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Gold in San Fran
Hunter’s Wines have won two Gold medals at the 2017 San
Francisco International Wine Competition.
The 2016 Hunter’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc won
Gold and 93 points, while the 2014 Hunter’s Marlborough
Pinot Noir picked up Gold and 90 points at the
prestigous wine show.
Hunter’s Chief Winemaker, James Macdonald, says
the awards will help enlighten American wine drinkers
about the quality of New Zealand wine and Hunter’s wine
“It’s a bit of a breakthrough for our wines, especially
our Pinot Noir to be recognised in America, which is
something of an emerging market for us,” he says.
“For a long time, our bone-dry Sauvignon Blanc and
elegant Pinot Noir was not always appreciated. These
medals show that palates are evolving and that the
future is bright for Hunter’s in the USA.”
Hunter’s Managing Director, Jane Hunter CNZM OBE, says the
awards reinforce the quality of their wine.
“By and large New Zealand Pinot Noir is not well known in
America, and recognition at this level shows consumers that it is
definitely worth trying,” she says.
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The 2017 Tonnellerie de Mercurey NZ Young Winemaker of the Year
competition is underway, with a new structure set to bring the North vs
South rivalry back into play.
Now in its third year, the competition is about finding the best
winemaking talent in New Zealand, as well as providing education and
support for those in the industry under 30.
The winner of the competition will walk away with a travel allowance,
training grant, full registration to the Romeo Bragato conference,
a profile in Cuisine Magazine, wine allowance, plus a trip to the
Tonnellerie de Mercurey, France.
The 2016 National Winner, Jordon Hogg, now Winemaker for Seresin
Wines, says the competition is one of the things to happen to his career.
“The Young Winemaker Competition has given me amazing exposure
and has been a major factor in my career progression - since the
competition I have been promoted to Operations Winemaker at Seresin
Estate,” he says. “The sense of achievement and confidence boost it has
given me is huge. I believe this competition is crucial to the development
of future generations of winemaking talent coming through.”
For more information on the competition, plus key dates,
New chair of judges for
Air NZ Wine Awards
Trinity Hill Chief Winemaker, Warren Gibson, has been named the
new Chair of Judges for the 2017 Air NZ Wine Awards.
Gibson, who is also proprietor of Bilancia in the Hawke’s Bay,
takes the helm from Kumeu River’s Michael Brajkovich, who served
as Chair of Judges from 2011 to 2016.
Gibson has been a regular on the judging scene at New
Zealand’s major wine competitions, as well as at a range of wine
shows in Australia.
“My motivation is to provide an excellent environment over the
judging period followed by excellent results,” he says. “I am confident
that from the amazing people that are stewarding, organising and
generally doing the hard graft behind the scenes through to the
judges actually awarding the medals we will achieve this.”
Although wine shows tend to polarise opinion in the wine industry,
Gibson believes they provide opportunities for wineries to benchmark
their wines, market their successes of medals and trophies, and
celebrate the industry and regions. “The Air New Zealand Wine Awards
also gives us the ability to invite world-class wine commentators to
judge in the show and, more importantly, to spend time in our regions
and leave as future ambassadors for New Zealand wine,” he says.
The Air New Zealand Wine Awards is owned and organised
by New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organisation for the
country’s 1,600 grape growers and winemakers. Entries for the
2017 competition open to New Zealand wineries on 7 August. For
more information, visit www.airnzwineawards.co .nz
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