Local winemaker’s The Doctors’ Wine is set to be at the top of shopping lists after the wine was today announced as a Gold medal winner at the 2019 New World Wine Awards, earning a place in the competition’s prestigious Top 50 wines.

The wine was recognised out of more than 1,274 entries submitted by 176 wineries from New Zealand and overseas. It will now be available in New World stores nationwide for the next five weeks.

Winemaker and general manager, Doctors’ Wine Beth Forrest said the accolade is a great achievement for the team and an exciting development for the Doctors’ Wine.

“For us, this win is a great opportunity to showcase a naturally crafted full flavoured wine that is lower in alcohol,” said Forrest.

On a mission to connect its customers with the best quality affordable wines, the New World Wine Awards is all about top quality wines at great prices. New World rewards the Top 50 Gold medal winners with nationwide distribution and promotional support through 135 stores, where the winning wines are eagerly anticipated by consumers each year.

“The Doctors’ Rose is fresh and lively; it practically dances across your palate. Crafted from flavoursome Pinot Noir and dry, aromatic Arneis, you can taste fresh strawberries and ripe red cherries and aromatic herbs – It’s like summer in a bottle!

“We think consumers will really love this impeccably structured, lower alcohol wine that has been created with no compromises in the wine growing process and – more importantly – ensures no compromises to their wine drinking experience."

Now in its 17th year, New World Wine Awards were judged by a panel of 17 independent wine experts, headed by returning Chair of Judges Jim Harré. Every entry was blind tasted, with only varietal, vintage and country of origin noted. Entries were evaluated using the same 100-point scale as other wine competitions worldwide, which benchmarks entries against what a perfect wine should be like.