YVONNE LORKIN dish drinks writer and experienced beer, wine and cider judge

CAMERON DOUGLAS Master sommelier and lecturer at AUT

LYNNETTE HUDSON Winemaker, for Tongue in Groove Wines

Gold Medal

Superb. Strongly recommended.

Silver Medal

A cut above the rest in quality.

Bronze Medal

A good-quality crowd pleaser.

(NB: All wines are judged blind under competition conditions. The scores of judges for their own wines cannot exceed those of other judges.)

What is it about the cooling creep of autumn’s afternoon shadows and soft tick of the crockpot thermostat in winter that has us craving those addictively good violet- and pepper-scented syrahs? Maybe it’s because we’re becoming better acquainted with the styles our little country is capable of creating. Maybe it’s because it’s so seductively tasty when sipped with those sexy, saucy, recipes featuring duck, venison and all manner of gorgeous game. Who knows. All we at are concerned with is finding greatness out there that we can champion.

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