“We have a commitment to quality; quality vineyard-management practices, quality winemaking, quality marketing and quality distribution. The most important of these is quality people and relationships as a foundation for success. We aim for constant improvement and continue to ask the question HDWDIB – “How Do We Do It Better” – Neal Ibbotson
Raised in Tūrangi on the shores of the mighty Lake Taupo, Chloe’s early exposure to viticulture began with helping her parents pick out wine from the local store (fiends for a big Aussie red). After finishing college in 2001, Chloe moved to Marlborough to pursue a Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology through Lincoln University, completing her first harvest at the Saint Clair Family Estate in 2006.
Now Chloe represents Lake Chalice as Winemaker, expressing our vineyards through our wines; that is when she’s not being a Mum to Asher, a member of multiple sports teams, performing in Kapa haka (Māori performing arts), being a cross-fit addict or cooking a mean kai (kiwi food).
Hamish has a unique background with a BSC in Microbiology and BSC in Zoology from Otago University, New Zealand. He gained a significant placement in an experienced team in the DNA Forensics Department with the Forensic Science Services at the Home Office UK. He also worked as a Medical Laboratory Assistant in various hospitals across the continent while he indulged his passion for wine.
Hamish has also held a range of viticultural positions for Saint Clair Family Estate for almost two decades. Lake Chalice Wines is fortunate to be able to utilise the vast knowledge and experience Hamish has to offer in the management of our own unique vineyards.
Neal and Judy Ibbotson
Managing Director and Owners
Neal and Judy Ibbotson are viticulture pioneers from Marlborough. Neal has a long background of farming, having a farm of pigs while working as a farm advisor for rural Marlborough farmers, before planting grapes in the early 70’s. Astounding viticultural knowledge combined with a large amount of passion, commitment, dedication and drive has assisted Neal and Judy in creating a leading New Zealand wine brand (Saint Clair Family Estate).
Saint Clair purchased the Lake Chalice brand in June 2016. Neal works closely with Winemaker Chloe Gabrielsen to create the best possible varietal Marlborough wines.