Trudy Sheild, Waimea’s delightful long-term winemaker has given us a huge amount of notice and heads off for a well-deserved quieter lifestyle soon. Hamish Kempthorne has just started with us fresh from handling winemaking duties with Giesen Wines and Yealand’s Estate in Marlborough. He is looking forward to enjoying the lifestyle that Nelson has to offer with his young family. Waimea’s General Manager, Ben Bolitho was full of praise for both Trudy and Hamish. “Trudy has put her heart and soul into Waimea wines for 12 ½ years and has really helped put Waimea on the map. We wish her all the best in her new lifestyle and look forward to seeing what the next chapter ahead brings her!” At the same time Ben is very pleased with the appointment of Waimea’s new Head Winemaker. “Alongside his winemaking background and achievements (including recently winning the ‘World’s Best Pinot Noir’ at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London with his 2013 Ridge Block Pinot Noir) Hamish has a background in music, skiing, windsurfing and cycling so we suspect will fit right into the Nelson lifestyle nicely!