The New Zealand Winemaker of the Year was announced earlier this week as being Hawke’s Bay winemaker, Chris Scott. Scott took out the esteemed prize given by Winestate magazine. He boasts a passion for chardonnay and red-blend winemaking, and with the support of a distinguished team behind him, he has been crafting award-winning Church Road wines for 13 years.
Mr Scott gives credit to the whole team stating: ‘Our vineyard team have an outstanding knowledge of the region and the individual vineyards, and deliver outstanding fruit year after year. Our cellar team has a dedication to wine quality that far exceeds what anyone could hope for. I know everyone at Church Road is extremely proud of the wines we make and this win reflects the passion and commitment of the entire team.’
Michael Cooper, the Winestate editor for New Zealand says, ‘Church Road Winery has for decades produced some of Hawke’s Bay’s, and New Zealand’s, greatest value wines. It also shines at the top end of the market, crafting some exceptional chardonnays, pinots gris, sauvignon blancs, syrahs and cabernet–merlot blends.’
The Winestate New Zealand Winemaker of the Year award is awarded to the winemaker who receives the top score from their best 10 different wines, which are judged throughout the year.—Anna Deans