Double-hemisphere triumph for Peregrine plonk

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A southern hemisphere-winning Gibbston red wine has swept the board in a northern hemisphere competition.
 
Peregrine’s Pinot Noir 2009 has been awarded the Bouchard Finlayson Trophy Pinot Noir in the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London. 

Less than 12 months ago the same wine was hailed the champion wine at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards in addition to trophies for best pinot noir and best red wine. 

Peregrine Wines’ managing director and co-owner Lindsay McLachlan says: “To have a wine recognised by truly experienced judging panels at different ends of the world is truly unique. 

“I’m not aware of a wine like this that has won to this standard in both hemispheres. 

“This is a unique achievement, the pinnacle to date for our winemakers, vineyard team and growers, 

“We never thought we would deliver the best wine in NZ and one of the best in the world in our 13th year of operation.” 

Judges said the pinot “rose effortlessly to its supreme gold mark with the panel”. 

McLachlan will travel to London to receive the trophy from IWSC president Prince Robert de Luxembourg at a presentation banquet at the Guildhall on November 16.