Champion Wine of Show at the 2006 Air New Zealand Wine Awards. The Trophy and
Wine of Show Award, announced on November 12th 2006, followed the same wine's success at the recent New Zealand International Wine Show, where it also won the Pinot Noir Trophy.
"These results confirm our thoughts when we planted the vineyard, that it was a great site for Pinot Noir," says winemaker Matt Thomson. "To win the Trophy and Wine of Show with only our second vintage, and with a wine that retails in New Zealand at $21 [in the UK at £9.95], is an achievement of which we are very proud."
The Hatter's Hill Pinot Noir, a selection of the best fruit from the hills of the Delta Vineyard, also won a Gold Medal at the same show. It will be released in Spring 2007.
"The combination of low vigour clay soils and the best of the new Dijon clones gives us superb fruit, some of the best Pinot I've ever worked with in Marlborough," says Thomson. "I think the quality of the fruit from this site is borne out by the recent successes we've had. In order to preserve this quality, we take a fairly low tech approach in the winery."
The 40-hectare Delta Vineyard site was bought in 2001 by four partners, amongst whom are Matt Thomson and UK based wine importer David Gleave MW. It was planted solely with Pinot Noir in 2002 and 2003 and produced its first vintage in 2004.
The 2005 Delta Pinot 2005 is available in New Zealand through Vintners New Zealand, and is exported to Australia, Canada, Denmark, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Taiwan, UK and USA.