Crown Range Cellar Moon Rock Pinot Gris Eclipses All-Commers

Crown Range Cellar Moon Rock Pinot Gris Eclipses All-Commers

February 01, 2024

New Zealand wine producer, Crown Range Cellar, has beaten off stiff competition from some of the world’s best wine producers to land the Trophy for Best Semi-Aromatic White Wine at the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) 2019 in London.

Founded in 1969, the IWSC is an annual event which attracts entries from more than 90 countries and is one of the most respected and influential competitions for the industry.

Crown Range Cellar’s 2018 Waitaki Valley Moon Rock Pinot Gris won the Gold Medal after being awarded 95 POINTS and then went on to secure the IWSC Trophy for Best Semi Aromatic White Wine in the 2019 event.




The judges tasting notes described: “A lovely green lemon colour seduces the drinker into smelling the delicious pure fruit and creamy nose, suggesting some barrel ferment. The palate is beautiful, long and succulent, with real texture and notes of peaches and cream. The finish is floral and honeyed. Beautiful.”

Commenting on the award, Crown Range Cellar Managing Director, Jing Song said, “the trophy is affirmation that the company is prospecting in the right places and working with the some of the best people in the industry. This is the second vintage for our Moon Rock Pinot Gris out of Waitaki Valley and the latest Trophy follows a GOLD MEDAL that the 2016 vintage received at the IWSC competition in 2018. It’s certainly not the easiest place to grow grapes, but it’s proving to be one of the best if you’re prepared to persevere.”

Ms Song said, “this is the first time the award has been offered by the IWSC for a Semi-Aromatic wine so it is even more pleasing that New Zealand’s name will forever be top of the list for this Trophy”.

Crown Range Cellar has continued to achieve exceptional international recognition for its wines since being awarded the Trophy for Best Pinot Noir at the IWSC in 2015 and double Trophies for its Pinot Noir at the London Wine Challenge (IWC) in 2017.

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