Ben Tombs From Peregrine Wines Announced NZ Young Winemaker Of The Year...

Ben Tombs From Peregrine Wines Announced NZ Young Winemaker Of The Year 2020



Congratulations to Ben Tombs
from Central Otago for becoming the 2020 Tonnellerie de
Mercurey NZ Young Winemaker of the Year. Ben is Assistant
Winemaker at Peregrine Wines in the Gibbston Valley and the
first Young Winemaker from Central Otago to win the

The other national finalists were Ben
McNab from Matahiwi in Wairarapa and Peter Russell from
Matua in Marlborough, who both took out sections of the
competition, showing the very high calibre of contestants
taking part. The judges were hugely impressed with their
knowledge, passion and professionalism throughout the

The competition is tough and really stretches the
finalists. Firstly, they had to prepare a presentation in
advance about what the future wine consumer looks like and
how New Zealand can maintain its competitive edge around the

“It was obvious that all three had done some
thorough research and thought deeply about what makes New
Zealand wines unique and where they thought we should focus
in the future” said the judges. “They were very

They also had to complete a laboratory
module, write an essay on creating a small parcel of
Chardonnay for vintage 2022, complete a CAPEX paper on the
pros and cons of replacing a humidifier in a barrel hall,
have an interview and judge some wines. Finally they gave a
speech at the Awards Dinner about why their wine growing
region is the best to visit this summer.

“We felt
very lucky to hold the competitions this year” says Nicky
Grandorge, Leadership & Communities Manager from NZ
Winegrowers, “as they are important for helping our future
winemakers stretch themselves and start making a name for
themselves, as well as bring the wine community together to
support them and celebrate success.”

The competition
is made possible thanks to all the generous sponsors:
Tonnellerie de Mercurey, Crown Sheet Metal, Farmlands, Guala
Enclosures, Laffort, O-I Glass, Programmed Property
Services, Winejobsonline and New

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