Wednesday, 07 October 2015 07:00

Students take out gold

Written by 
From left the Golden students;  Eleisha, Maddie, Stephen and Tom. From left the Golden students; Eleisha, Maddie, Stephen and Tom.

An EIT foursome have achieved a first as the only students to win gold in New Zealand's Bragato Wine Awards.

Their medal-winning wine, a 2014 Syrah, was made from grapes donated by C J Pask and grown by company viticulturist Danny van Selm. One of 43 Syrahs entered in the awards, it was judged alongside commercial entries and was one of five golds in its class.

Tom Carpenter and classmates Maddie Crozier, Eleisha George and Stephen McGowan harvested the grapes on Good Friday last year after rain.

"Given all the heavy rain, we had to be pretty selective as the fruit had taken a bit of a battering," Stephen recalls. "We had to get it off skins pretty quickly, but we knew the flavours were there."

The students picked enough from the Gimblett Gravels vineyard to fill a four-year-old French oak barrel. Wine science and viticulture lecturer Tim Creagh opened up the winery on campus – "he spent most of his day off with us," says Eleisha.

Six months in and feeling the maturing wine was coming along nicely but in need of a little extra oak, the group added barrel staves.

Tom says there was an ongoing interchange involving the four classmates. The process was so cordial, it inspired the wine's name, Harmony.

"We did it by the book, with blending and fining trials," says Stephen, "setting up bench trials for everything."

Mike Compton says this year was a first for a non-commercial wine to have won gold during his time as awards director, since 1998. 

More like this

Bayer Young Vit of the Year

For the second year running an emerging leader from Central Otago has taken out the national title of Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year.

Future 50 finalist — Stuart Dudley

The wine industry was never Stuart Dudley’s first career choice. The viticulturist for Villa Maria Wines in Marlborough had his mindset on research or forensics, having completed a degree in Genetics and Biochemistry.

Villa Maria makes NZ history

For the first time ever a New Zealand wine brand has been included in the top three Most Admired Wine Brands in the World, taking out the third spot.

Featured

Soil moisture: no more looking over the fence

Farm manager Bryan Mitchell describes as brilliant the SCADAfarm systems that allow him to remotely monitor and manage the irrigation of his 300ha of leased grazing land near Kirwee.

 

Separation gives constant result

Effluent separation offers a number of unique advantages, and opportunities that other systems don’t offer, says farm equipment manufacturer Rakaia Engineering Ltd (REL) Group.

Cultivating the right way

Cultivation of paddocks is common on farms at this time of year. It’s also a time when local storms may occur, adding substantial risk to an important farming practice.

» Latest Print Issues Online

 

Popular Reads

Alcohol&Me reaches thousands

Initially established as an inhouse programme by Lion New Zealand, Alcohol&Me is now reaching nearly 30,000 New Zealanders.

Green tea instead of Sulphur

A Marlborough winery is attempting to replace sulphur dioxide (SO2) from their organic Sauvignon Blanc and replace it with green…

The cold, hard facts

Could pesticides and genetically engineered food be causing rising health issues in children?