The winning pies were out in force and glasses of Riesling clinked in celebration.
Astrolabe’s Spätlese Riesling 2017 paired with The Burleigh’s Jamaican Lamb Pie is this year’s overall winner in the Great Burleigh Pie Pairing Challenge.
And delighted winners got together to mark the win and accept the sought-after trophy.
Astrolabe chief winemaker Simon Waghorn and the Astrolabe team turned out in force at The Burleigh to collect their winnings.
“Not to mince words, but this is a prize worth savouring”, he says.
Jane Waghorn-Forrest says Astrolabe organised “extensive” testing of Burleigh pies with the Astrolabe range of wines.
“We thought the sweetness of this wine would go well with spices.”
She says she is delighted the Spätlese Riesling won as it’s from her family’s home vineyard.
Judges Fiona Fenwick, Saulo Camillo, Summa Donald and Jesse Mulligan worked their way through 47 wine and pie pairings.
Marlborough Weekly owner Summa Donald says being picked as a judge was an honour.
“It was a tough gig, but somehow we managed try some of the best pies and wine Marlborough has to offer.
“Congratulations to the Astrolabe team and of course Burleigh for their fantastic selections.”
This is the fourth time the annual competition has been held.
All the entry fees go to charity, with this year’s recipient being Marlborough Foodbank.