taste of success for te awa's merlot cab sav at hawke's bay wine awards - funny wine glasses
Last night, nearly 500 people wore glasses at the 17 Hawke Bay A & P Bayleys Wine Awards, the region's ultimate wine celebration.
Winemakers, sponsors, and industry delegates set up a fine tent in the foreign garden of the Hawke Bay display to eat, drink and drink the best and brightest wines in the area.
Working as a 7-day comedian and rock breakfast radio, the country's oldest regional wine competition laughed a few times
Host Paul Ego opened the cork in the event as MC.
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Hawke Bay winemaker's struggle with California wildfire teava's single estate, Gimblett Gravels Hawke Bay Merlot Cabernet 2015, is named this year's champion wine.
Rod Easthope, chief judge of the Hawke Bay A & P Bayleys Wine Awards, said the top award was "very difficult to judge" and the ruling was purely subjective.
"The great wine has an amazing side-by-side of freshness, balance and strong flavor, which has spades.
"Typical Bordeaux style, Te Awa's Merlot Cab Sav exudes the basic flavor of cassis, BlackBerry and plum, but its floral/dry herbs really make it different is the spicy elevator.
"The McDonald's series Syrah 2015 at Church Road shows the reserve champion wine, which proves that, far from the French origin of the breed, Syrah at Hawke Bay has its own unique imprint.
"The Syrah category is always a real raffle card and I can stress that Hawke Bay is the main character in it.
Syrah on Church Road has balance and strength, but on top of that, it also has clear black pepper, fennel and spices.
"Good wine," said Mr. eastthorpe.
Church Road also won the best tour of the year Hastings and Havelock northern Hawke Bay basement door Award.
As a typical representative of Hawke Bay wine brewing, Clearview Estate won the Best Chardonnay award with its progressive Chardonnay 2015.
The show's star is 2015 wine from Hawke Bay, winning 8 out of 18 categories and proving himself as good as 201314 vintages.
Mr. eastthorpe said that Hawke Bay wine is one of the most unique and diverse wines in the world and is the "biggest success story" in the region ".
"So much is by 13-
14 years of wine, but now with 4 years of wine "hoping" to produce excellent wine, people are starting to see Hawke Bay as an area that produces many different varieties of wine in the world --class pedigree.
"Mr. Easthope is also excited about the development of red varieties this year.
"The emerging red varieties have always been an interesting category to judge, but this is the first time we 've seen temranillo, Marzemino, and Cabernet Sauvignon from Hawke Bay hit their straps.
"People have tried to dip their toes into these varieties in the past wine age, but now they want to have a real place here.