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New Zealand and England Tie in ‘Battle of the Bubbles’

A New Zealand v England sports match is always a stirring occasion but it is not just on the cricket pitch the two nations compete this week. In a tasty twist on the 'battle of the hemispheres' New Zealand sparkling wine and English sparkling wine went head-to-head before the Cricket World Cup game last night in a cricket-themed blind tasting.

After some rigorous judging lead by Oz Clarke and Jane Skilton MW, the ‘dream team’ of top 12 wines turned out to be a perfect split from England and New Zealand with each nation claiming six places each. English wine, Wyfold Brut 2010, was crowned “player of the match”.

England-New Zealand clashes are some of the most exciting out there and Thursday's tasting did not disappoint said Philip Gregan, CEO, New Zealand Winegrowers. "As well as offering a unique wine event with a cricket theme for international media, the results from the tasting shows New Zealand and England both produce world-class sparkling wine. The tie was a fitting result, but we hope the results will be a bit different in the Cricket World Cup game between the two nations today!”

The event was a joint initiative between New Zealand Winegrowers, Tourism New Zealand and New Zealand Trade & Enterprise.


For further information contact:
Philip Gregan
New Zealand Winegrowers
021 964 564

Editor’s notes:

The final team of winning wines (including “12th man”) in alphabetical order is:

Akarua Rosé Brut Central Otago NV – New Zealand
Ambriel English Reserve Demi Sec NV – England
Coates & Seely Blanc de Blancs NV – England
Hambledon Classic Cuvée NV – England
Henners Brut Reserve 2010 – England
Huia Brut Marlborough 2009 – New Zealand
Nautilus Cuvée Brut Marlborough NV – New Zealand
No. 1 Family Estate No. 1 Cuvée Blanc de Blancs Marlborough NV – New Zealand
Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2007 – England
Osawa Prestige Collection Méthode Traditionnelle Hawke's Bay NV – New Zealand
Tohu Rewa Blanc de Blancs Marlborough 2011 – New Zealand
Wyfold Brut 2010 – England – “Player of the match”

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