Patrick Newton of Mudbrick Winery has taken out the New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year Competition for the second year in a row. Thirty-three year old Mr Newton was named as the first ever Young Winemaker of the Year in 2014 and this year took out the top spot again with a 2014 Chardonnay, a 2014 Syrah and a 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. Mr Newton took over as winemaker at Mudbrick Winery in 2011 after completing a Bachelor of Viticulture and oenology at Lincoln University and spending six years honing his craft in both New Zealand and overseas. Mr Newton said that winning for the second time was “quite humbling.” “The New Zealand Young Winemaker Competition is unique in that you are judged solely on the wines you produce”. All entrants submitted three wines, a biography and a short essay on the submitted wines.