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Champion wine award
puts icing on the cake'
By CHE BAKER
Top drop: Bannock Brae Vineyard
owner Catherine Brown, of
Bannockburn, with the Champion
Pinot Noir and Champion Wine of the
Show awards the vineyard won at the
2012 New Zealand International Wine
Show in Auckland.
A Bannockburn vineyard has
cleaned up at the New Zealand
International Wine Show,
winning the champion wine,
champion pinot noir and cham-
pion winemaker of the year.
Bannock Brae Vineyard owners
Crawford and Catherine Brown
attended the awards ceremony in
Auckland on September 31 to
accept the awards for their
Central Otago Barrel Selection
Pinot Noir 2010.
Mrs Brown said they had an
inkling they were going to receive
the pinot noir award.
But taking home the champion of
show award was ''the icing on the
cake'', she said.
The vineyard, which first
produced a vintage in 2001, had
won more than 22 gold medals for
its wine, but ''this is the ultimate
award yet'', she said.
"It's not just good for us (Bannock
Brae Vineyard), it's great for
Central Otago," she said.
The show's judging panel, led by
Master of Wine Bob Campbell,
assessed 2122 entries from 13
Bannock Brae winemaker Jen
Parr was recognised for her skills
when named the New Zealand
Champion Winemaker of the
Mr Brown said: ''Great wine has
to be made and we acknowledge
the obvious talent and skill our
winemaker has applied to the
creation of our wines -- she is a
Those wanting to try a taste of the
winning wine can do so, because
it was released to the New Zealand
market last week.
Winery owes $2 million
-- now on the market
By CHE BAKER
Dry times: Desert Heart Wine
Photo: EMMA DAWE
A Bannockburn winery has gone
into receivership owing more
than $2 million to creditors, but
receivers hope to preserve the
brand and sell up ''lock, stock and
Desert Heart Wine Company,
established in 2000, was placed in
receivership by Kevin Pitfield and
Gareth Hoole in July after it failed
to repay a loan.
The company has five directors
and was believed to owe $281,000
to a ''general security agreement''
holder as well as $1.9 million to
A receivers' report said about 5000
cases of wine were held by
Cromwell firm Vinpro with an
estimated book value of $1.2m.
A significant proportion of an
accounts receivable ledger with a
balance of $440,925 was in arrears
when receivers were appointed,
the report said. Fixed assets
included $255,000 in winery equip-
ment and motor vehicles.
The receivers would continue to
trade the company in order to
''maximise the potential for
repayments to creditors'' and to
preserve the Desert Heart brand.
However, they would re-evaluate
the position if trading conditions
deteriorated and it was not
economically viable to continue to
They are seeking potential buyers
of the wine with a preference
toward a ''lock, stock and barrel''
sale at a ''fair and reasonable''
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