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Central Otago wine claims top national award

Central Otago's Bannockburn area can also lay claim to the top Young Viticulturist of the Year.

The event was held in Wellington on Saturday evening, and more than 450 people attended.

Family-owned Maude Wines, near Wanaka, won the New Zealand Wine of the Year Champion trophy for its Maude Pinot Noir Central Otago 2017. It also scooped the Fruitfed Supplies Champion Pinot Noir trophy and the Best Wine - Central Otago regional trophy.

Bannockburn-based Carrick Winery was the other Central Otago winner, gaining the Best Organic Red Wine trophy for its Carrick Bannockburn Pinot Noir Central Otago 2015, as well as the Best Organic White Wine trophy for its Carrick Bannockburn Riesling Central Otago 2017.

Other awards included Young Viticulturist of the Year, won by Annabel Bulk, an assistant viticulturist at Felton Road winery in Bannockburn.

Chairman of judges Warren Gibson said the Maude Pinot Noir 2017 was a "very classy'' example of pinot noir in this year's competition.

TMP girls claim second; Area teams grab trophies

LAWRENCE — From qualifying by a point to taking home a team trophy, the Thomas More Prep-Marian girls’ cross country team has had a whirlwind week.

The Monarchs, after just edging Norton to finish third in last week’s regional, bettered that performance Saturday in the Class 3A state finale at Rim Rock. Paced by a 17th-place showing for Grace Pope, the Monarchs secured a second-place trophy Saturday, scoring 89 points.

TMP finished 30 points back of team champion Scott City.

The Monarchs’ Julia Werth was the next best finisher for TMP, coming in 23rd in her final Monarch cross country race. Pope ran the course in 21 minutes, while Werth came in at 21 minutes, 13.60 seconds. The next three runners packed close together. Adell Riedel was 37th (22:09.20), Emily Schippers 41st (22:11.50) and Abby Rueschhoff 46th (22:18.50). Rounding out the Monarchs’ day were Kyleigh Allen and Kiara Urban in 68th and 69th, respectively.

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