True South Dining Room is one of only seven top tier New Zealand restaurants, to be awarded the prestigious 2015 Award of Excellence by US wine and hospitality magazine, Wine Spectator. True South first received the award in 2012 and has received it in each succeeding year.
The internationally acclaimed Wine Spectator’s annual Excellence Awards recognise a wine list of 100 or more quality wine selections that thematically match a restaurant’s cuisine.
True South Dining Room has an exclusive library of Bordeaux and Burgundy wines with vintages selected from many of the great houses. Wines from world-renown chateaux such as Romanee Conti, Chateau d’Yquem, Latour, Margaux, Mouton Rothschild, Gruaud Larose, Malescot St Exupery and Lynch Bages nestle with some of the great wines of Central Otago, New Zealand, Australia and Italy in the professionally-managed, temperature-controlled wine cellar servicing the hotel and restaurant’s Bordeaux Wine Lounge.
Mark Rose, The Rees Hotel Queenstown General Manager says it’s the restaurant’s ability to match exquisite wine with fresh local dishes in addition to an entire wine programme – which includes tastings, wine pairing and the True South Culinary Series – that sets the restaurant apart for this award. A great supporter of local vineyards, True South hosts the Culinary Series in conjunction with prestigious New Zealand wineries throughout the year such as recent successful dinners pairing five courses with 15 consecutive vintages of Te Mata’s Coleraine.
Mark Rose says the Award is recognition of the effort they have put into building a world-class cellar while confirming their place as one of New Zealand’s elite dining experiences. “Wine Spectator is known as an industry bible so to have this tribute from such a widely-read and esteemed reviewer is huge kudos.”
It’s not the first time the Queenstown restaurant has received accolades for its fine dining and wine list. The restaurant was named as a Premier Award winner in the inaugural Taste of New Zealand Awards (TONZA) programme in 2011, a Wine Spectator award winner each year since 2012, and Head Chef Ben Batterbury was selected as an Ambassador Chef in the 2012, 13 & 14 in the NZ Beef & Lamb Excellence Awards, winner of Best Ora King Salmon Dish in New Zealand 2014 and Highly Commended Award for Best Hotel Chef in the Australia/ New Zealand /Pacific 2014 HM Awards, hosted annually by Australia’s HM Magazine.
All Wine Spectator award winners are featured in Wine Spectator’s August 31st issue which hits newsstands on July 21st.