Kaitlin Bond, Ben McNab and Douw Grobler

Ben McNab, Assistant Winemaker at Palliser in Martinborough, has been named the 2021 Tonnellerie de Mercurey North Island Young Winemaker of the Year.

Kaitlin Bond from Indevin in Gisborne came in second and Douw Grobler from Trinity Hill in Hawke’s Bay was third.

McNab was also the winner of the 2020 North Island competition and says defending the title added more pressure to the competition.

“I was very relieved to come out on top again this year, especially as the calibre of the other contestants was so high,” he says.

McNab was awarded a prize package of $1000, an educational trip to a NZ wine region and financial support to attend the National Final in Central Otago where he will go on to represent Wairarapa.

The National Final will take place early in 2022.

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