Young Marlborough winemaker Jordan Hogg judged best
Working with a variety of challenges in the wine industry keeps a Marlborough organic winemaker motivated to achieve the best results.
Jordan Hogg was named the Tonnellerie de Mercurey Young Winemaker of the Year at the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards in Blenheim.
The Seresin Estate assistant winemaker has been involved in the industry for the past six years after completing a bio-chemistry degree at Canterbury University.
"I took my first job after graduating at Wither Hills and decided I really wanted to get involved in winemaking," the 30-year-old former Marlborough Boy' College student said.
Hogg followed up the initial year at Wither Hills with a post graduate viticulture and oenology diploma at Lincoln University.
He spent the next 18 months learning the fundamentals of winemaking at various wineries in Waipara, North Canterbury before returning to Marlborough to work at Seresin Estate, an organic and bio-dynamic vineyard where the grapes are hand-picked.
"I've been an assistant winemaker at Seresin for the past two years after being first employed as a cellar hand," he said.
"I really like the variety of challenges the job involved.
"You can be hands-on making wine one day, and the next day dealing with clients needs.
"To use a well-used phrase 'winemaking is where art and science come together'."
Hogg also enjoyed seeing his hard work come to fruition after 12 months.
"Being able to see the tangible result of your work at the end of the year is satisfying."
Competing in the annual Tonnellerie de Mercurey competition was "full on", he said.
Hogg won the Marlborough regional section in July to qualify for the national competition.
"All the sections in the competition were challenging but more so when we were required to complete each task under pressure."
Organic and bio-dynamically grown wine was attracting increasing interest from the industry, he said.
"There are a lot of opportunities to learn more about organically grown wine and I definitely want to continue down that avenue."
Two Marlborough vineyards were among the winners at the Romeo Bragato Wine Awards announced at a celebratory dinner in Blenheim.
Villa Maria winemaker Chris Fletcher picked up the award for champion sweet wine with Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Noble Riesling Botrytis Selection 2015 grown at the Rocenvin Vineyard.
Tohu Awatere winemaker Mondo Kopua received the New Zealand Wine Cellars Spence Brothers Trophy for the champion sauvignon blanc with Tohu Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016.
The Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2014 won the Bragato Champion Wine of the Show Trophy for champion single vineyard, and also the Bill Irwin Trophy for champion chardonnay.
- The Marlborough Express