Syrah from Kennedy Point, Waiheke, New Zealand Awarded Trophy as Best in the World

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New Zealand waiheke Island Kennedy Point Vineyard's 2007 Syrah was recently awarded the International Syrah Trophy at September's prestigious London 2009 International Wine Challenge.

We have made the most of the terroir, with vines set to capture Waiheke's high sunshine hours and warm maritime climate to trap the intensity of flavour. Our vineyard is hand-worked and the grapes hand- harvested to capture intense naturally sun-ripened flavours.

New Zealand waiheke Island Kennedy Point Vineyard's 2007 Syrah was recently awarded the International Syrah Trophy at September's prestigious London 2009 International Wine Challenge.

From a small vineyard on a small island off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand, Kennedy Point's 2007 Syrah has punched above it's weight to put Waiheke Island red wine on the world stage. The International Wine Challenge had over 9500 entries from 41 countires. Kennedy Point's 2007 Syrah had earlier scored an outstanding 92 in judgement at Chicago's Beverage Testing Institute. This recent trophy adds to the growing reputation Waiheke's boutique wine producers are earning for the island as a source of fine quality wines and a gourmand's travel destination.

Kennedy Point Vineyard on Waiheke Island has been developed with passion by owners Neal Kunimura and Susan McCarthy and it's a passion that has rewarded them well. McCarthy was proud of this outstanding achievement, "The highly respected International Wine Challenge is the world's largest wine competition, with over 9500 wines entering the awards it is considered the most prestigious independent judgment. Winning the IWC trophies and also the Trophy for best International Syrah is the fulfilment of years of hard work perfecting vineyard and wine making processes at Kennedy Point."

Neal Kunimura oversees the viticulture, Kunimura originally from Hawaii, and McCarthy from New York, live permanently on Waiheke, an island off Auckland New Zealand. Kunimura explains "We have made the most of the terroir, with vines set to capture Waiheke's high sunshine hours and warm maritime climate to trap the intensity of flavour. Our vineyard is hand-worked and the grapes hand- harvested to capture intense naturally sun-ripened flavours."

Despite having a low volume by world standards Kennedy Point wines are available internationally, included on several wine lists and in wine retailers. "Whilst we were personally elated with the stature of the wine it was given outstanding recognition as it began to be tasted by leading American wine experts. The 2007 Syrah previously achieved the high score of 92 points at the World Wide Championship 2008 at the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago," says McCarthy.

Kennedy Point's Waiheke Syrah is grown on four coastal site vineyards. From the outset twelve years ago, owner Neal Kunimura has overseen every small innovation at Kennedy Point and says they were always determined to produce fine wines. "It's been a gradual process focussing on how to achieve the very best wines from the terroir, with thorough attention in the vineyard and wine production."

Kennedy Point Waiheke Syrah 2007 also won New Zealand Red Wine Trophy, New Zealand and Auckland Syrah Trophies at the International Wine Challenge.

Kennedy Point vineyard is located on the coastal slopes of Waiheke Island in the stunning gulf of islands, accessible 35 minutes from downtown Auckland. Waiheke is becoming recognised for its award winning vintages and the Kennedy Point win adds to this reputation not just for the boutique vineyard but also for the talented winemakers based there who seek to make wines recognised as some of the world's finest. For travelling gourmands and wine lovers visiting New Zealand, Waiheke Island is an absolute essential for outstanding wine and food.

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