Gold Stars for Kim Crawford and Alpha Zeta at NOffLA annual awards


We are delighted to announce that two of our wines received Gold Stars at yesterday's NOffLA Irish Wine Show Star Awards 2019-2020.

The Kim Crawford Pinot Gris 2017 (Marlborough, New Zealand) was selected as the New World White Under €20, with the judges commenting: "This is cool fermented to help retain the maximum of complex aromas and textures...Ripe guava and melon aromas, full-flavoured and lithe on the palate. Well made and great value!"

The Alpha Zeta 'C' Chardonnay 2018 (Veneto, Italy) was named the Old World White Under €15 and described by the judges as "made by a New Zealand winemaker focused on flavour and ripeness...Concentrated Chardonnay with tropical fruits and fine-boned mineral freshness. A wine of real distinction!"

Alpha Zeta also collected a Silver Star, as did Piper-Heidsieck, while Montes picked up Silver and Bronze Stars, as below:

Alpha Zeta 'Terrapieno' Pinot Grigio 2018 (Veneto, Italy)
Silver Star - Under €20 Old World White
"From the famed single estate vineyard east of Verona. This zesty, satisfying wine will please the most discerning of wine drinkers...Floral aromas and lively pear fruits!"

Piper-Heidsieck Cuvée Brut NV (Champagne, France)
Silver Star - Under €60 Champagne
"Founded in 1785, consistently reliable for a mere 234 years!..Baked bread aromas, textured red apple freshness. Truly elegant!"

Montes Classic Series Chardonnay 2018 (Valle Central, Chile)
Silver Star - Under €15 New World White
"Papaya and grapefruit, dry and fresh. A great value Chardonnay!"

Montes Limited Selection Pinot Noir 2017 (Casablanca, Chile)
Bronze Star - Under €20 New World Red
"From Cool Climate Casablanca packed with charm and elegance...Raspberries, cherries and a hint of spice!"

Now in its 19th year, the annual National Off Licence Association (NOffLA) Awards saw over 600 entries this year. from which the panel of NOffLA judges and independent wine journalists selected their 15 Gold Star Award category winners.

This year's winning wines will be available across Ireland via NOffLA member outlets and will be clearly recognisable by distinctive Award symbol stickers on each bottle. For more information on the Kim Crawford Pinot Gris, Alpha Zeta 'C' Chardonnay or the rest of our extensive portfolio, please get in touch.

NOffLA was established in 1991 and represents independent specialist off-licences across Ireland. For more details, please visit the NOffLA website.