Spy Valley Wines awarded top honours at the Winestate Wine of the Year Awards. Covering both Australia and New Zealand, the 2014 Spy Valley Iced Sauvignon Blanc took home the trophy for Sweet White Wine of the Year at the Winestate Wine of the Year Awards 2015.
“Getting the award for Sweet Wine of the Year is a wonderful acknowledgement. The risk of making these wines is high, but when all the factors come together the result can be pretty exciting. The dedication to produce these styles comes from the entire company and Spy Valley can be proud that we have the commitment to do this. Achieving the Winestate Wine of the Year Award is particularly gratifying given the competition in the Australasian market.” Said Paul Bourgeois, Chief Winemaker at Spy Valley Wines.
Spy Valley Iced Sauvignon Blanc comes from Johnson Vineyard E Extension Block in the Waihopai Valley in Marlborough. Once considered too cold to grow grapes the site has been awarded numerous trophies over the 15 years since Spy Valley Wines was established. Handpicked on a cold frosty morning after an almost perfect noble rot infection. The raisined grapes were slowly pressed to French oak barrels and a small tank for fermentation over seven months.
Along with the trophy, Spy Valley was a finalist and in the Top 5 for Riesling Wine of the Year for the Spy Valley ENVOY Riesling 2010.
“The Spy Valley ENVOY Riesling 2010 is a style intended for cellaring, and to have the wine achieve runner up for the 2015 Winestate Wine of the Year Riesling is fantastic! Our Rieslings get a disproportionate amount of love and attention in the vineyard and winery, and it is amazing to be regarded this highly within the field.” Said Bourgeois.
Both wines are available in limited quantities from the Spy Valley Cellar Door and some selected retailers throughout the country.