Wairarapa Times Age – 28 August 2007

This article in the Wairarapa Times Age is about Tirohana Estate winning the Mike Wolter Memorial Trophy and K1 Gold Medal class at the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards in Auckland…

Tirohana’s Pinot Noir picks up two awards Martinborough’s reputation as the “Pinot Capital of the New World” was bolstered when Tirohana Estate’s 2006 Pinot Noir picked up trophies in two categories at the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards in Auckland at the weekend. The accolades come just weeks after Disney World manager of wine sales John Blazon, speaking about Martinborough’s wines said, “we’ll take all we can get”. The Martinborough vintage was awarded the Mike Wolter Memorial Trophy as well as receiving a K1 Gold Medal for Pinot Noir. “Martinborough is not only competing with the very best in the world but is evolving into an iconic destination for wine tourism, attracting international visitors as well as travellers within domestic New Zealand.
We feel sure that the Bragato awards will build and consolidate Tirohana’s position in the industry as well as punctuate that Martinborough is producing some very special and unique wines,” Saranne James, Operations Manager at Tirohana Estate said. “The entire Tirohana team is very grateful and proud to have received the award and trophies, which are an honour and highlights not only Tirohana’s niche market position with both consumers and those within the discerning wine industry … but also pays tribute to Wairarapa in general, and Martrinborough in particular, which is becoming known both domestically and internationally as the Pinot Capital of the New World,” she said. A Chardonnay, from Hawke’s Bay’s Doc’s Block, was awarded the top honour of Champion Wine in Show.