IWC Sustainability Trophy; second time in three years.

By Andrew Donaldson
IWC Sustainability Trophy; second time in three years.

It’s official, Central Otago pinot noir cannot be beaten for its world class wine, with akitu taking out consecutive wins at the world’s most influential wine awards, last night.

Following two weeks of blind taste testing at London’s Oval cricket ground, by judges comprised of the most important people in the wine world, akitu pinot noir from Wanaka was announced the winner of the IWC (International Wine Challenge) Sustainability Trophy.

Thousands of wines from 55 countries entered this year’s IWC competition hopeful for a top spot. Of the 32 gold medals awarded to New Zealand wines, akitu won gold medals for both top cuvee A1 Black Label 2016 and akitu A2 White Label 2016, scoring 96 points for each wine. This will be the third year akitu has been entered, resulting in three gold medals and eight trophies in total.

Akitu’s founder Andrew Donaldson says, “We are delighted by this year’s IWC trophy and awards. Being acknowledged on an international stage at such a respected event is a truly humbling experience that fills our team with great pride – we are making wine in the southern most winemaking region on earth and the world’s most influential wine judges think it’s good…actually, really good.