[21 October/New Zealand Herald]

The Te Awa Single Estate Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 won the Champion Wine of Show on Tuesday night at the Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards. The judges were impressed with its structure and texture, remarking that it was its floral/dried herb and spicy lift that set it apart from the competition. Te Awa winemaker Richard Painter was thrilled with the win and was excited that a red blend won the award. Mr Painter, who grew up in Rotorua, has lived in Hawke’s Bay for ten years. He went into winemaking as it allowed him to apply what he had learnt about soil and climate while studying geography.