Carrick Wines from Bannockburn won Best Organic White Wine with its Carrick Bannockburn Riesling Central Otago 2017, and Best Organic Red Wine, with the Pinot Noir Central Otago 2015. We ask winemaker Francis Hutt a few choice questions.
WHAT IS AN ORGANIC WINE?
The benefits for the consumer of certified organic wines are fewer chemical additives and preservatives, and generally less processing. In a single vineyard situation the wines become a true representation of their tūrangawaewae, their sense of place.
THE SECRET TO YOUR WINES’ SUCCESS?
People, place and commitment to quality.
YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD MATCHES?
Pinot noir: fresh field mushroom risotto; barbecued eel with fresh veg and whipped charcoal smoked butter on wholegrain rye. Riesling: charcuterie with fresh-cut pear and a bowl of pan-fried peanuts.