[21 October/New Zealand Herald]

Kaoru Mizuguchi, Hyota Sato, Chris Borain and Yuji Masuo won best student wine on Tuesday night at the Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards. All four were all studying at Eastern Institute of Technology when they made their 4 Little Pigs Merlot 2016. Viticulture student Mr Sato said the merlot he made with the three other students tasted soft and lovely with a hint of chocolate, liquorice and mocha. Originally from Japan, Mr Sato finishes his studies at the end of the year and hopes to make his own wines in the future. He may return home to Japan after graduating but hopes to stay in New Zealand. The other three students have all graduated from EIT – Mr Borain and Mr Masuo are working at wineries in Hawke’s Bay, and Ms Mizuguchi is travelling New Zealand before moving back to Japan.