This years event was an amazing success, with $180,000 raised for our beloved Cranford Hospice. As Chairman of the event, it was a huge build up, but well worth it with so many highlights on the day! Meeting and introducing the Prime Minister John Key to officially open the 25th Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction was a buzz. But the bidding was the real highlight! Sacred Hill’s Shotgun Chardonnay half barrique went for a whopping $8400, which is stunning. I blended this wine with the team at Sacred Hill from the oldest Mendoza Chardonnay vines, and it is indeed a stunning wine, very intense and powerful. Love Richard Brimer’s photo for this wine the catalogue. That’s my great grandfathers Winchester wound antique shotgun you’re looking down the barrel of. Piece of history indeed.
My own Lot 15, the Arts Collective named “All things beautiful” was made up of 3 dozen Golden Egg Chardonnay, a framed Richard Brimer photo (see below), and a hand made diamond, white gold and platinum pendant by Napier Jeweller Gerard Smith of Glisten Jewellery. So very beautiful! This lot was the highest value of the day, and fetched a whopping $15400!! Big thanks to Gerard and Richard -awesome!
So a fantastic day, make sure you come next year!