Richmond Plains wins Trophy for Best Sauvignon Blanc

The winning Richmond Plains wine being displayed by wine maker

Richmond Plains has won the Trophy for the best Sauvignon Blanc at the 2012 Sydney International Wine Competition.

Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc 2011 from Nelson was awarded the Trophy ahead of other top gold medal winning wines from around the world. This is also the first New Zealand organic and biodynamic wine to be awarded this major honour at this show.

“We were very excited to be awarded a Gold Medal and to be selected as one of the top 100 entrants to this show (which is limited to 2000 entries from around the world) as well as being awarded a Blue Gold for excellence in food and wine matching. Wining the Trophy is certainly the icing on the cake” said owner Lars Jensen.

The Sydney Show differs from many as it not only awards the best tasting wines, they are also judged to find out which wines best match food. The Blue Gold is awarded for food matching. The Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc was paired with Celebrity Chef Michael Manner’s goats curd tartlet with asparagus and herbs.

This is the second International Trophy in a row for consecutive Sauvignon Blanc vintages awarded to Richmond Plains. Its 2010 Sauvignon Blanc was awarded the Trophy for Best of Show Organic & Biodynamic wine at the Hong Kong International Wine Challenge in 2011.

“We are thrilled to win this trophy for our wine and it is wonderful recognition for all the hard work the team puts into making our wine” said winemaker Steve Gill. “We strive hard to work With Nature in our organic and biodynamic vineyards to produce balanced wines that not only taste great but are good for you and the environment”

2012 Sydney International Wine Competition award logos

Established in 1991 and exclusively organic since inception, this small family vineyard in Nelson is an organic and biodynamic specialist – the first New Zealand winery to achieve both certifications. Richmond Plains produced New Zealand’s first ever Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Blanc de Noir from certified organic and biodynamic grapes.

This award winning Sauvignon Blanc has a recommended retail price of NZ$19.99 and is sold mainly via specialty wine shops and the Richmond Plains cellar door.

For more information, photos, please contact Lars Jensen:

+64 3 544 7585 or +64 274 486 666 or

About Richmond Plains

Richmond Plains has a passionate and committed team driven by the strong belief in truly working with nature. By using organic methods to grow and nurture their vines, without the use of synthetic chemicals, Richmond Plains can naturally express the vineyard’s character in their wines, preserving the natural environment for future generations and providing a healthy choice for consumers.

Richmond Plains an 8ha family-owned vineyard near Nelson, has been certified organic since 1992 and in 2008 became the first New Zealand vineyard to carry both organic and biodynamic certification. The vineyard was also the first to produce certified organic versions of New Zealand’s signature varieties – Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

Eco-friendly in all that it does, Richmond Plains employs the best environmental practices in the vineyard, organically and biodynamically harnessing all that nature has to offer. Richmond Plains has taken the initiative to follow Demeter international winemaking standards in the winery making New Zealand’s first Demeter certified wine, their Richmond Plains Pinot Noir 2010, demonstrating the depth of their commitment to marketing environmentally friendly wines.

The vineyard owned by environmental idealists Lars and Sam Jensen is a carbon sink, i.e. more carbons are being put back into the earth through compost and mulching, etc. than is being used in the production of its wines.

No synthetic chemicals are used in the making of Richmond Plains wines, so there are no residues that can find their way into the wine where it can be harmful to humans or into the environment where it can upset the natural balance.

The Monarch 2011 Rose was released in New Zealand’s lightest glass wine bottle. At just 325 grams the bottle weighs just over 1kg full – lighter than some bottles empty!

Richmond Plains is an eco-friendly adventure that can be shared by wine lovers who cherish their health and want to contribute to caring for our planet.

Richmond Plains includes nine wines in the range: Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Riesling 2011, Pinot Gris 2011, Chardonnay 2009, Blanc de Noir 2010, Rose Pinot Noir 2011, Pinot Noir 2010, Admiral – Merlot Malbec Cabernet Franc 2010 and Syrah 2010.

Lars Jensen

Richmond Plains

108 McShane Road, Nelson, New Zealand

Tel/Fax: +64 03 544 7585, M: 0274 486 666, Skype larsjensen66

Producer of New Zealand’s first Sauvignon Blanc & Pinot Noir from certified Organic & Biodynamic grapes