Given the extraordinary array of top wines, is it even possible to identify highlights to serve as a guide for the wine lover seeking to look at the show’s top wines with the freshest possible palate? Obviously, some classes are necessarily stronger than others, either because they comprise a more coherent array – cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, Bordeaux blends and sauvignon blanc, for example – or because the category is more “winemakerly” (sparkling wine or riesling).

Michael Fridjhon

2018 Chairman:
Michael Fridjhon – South Africa

Nation of Show:
New Zealand

Wine of Show:
New Zealand – Sacred Hill Riflemans Chardonnay 2016

Red Wine of Show:
New Zealand – Akarua Limited Release Single Vineyard Kolo Pinot Noir 2015

White Wine of Show:
New Zealand – Sacred Hill Riflemans Chardonnay 2016

2018 Wine of Show

Sacred Hill
Riflemans Chardonnay 2016

Winemaker: Jack Cornes
Region: Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Jack has worked in the Hawke’s Bay wine industry since 2003 and loves the challenge of working with the elements to produce outstanding wines year after year. Jack is excited about the international acclaim Hawke’s Bay wines are receiving and believes we are producing wines that rival some of the best in the world while expressing Hawke’s Bay’s distinct terroir.

“Our vineyards are so unique, all we do is enhance what we get from them and the result is something spectacular”

Sacred Hill Riflemans Chardonnay 2016

Six Nations Results History

To view past Six Nations Wine Challenge results including Nation of Show, Wine of Show and each class’ winners click on a year below.