Mission Estate winemakers are raising a glass to the continued success of their 2014 Jewelstone Chardonnay, after winning the trophy for ‘Champion Exhibition White or Sparkling Wine’ at the recent Air New Zealand Wine Awards over the weekend.
The Air New Zealand Wine awards is the premier wine competition in New Zealand recognising excellence in winemaking. In 2015 over 1,500 wines were judged by a team of local and international judges to identify medal and trophy winners for each of the varietal categories.
Mission Estate has a long association with chardonnay, indeed winemaker Paul Mooney crafted New Zealand’s first whole bunch pressed, barrel fermented chardonnay over 30 years ago. The winery has since established a reputation for consistently producing some of New Zealand’s finest examples of this regal white variety.
“We rely heavily on hand harvesting and whole bunch pressing for our barrel fermented chardonnays. We believe these traditional French techniques produce wines that over-deliver in all the key sensory attributes,” Mooney said.
Mission Estate Sales and Marketing Manager Dean Smith, said: “We are finding that many consumers are looking for wines that offer superior texture and personality. This is where high quality chardonnay is hard to beat”.