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First wine trophy for Central Otago’s Black Quail Estate

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Central Otago’s Black Quail Estate vineyard and truffière is victorious after being awarded the Mike Wolter Memorial Trophy and Champion Pinot Noir at the Bragato Wine Awards in Marlborough last night.

Black Quail Estate 2013 Pinot Noir is a true boutique, single vineyard wine. All the Pinot Noir is from this single vineyard on Felton Road, Bannockburn and only 400 cases are made every year.

Sitting on 25 hectares of prime grape growing land on Felton Road, Bannockburn Dunedin’s Keillor family purchased the land in 1999. Owners Rod and Mirani Keillor immediately planted ten hectares with Pinot Noir and now have planted the rest with olives, fruit and hazelnut trees. They released their first wine in 200. Their stand of hazelnut trees rewarded with their first harvest of Périgord black truffles in 2015 and again this year.

Fruit was grown with support from viticulturist Gary Crabbe, and the wine made by Francis Hutt.

The Bragato Wine Awards are the first awards to review wines from the new vintage and recognise viticultural excellence and the influence grape growers and their vineyards have in creating New Zealand wines of terroir. More than 600 wines were considered in the 2016 competition by a 13 strong judging team including international judges Andrea Frost and Nick Ryan.

Black Quail Estate Pinot Noir is sold in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore and New Zealand with a focus on Otago.

Black Quail Estate 2013 Pinot Noir is available for sale online www.blackquail.co.nz

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