HAWKE’S BAY WINE WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Church Road and Villa Maria Group both had a successful night at the 2018 Hawkes Bay Wine Awards, picking up six and nine trophies respectively with the Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2017 taking out the prestigious “Champion Wine of Show”.

Sally Jackson, general manager of the Hawke’s Bay A & P Society, who own and event manage the Bayleys Hawke’s Bay Wine Awards, said they were very proud of the awards success to date.

“This is New Zealand’s longest running regional competition and is vital to the overall objectives of the Hawke’s Bay A&P Society. By being able to facilitate the celebration of winemaking excellence in Hawke’s Bay we are also able to endorse the valued contribution of viticulture and the primary sector to the economic, cultural and social wellbeing of Hawke’s Bay which is really what the A&P Society is all about”.

New for this year was the Hawke’s Bay Winegrowers “Hall of Fame”, introduced to celebrate those who have demonstrated exemplary commitment, innovation and dedication to growing the Hawke’s Bay wine industry. The inaugural 2018 winner was John Buck, owner and founder of Te Mata Estate whose announcement was met with a standing ovation from the floor.

Rod Easthope, winemaker and owner of Easthope Family Winegrowers, in his second year as Chairman of Judges said that having judged many wine shows in New Zealand and abroad, it is fair to say that the Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayley’s Wine Awards are the most exciting to be involved in.

“The sheer diversity of wines from our vast region of differing soils and microclimates make for two full days of fascinating evaluation.”

Hawke’s Bay A & P Bayleys Wine Awards Champion Wine of the Show
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2017

Hawke’s Bay A & P Bayleys Wine Awards Reserve Champion Wine of the Show
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Syrah 2016

Jenny Nillson House of Travel Hawke’s Bay Cellar Door
Trinity Hill

Logan Stone – Champion Merlot
Church Road McDonald Series Merlot 2015

No9 – Champion Re Blends Cabernet Sauvignon Dominant
Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels “The Gimblett” 2016

Bay Mazda Hawke’s Bay – Champion Red Blends Merlot Dominant
Te Awa Single Estate Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Fluidex Transport Ltd – Champion Syrah
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Syrah 2016

Moore Stephens Markham’s – Champion Pinot Noir
Best in Class: Sileni Estates Estate Selection Plateau Pinot Noir 2017

Great Things Grow Here – Champion Other Premium Red Varietals and Blends
Church Road 1 Malbec 2016

ATI Engineering Ltd – Champion Chardonnay
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay 2017

Hawke’s Bay Wine Company – Champion Sauvignon Blanc and / or Semillon
Best in Class: Church Road Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Somerset Smith Partners – Champion Pinot Gris
Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2018

Kauri NZ Ltd – Champion Premium White Varietals
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Braided Gravels Albariño 2017

Hurford Parker Insurance Brokers Ltd – Champion Sweet Wines
Leveret Reserve Hawke’s Bay Late Harvest Viognier 2016

Langley Twigg – Champion Outstanding Wine of the Provenance Class
Sacred Hill Special Selection Riflemans Chardonnay 2016 / 2009/ 2006

Connec+ – Champion Rosé
Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Rosé 2018

Wineworks HB – Champion Sparkling Wine
Church Road Blanc de Noir 2014

NZ Frost Fans – Champion Export Wine of the Show
Church Road McDonald Series Merlot 2015

Vintech Pacific Wine Technologies – Champion Commercial White or Rosé Wine
Esk Valley Hawkes Bay Rosé 2018

O-I New Zealand – Champion Commercial Red Wine
Church Road McDonald Series Merlot 2015

EIT – Best Student Wine
Sanne Witteveen Methode Rosé