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Blind River awarded five trophies including International Sauvignon Blanc at the 2016 International Wine Challenge

Blind River awarded five trophies including International Sauvignon Blanc at the 2016 International Wine Challenge


Members of the Blind River team woke to the news of trophies this morning, following announcements from the International Wine Challenge in London overnight.

Acknowledged as one of the world’s most influential wine shows, the 2015 Blind River Sauvignon Blanc was awarded the following:

  • Awatere Trophy
  • Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Trophy
  • New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Trophy
  • New Zealand White Trophy
  • International Sauvignon Blanc Trophy


Winemaker Rebecca Wiffen was ecstatic, “This is a fantastic result – we’ve always been excited about the fruit from the Blind River vineyard and we reckoned the 2015 was our best Sauvignon Blanc ever.”

General Manager, Belinda Jackson said, “We’re thrilled. The vineyard is a real labour of love and the wines just shine as a result. This is wonderful recognition for the team and really exciting for our loyal customers.”

This is the second time in three years that a brand owned by Lawson’s Dry Hills has been awarded the International Sauvignon Blanc trophy, following Lawson’s Dry Hills win with their Reserve Sauvignon Blanc at the 2013 event.

The small Blind River vineyard is in Marlborough’s Awatere Valley in the northeast of New Zealand’s South Island. It occupies a sheltered spot at the foot of gentle, rolling hills overlooking the picturesque valley floor. Mount Tapuaenuku lies to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east.

Planted with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, the soils are deep, stony clay with seams of free-draining, clay-mixed gravels on river terraces. The vineyard is split into blocks with each treated separately and the corresponding wines fermented and individually handmade ready for blending to achieve the ultimate in style and quality.

The company is the only New Zealand-owned producer to win an IWC international trophy at this year’s event.

For further information, please contact General Manager, Belinda Jackson belinda@blindriver.co.nz, (64 27) 444 8 666.