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Double Gold for Hay Paddock Syrah in China?s Biggest Wine Competition – by TiZwine

A Waiheke Island Syrah from The Hay Paddock has been awarded a Double Gold Medal at this week’s 2012 China Wine Awards announced today.

Billed as “the biggest Wine and Spirits Competition in Hong Kong and China” around 100 judges took part in the blind tasting of international wines making it “the only competition committed to judging wines specifically for the Chinese market”.

The Hay Paddock entry was one of only 19 medals awarded to New Zealand wines and was their Silk Syrah from the 2010 vintage grown at their single vineyard estate in Onetangi Valley. The same wine was recently awarded the Gold medal in the Shiraz category at the Australian Boutique Wine Awards in Sydney.

Chris Canning, Winemaker at The Hay Paddock commented, “The challenge of entering New Zealand syrah in top international competitions is to trust that the spice and minerality of our cool climate wines will be judged positively against the French or Australian equivalents. We were attracted to this competition because the majority of judges are buyers from the Greater China markets and every winemaker in the world is keenly interested in what appeals to the Chinese palate. Waiheke Island can consistently deliver phenolic ripeness without excess heat and we are very pleased to have chosen this variety as our specialization.”

An earlier vintage of The Hay Paddock won the Trophy for Best Shiraz/Syrah at the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2010 in Hong Kong.