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te Pa Chardonnay wins Champion White Wine of the Show at New World Wine Awards!

  • by Mikela Dennison

We are absolutely overjoyed to announce some stunning new results at the New World Wine Awards for 2021.

Not only has our Montford Estate 2020 Chardonnay taken out a Gold Medal, 95 points, and a spot in the New World Top 50... 

But the stunning te Pa 2020 Chardonnay, has also won a place in the Top 50, as well as a Gold Medal, 96 points, Champion Chardonnay AND the Champion White Wine of the Show! 

"To say we are proud and humbled is an understatement. This is the third year in a row the te Pa Chardonnay has been awarded a Gold Medal and Top 50 spot in the competition, but the first time we've won a trophy in the awards. Champion wines are tasted 36 times during the judging process, so we know that the quality of this oak-aged Chardonnay has absolutely shone through."

Here's what the New World judges had to say about our te Pa Chardonnay:

"Head Winemaker, Sam Bennett uses his extensive overseas winemaking experience, including in Burgundy, the spiritual home of Chardonnay, to craft a stylish yet rich and flavoursome offering in this magnificent 2020 rendition. Beautifully layered with refined texture, the wine displays ripe stone fruit, lemon pith, nougat and roasted hazelnut characters with a whiff of flinty complexity. Voted Champion White Wine of the Show – it’s supremely classy, yet affordable."

This year also marks the first time the Montford Estate Chardonnay has been entered in the Awards, so the team says to have it win Gold, 95 points, and its Top 50 placement is just incredible.

Here are the New World judges comments on the Montford Estate 2020 Chardonnay:

"Part of the te Pā whānau, Montford Estate wines are designed to be approachable and easy to enjoy, and this is just that. Whether you’re watching an All Blacks test on a cold winter’s night, or enjoying a beach picnic at the height of summer, this friendly Chardonnay with juicy nectarine and citrus flavours and its gentle oak infusion will be the perfect addition to any get-together."

Montford Estate is a newer range of wines te Pa has released, so for the Chardonnay to have won such acclaim this early in the journey, is something the team is very proud of. You can check out the new Montford Estate website here

These two award-winning wines are now stocked in over 140 New World stores across the country and online. The Champion te Pa Chardonnay is listed here and the gold medal Montford Estate Chardonnay is available here. You can shop our te Pa Reserve Collection Chardonnay on our online store here.

Many thanks to all of our incredible team members who work so hard to grow, care for, and craft these award-winning wines, and to our distribution partners who work tirelessly to get these wines stocked on shelves around the world and here at home in Aotearoa-New Zealand, and to our wonderful customers for supporting us by buying these acclaimed wines. 


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