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Villa Maria Chardonnay scoops three trophies at Bragato Wine Awards

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A Villa Maria Chardonnay has stolen the show at the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards 2011 trophy announcements made at the weekend.

The Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2010 picked up three trophies including Champion Wine of Show, Champion Chardonnay and the Sustainability Trophy.

The prized Keltern Vineyard in the South-Western Maraekakaho sub-region of the Heretaunga Plains in Hawkes Bay, is an exceptional vineyard site that regularly produces premium quality wines that have gone forth to win several national and international awards over the years.

Keltern Vineyard Manager Mark Dixon commented on the trophy wins: "The beauty of the Bragato Awards is that they specifically recognise the effort that goes in at the vineyard end of the winemaking chain. As single vineyard awards they reflect the specific terroir of the site and while acknowledging the manager of the site, they really reflect everyone involved in making the wine. To be awarded the Sustainability Trophy together with the Champion Wine Trophy really endorses the effort put in at the vineyard to gain that accreditation and the fantastic site that Keltern is. Here at Keltern everyone has had a part to play in this success, from the grazing sheep and the dedicated staff in the vineyard, to the vintage crew and winemaking team. We work hard on sustainable practices in the vineyard so it's fitting that these trophies recognise the whole team involved in making these wines. The 2010 season was a little peculiar in that it was marked with a major rain event in late summer that could have been disastrous. However, Mother Nature turned the taps off giving a very dry lead-up to harvest and fantastic conditions for picking decisions to be made when the fruit was in optimal condition and full of flavour," he said.

Other trophies for Villa Maria wines were Champion Other Red Wine for the Villa Maria Reserve Grenache 2007 and Champion Other White Wine for the Villa Maria Single Vineyard Omahu Gravels Viognier 2010.

A summary of Villa Maria's Trophy and Gold results:

TROPHY

Champion Wine of Show - Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2010

Champion Chardonnay - Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2010

Sustainability Trophy - Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2010

Champion Other White Wine - Villa Maria Single Vineyard Omahu Gravels Viognier 2010

Champion Other Red Wine - Villa Maria Reserve Grenache 2007

PURE GOLD

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2010

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2010

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2009

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2009

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Omahu Gravels Viognier 2010

Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009

GOLD

Villa Maria Southern Clays Pinot Noir 2009

Villa Maria Reserve Grenache 2007

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