New Zealand winemaker Andy Anderson has again won the World’s Best Pinot Noir Trophy at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), after being awarded the trophy for his 2014 Takapoto Central Otago Pinot Noir. The win continues a 12-year long winning streak for New Zealand wines taking out the IWSC World Pinot Noir trophy.
“Winning the IWSC Pinot Trophy back to back is just a dream come true,” said Anderson. “It’s fantastic that both vineyards which our single vineyard wines are made from have now won the trophy and is a true testament of the hard work that goes into making these wines.”
IWSC General Manager Adam Lechmere was impressed with Anderson’s success.
“To paraphrase Lady Bracknell, winning once might seem like good fortune, but winning twice is evidence of the most careful winemaking,” he said. “Last year I said that to win two golds at the IWSC is a massive achievement: to win two golds one year and trophy the next is a huge endorsement, and proof that Andy Anderson is a winemaker of rare and consistent skill.”
Anderson was one of the first graduates of Lincoln University’s Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology in 1998. He went on to buy Cambridge Fine Wines and reconnected with former university mate Rob Cameron, now of Invivo Wines, who invited Anderson to make with him what was to be Anderson’s first Central Otago Pinot Noir at Invivo’s winery.
In 2017 Anderson won the IWSC New Zealand Producer of the Year Trophy, and this year he is again a finalist for the same award.