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Waimea farewells Trudy and welcomes another award-winning winemaker to the fold:

Posted on 1 November 2016

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!

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Waimea Nelson Pinot Noir Takes the Gold!

Posted on 30 August 2016

Waimea Estates is delighted that once again its wines have hit the headlines. The results of the 2016 Bragato Wine Awards were announced over the weekend with Waimea Pinot Noir 2015 winning Pure Gold. Only the finest wines conforming to sustainability accreditation can be awarded ‘Pure Gold'. Waimea also collected Pure Silver and Bronze Medals for their Waimea Classic Riesling 2015, Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Waimea Classic Riesling 2014, Waimea Pinot Gris 2015, Spinyback Pinot Gris 2015, Spinyback Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and Spinyback Pinot Noir 2014.

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Nelson Chardonnay to tour the world in Business Class ... and other happenings

Posted on 17 August 2016

Waimea Chardonnay 2014 will soon be served in American Airlines Business Class cabins. The wine will be served on the new daily route direct to Auckland from Los Angeles. American Airlines customers will be able to enjoy a glass of Waimea Chardonnay from October on the new 787-8 Dreamliner.

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Waimea’s Grüner Takes Out The Chairman's Trophy!

Posted on 17 December 2015

The initial results of the 2016 Sydney International Wine Competition were announced recently and Waimea Estates was delighted that three of their winestyles caught the eye of the judges. This wine show is a little different in that the wines are judged twice – once in a formal setting and the second time judged with a dish created by the competition’s in-house chef so as to gauge the wine’s food-matching ability. Waimea Grüner Veltliner 2015 and Waimea Sauvignon Gris 2015 were both awarded Blue Gold Medals – placing them in the top 15% of the wine show’s 2000 entries. Waimea Gewurztraminer 2014 went one step further to be awarded a Blue Gold Medal plus a placing in the TOP 100 wines overall which places it in the top 5% of the show.

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A Right Royal Week of it!

Posted on 20 November 2015

Meeting members of the English royal family capped off an exciting week of news and awards for the Bolitho family just recently!

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Reinforcing the Aromatics Strength of the Nelson region!

Posted on 11 November 2014

WAIMEA’S BLUE GOLDS FOR SAUVIGNON BLANC AND GRUNER VELTLINER ONCE AGAIN REINFORCE THE AROMATICS STRENGTH OF THE NELSON REGION!

 

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Waimea Sauvignon Blanc Wins Second Gold – just days after its release

Posted on 17 September 2014

Nelson winery Waimea Estates has won Gold medals for their Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2014 and Waimea Classic Riesling 2013 in their respective classes at the 2014 New Zealand International Wine Show.

Ben Bolitho, General Manager and Viticulturist at Waimea Estates is thrilled the company has been recognised with two Golds at New Zealand’s largest wine awards. “Our vineyards consistently produce small crops of excellent Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling with many past vintages recognised with gold medals and trophies. Our 2014 Sauvignon Blanc has already won a Gold Medal in the Bragato Wine Awards – celebrating vineyard excellence just two weeks ago, and is one of the best yet. It was also awarded Five Stars by Sam Kim’s Wine Orbit so that makes it a 100% entry hit rate so far!”, he says with a wink. “The Waimea Classic Riesling has always had a beautiful purity of fruit and aromatic lift from a great vineyard, in a great season,” says Ben. 

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Waimea Sauvignon Blanc ranks as one of the best examples in the country - again!

Posted on 16 September 2014

Waimea Estates is delighted that once again its wines have hit the headlines. The results of the 2014 Bragato Wine Awards were announced last night with Waimea Sauvignon Blanc 2014 and Spinyback Riesling 2013 both taking Pure Gold Medals. Only those wines conforming to sustainability accreditation can be awarded ‘Pure Gold'. Spinyback Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Spinyback Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Spinyback Pinot Noir 2013, Waimea Trev’s Red 2013, Waimea Pinot Gris 2014 and Waimea Gewurztraminer 2013 were all awarded medals as well.

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