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Blackenbrook Pinot Blanc Champion Trophy Medal

Nelson’s Blackenbrook Vineyard has won the Champion Trophy Medal for its first vintage of Pinot Blanc at this year’s New Zealand Aromatic Wine Competition in the ‘Other Aromatic’ category.

Blackenbrook’s 2019 Pinot Blanc was launched only last month.

Blackenbrook owners Daniel and Ursula Schwarzenbach were thrilled at the reception their newest wine has received.

“It’s always rewarding to receive recognition for the hard work our vineyard team and family have put into creating our signature wines, like the Pinot Blanc. With only 11 hectares of Pinot Blanc grapes planted throughout New Zealand, mostly used for blending, we knew it would be a challenge to introduce an unfamiliar wine to Kiwis,” Daniel said.

I have been writing a regular wine column for The Nelson Mail newspaper since 2000.

Unfortunately the column space is not big enough to include my thoughts on all of the many wines I taste. Hopefully this blog will fix that. It also gives me somewhere to archive the many columns I write. I will also include some favourite recipes from my dearly beloved who loves cooking and of course because wine and food simply go together. I will also point you in the direction of upcoming events and websites I think are great. Enjoy, Neil

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