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11/07/2016

Marlborough Tonnellerie de Mercurey Young Winemaker 2016 Announced

Jordan Hogg from Seresin has been announced as the Marlborough Young Winemaker for 2016. The competition took place on 8 July at MRC in Blenheim where six contestants spent the day battling it out across various activities. Hogg scored very strongly across the board showing a great degree of knowledge and professionalism.

Matt Fox from Hyland Viticulture placed second while Shelley Young from Delegat came third in the competition. 

The day consisted of a wide range of practical and theoretical questions which included detecting wine faults, cellar competency, wine knowledge and running laboratory tests. 

The contestants also had to create their own blend of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to a certain specification and then present it to a panel of judges as if they were pitching to a US supermarket buying team. 

The competition represented a typical day in the life of a winemaker covering many skills.

The Vin Olympics took place at lunchtime which was more light-hearted and very amusing for the crowd of spectators. Activities included barrel rolling, hula hooping and spitting skills. 

The day concluded with dinner at the Marlborough Convention Centre where contestants had a wine options section as well as all having to deliver a three minute speech in front of the one hundred plus audience.

This blend of enthusiasm and talent is helping to build a team of strong winemaking leaders for the future of the NZ wine industry. The competition is in its second year and is open to young winemakers under the age of 30 who have completed at least 2 vintages in New Zealand. 

Both Hogg and Fox will go through to the National Final on 23–25 August to compete against the two winners from Hawke’s Bay. Matt Fox has previously won the National Final in the 2013 Young Viticulturist of the Year competition so is determined to take out both titles. 

However, the other finalists – Hogg, Roper and Hindmarsh — are very strong and skilled so it is set to be an exciting competition.  

 

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