Our winemaker Matt Ussher, has completed 18 vintages world wide and has developed an international reputation for producing award winning wines in New Zealand, Europe and South America.

Awards 2012

Contour Ridge 2010 Marlborough Pinot noir Royal Easter Show 2012 SILVER
Contour Ridge 2010 Hawkes Bay Chardonnay Royal Easter Show 2012 BRONZE

Awards 2001 and 2002.

Matt worked for Soljans in West Auckland in 2001 and 2002, the wines won numerous awards during this time.

Awards 2004

Tolaga Bay Oaked Chardonnay 2004

Air New Zealand 2004 Silver Tolaga Bay Estate International Chard Challenge 2004 Bronze TBE Liquerland 2004 Bronze TBE


Awards 2004

Concorso Enologico Internazionale Vinitaly 2004

Reserva 2001 Gold medal
Estate 2001 Gran Menzione

Concours Mondial du Vin-Bruxelles 2004

Reserva 2001 Gold medal.

Vinalies Internationales-France 2004

Reserva 2001 Gold medal

Challenge Intl. Du Vin – Bordeaux 2004

Reserva 2001 Silver medal

Awards 2003

Citadelles du Vin- Bordeaux 2003

Syrah 2001 Trophee Excellence

International Wines & Spirit Competition- UK 2003

Syrah 2001 Commended
Estate blend 2001 Commended

Challenge Intl. Du Vin – Bordeaux 2003

Syrah 2001 Bronze medal

Awards 2002

International Wine Challenge- London 2002

Syrah 2001 Silver Medal
Estate blend 2001 Bronze Medal
Estate Rose Seal of approval


Syrah 2001. 2001 Vintage-Best new release*** Decanter 3/03
Syrah 2001 Premios de Ecelencia 2002
Traditional Red Blend 2001 89 points- Wine Enthusiast March 2004


Doña Paula Selección de Bodega 1999 Malbec 90 points Wine Spectator 30th April 2002.

Vivid and pure, with succulent blackberry and boysenberry, toast and spice notes, and a round, sweet, fleshy finish. Seductive juice that keeps you coming back for more.

Doña Paula Estate 1999 Malbec 86 Points Wine Spectator 15th of December 2001.

Textbook Malbec, with a round and juicy feel. Brier and blackberry flavors and toasty, meaty notes linger on the finish.

Doña Paula Estate Chardonnay 1999 Chardonnay 90 points Wine Spectator 88 points 31st of March 2002.

Bright and juicy, with pear, flint and honeysuckle notes and a round, almost creamy finish. Nicely done.


South of France

Domaine de Cousserges
Concours General Agricole (Paris) Sauvignon blanc 1997 Gold


Concours General Agricole (Paris) 2001 Riesling Gold
Pinot blanc 4.5 stars Belgium.