After three days of judging over 1400 wines, 91 gold medals have been awarded in this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

“Pinot Noir was once again the star performer with 17 golds,” said Chair of judges and Master of Wine Michael Brajkovich. “Predominately the wines came from Marlborough and Central Otago, but a Hawke’s Bay Pinot Noir was also in the mix.”

“The top wines from other categories were exceptional, particularly from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Syrah and the quality of Hawke’s Bay Merlot and Cabernet-based wines took a big step up this year hailing from strong 2013 and 2014 vintages.”

In addition to the 91 gold medals, 268 silver medals and 973 bronze medals were awarded.

The best of the best elite gold and trophy winning wines will be revealed at a black tie dinner in Auckland on 12 November. For the full list of medal winners visit Caption: Ralph Kyte-Powell.