2021 Classic Wines of New Zealand


A large crop of 28 new Potential Classics, 25 new Classics and 7 new Super Classics are the features of this year’s closely revised list of New Zealand wine classics.

What is a New Zealand wine classic? It is a wine that in quality terms consistently ranks in the very forefront of its class. To qualify for selection, each label must have achieved an outstanding level of quality for at least three vintages; there are no flashes in the pan here.

By identifying New Zealand wine classics, my aim is to transcend the inconsistencies of individual vintages and wine competition results, and highlight consistency of excellence. When introducing the elite category of Super Classics, I restricted entry to wines which have achieved brilliance in at least five vintages (compared to three for Classic status). The Super Classics are all highly prestigious wines, with a proven ability to mature well (even the Sauvignon Blancs, compared to other examples of the variety).

The Potential Classics are the pool from which future Classics will emerge. These are wines of outstanding quality which look likely, if their current standards are maintained or improved, to qualify after another vintage or two for elevation to Classic status. All the additions and elevations on this year’s list are identified by an asterisk.   

Note: Some wines on the classics list are not reviewed every year. If a wine is not currently on sale, this generally reflects a lack of favourable weather in recent vintages.   


Table of Contents

Super Classics
Classics
Potential Classics


SUPER CLASSICS

Akarua The Siren Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: The 2016 vintage (5*) of Akarua's top Pinot Noir was estate-grown and selected from the best eight barrels out ...
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Alexander Martinborough Pinot Noir

Review: Offering top value, the 2018 vintage (5*) was estate-grown in Martinborough, hand-picked and matured for 11 months in French ...
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Amisfield Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Estate-grown at Pisa, in the Cromwell Basin, the powerful 2017 vintage (5*) was hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts and ...
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Ata Rangi Craighall Martinborough Chardonnay

Review: This memorable wine has richness, complexity and downright drinkability. From a company-owned block of low-yielding Mendoza-clone vines in the ...
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Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir

Review: One of the greatest of all New Zealand wines, this Martinborough red is powerfully built and concentrated, yet seductively ...
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Auntsfield Single Vineyard Southern Valleys Marlborough Pinot Noir

Review: Grown on north-facing slopes at Auntsfield, on the south side of the Wairau Valley, the 2019 vintage (5*) is ...
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Aurum Mathilde Organic Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Estate-grown at Lowburn, the very age-worthy 2017 vintage (5*) was hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts, matured for a year ...
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Black Estate Damsteep North Canterbury Pinot Noir

Review: Certified organic, the 2017 vintage (4.5*) was estate-grown in the Damsteep Vineyard, planted in 1999 'at the top of ...
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Brancott Estate Chosen Rows Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: From the company that planted the region's first Sauvignon Blanc vines in 1975, Chosen Rows is promoted as 'the ...
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Burn Cottage Burn Cottage Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Estate-grown in the foothills of the Pisa Range, in the Cromwell Basin, the powerful, youthful 2017 vintage (5*) was ...
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Burn Cottage Moonlight Race Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: The seductive 2018 vintage (5*) was entirely estate-grown at the company's sites at Lowburn and Bannockburn. Fermented with indigenous ...
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Burn Cottage Valli Vineyard Gibbston Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Since the debut 2014 vintage (5*), Burn Cottage, based in the Cromwell Basin, has drawn grapes from the more ...
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Carrick Excelsior Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Likely to be long-lived, the very classy 2014 vintage (5*) was harvested from mature, estate-grown vines at Bannockburn. A ...
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Church Road Grand Reserve Barrel Fermented Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Review: Full of personality, the 2019 vintage (5*) of this oak-aged wine is already delicious. Estate-grown mostly in the Redstone ...
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Church Road Grand Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

Review: This very classy wine sits above the McDonald Series (but below Tom and 1 Single Vineyard) in the Church ...
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Church Road McDonald Series Hawke’s Bay Syrah

Review: Already delicious, the bargain-priced 2019 vintage (5*) is a floral, spicy red, grown in the Gimblett Gravels (principally) and ...
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Church Road Tom Chardonnay

Review: This is the pinnacle of Church Road's Hawke's Bay Chardonnays – as its price conveys. The 2019 vintage (5*), ...
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Church Road Tom Merlot/Cabernet

Review: Pernod Ricard NZ's top Hawke's Bay red honours pioneer winemaker Tom McDonald, a driving force behind New Zealand's first ...
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Church Road Tom Syrah

Review: Syrah is the latest addition to Church Road's elite Tom range. Released in late 2019, the third, 2015 vintage ...
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Churton Best End Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: This is Churton's 'single block, organic Sauvignon Blanc'. From a north-facing slope, 185 metres above sea level, in the ...
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Churton Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: This producer aims for a style that 'combines the renowned flavour and aromatic intensity of Marlborough fruit with the ...
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Clearview Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

Review: For his premium Chardonnay label, winemaker Tim Turvey aims for a 'big, grunty, upfront' style – and hits the ...
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Clos de Ste Anne Chardonnay Naboth’s Vineyard

Review: Once described by co-founder James Millton as 'a stiletto, not a slipper', Millton's Chardonnay is based on ungrafted, unirrigated ...
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Clos de Ste Anne The Crucible Syrah

Review: The 2015 vintage (5*) is impressive. Grown biodynamically in Millton's elevated Clos de Ste Anne Vineyard in Gisborne, it ...
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Clos Marguerite Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: Estate-grown at Seaview, in the Awatere Valley, this wine is consistently classy. The 2019 vintage (5*) was mostly lees-aged ...
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Cloudy Bay New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Review: New Zealand's most internationally acclaimed wine is sought after from Sydney to New York and London. Its irresistibly aromatic ...
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Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc

Review: Te Koko o Kupe ('The Oyster Dredge of Kupe') is the original name for Cloudy Bay; it is also ...
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Coal Pit Tiwha Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Scented and supple, the 2018 vintage (4.5*) was estate-grown and hand-picked at Gibbston, and matured for a year in ...
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Collaboration Aurulent Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

Review: The classy, youthful 2019 vintage (5*) was grown at 'select vineyards' and barrel-fermented. Bright, light lemon/green, it is fragrant ...
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Craggy Range Le Sol

Review: This famous Syrah impresses with its lovely fragrance and finesse. Estate-grown in the Gimblett Gravels of Hawke's Bay, the ...
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Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard Martinborough Pinot Noir

Review: The impressive 2016 vintage (5*) was estate-grown, hand-picked and matured for nine months in French oak barriques (23 per ...
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Deutz Marlborough Cuvée Blanc de Blancs

Review: New Zealand's most awarded bubbly on the show circuit. This Chardonnay-predominant blend is hand-harvested on the south side of ...
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Dog Point Vineyard Section 94

Review: This ranks among the country's greatest oak-aged Sauvignon Blancs. Looking for 'texture, rather than rich aromatics', Dog Point fermented ...
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Dry River Craighall Vineyard Martinborough Riesling

Review: One of the finest Rieslings in the country, this is typically a wine of exceptional purity, delicacy and depth, ...
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Dry River Craighall Vineyard Selection Martinborough Riesling

Review: This consistently classy wine is late-harvested to 'produce a Riesling with low alcohol, high residual sugar and high acidity, ...
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Dry River Lovat Vineyard Gewürztraminer

Review: From mature vines in Martinborough, the 2019 vintage (5*) is an arresting wine. Powerful and weighty (14.5 per cent ...
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Dry River Martinborough Chardonnay

Review: Elegance, restraint and subtle power are the key qualities of this classic wine. It's not a bold, upfront style, ...
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Dry River Martinborough Pinot Gris

Review: From the first vintage in 1986, for many years Dry River towered over other New Zealand Pinot Gris, by ...
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Dry River Martinborough Pinot Noir

Review: Dark and densely flavoured, this Martinborough red ranks among New Zealand's greatest Pinot Noirs. It is grown in three ...
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Esk Valley Heipipi The Terraces

Review: Grown on a steep, terraced, north-facing hillside at Bay View, in Hawke's Bay, this is typically a strikingly bold, ...
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Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Malbec/Cabernet Franc

Review: The bold 2018 vintage (5*) is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (38 per cent), Merlot (28 per cent), Malbec ...
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Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah

Review: The classy 2016 vintage (5*) was grown in the Cornerstone Vineyard, hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for ...
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Esk Valley Winemakers Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

Review: Often one of the region's most distinguished Chardonnays. The 2018 vintage (5*) is a single-vineyard wine, hand-picked at Bay ...
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Fairbourne Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: From elevated, north-facing slopes in the Wairau Valley, the 2017 vintage (5*) of this single-vineyard wine was hand-picked and ...
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Felton Road Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: The Bannockburn winery's 'standard' Pinot Noir is a distinguished wine, blended from its four sites in the district. Matured ...
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Felton Road Bannockburn Central Otago Riesling

Review: Estate-grown in The Elms Vineyard, this gently sweet style has deep flavours woven with fresh acidity. It offers more ...
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Felton Road Block 1 Central Otago Riesling

Review: Estate-grown in The Elms Vineyard, from mature vines on a 'steeper slope' which yields 'riper fruit' without noble rot, ...
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Felton Road Block 3 Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Grown at Bannockburn, on a north-facing slope 270 metres above sea level, this is a majestic Central Otago wine, ...
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Felton Road Block 5 Pinot Noir

Review: This is winemaker Blair Walter's favourite Felton Road red. Grown in a 'special' block of The Elms Vineyard at ...
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Felton Road Cornish Point Pinot Noir

Review: From the company-owned Cornish Point Vineyard at the eastern end of Bannockburn, 6 kilometres from the winery, this is ...
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Folding Hill Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Highly refined, the youthful 2016 vintage (5*) was hand-harvested, matured for 10 months in French oak barriques (25 per ...
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Folium Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir

Review: The classy 2017 vintage (5*) of this Brancott Valley red was hand-harvested and matured in French oak casks (33 ...
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Folium Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: The impressive 2018 vintage (5*) was hand-picked in the Brancott Valley and handled entirely in tanks. A distinctive wine, ...
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Forrest Botrytised Marlborough Riesling

Review: The 2018 vintage (5*) is a richly botrytised style with a fragrant, honeyed bouquet. Bright, light gold/green, it has ...
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Framingham Noble Riesling

Review: The 2017 vintage (5*) is an oily-rich, sweet (176 grams/litre of residual sugar), vibrantly fruity wine, handled in a ...
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Fromm Clayvin Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay

Review: Fromm's finest Chardonnay is grown on the southern flanks of the Wairau Valley, where the clay soils, says winemaker ...
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Fromm Clayvin Vineyard Pinot Noir

Review: This acclaimed Marlborough red is grown and hand-picked on north-facing clay slopes at Clayvin Vineyard, in the Brancott Valley, ...
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Fromm Syrah Fromm Vineyard

Review: Estate-grown in the Wairau Valley, Marlborough, hand-harvested from mature vines, and co-fermented with a splash of Viognier (2 per ...
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Gibbston Valley China Terrace Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Estate-grown at altitude (320 metres above sea level) in the China Terrace Vineyard, at Bendigo, the graceful 2019 vintage ...
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Gibbston Valley School House Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: This consistently classy red is estate-grown in the late-ripening School House Vineyard, at Bendigo, an extremely elevated site (up ...
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Greystone Thomas Brothers Waipara Valley Pinot Noir

Review: The 2018 vintage (4.5*) was grown in the steep, exposed Brothers Block, hand-harvested, fermented with indigenous yeasts, matured for ...
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Greystone Waipara Valley North Canterbury Pinot Noir

Review: Finely perfumed, the 2018 vintage (4.5*) is a very graceful, deep ruby red, with ripe cherry, plum and spice ...
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Hans Herzog Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented Sur Lie

Review: Outside the regional mainstream, the 2016 vintage (5*) was estate-grown and hand-picked on the north side of the Wairau ...
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Johanneshof Marlborough Gewürztraminer

Review: This beauty is one of the country's greatest Gewürztraminers. Hand-harvested in the Wairau Valley, the 2019 vintage (5*) is ...
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Jules Taylor OTQ Limited Release Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: Made 'On The Quiet', the 2018 vintage (5*) is a single-vineyard wine, fermented and matured for nine months in ...
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Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay

Review: This wine ranks fifth in the company's hierarchy of six Chardonnays, after four single-vineyard labels, but is still outstanding ...
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Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay

Review: This outstanding single-vineyard wine – my favourite in the Kumeu River range – is grown on slopes above Mate's ...
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Kumeu River Mate’s Vineyard Kumeu Chardonnay

Review: This extremely classy, single-vineyard wine is Kumeu River's flagship. It is made entirely from the best of the fruit ...
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Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Gewürztraminer

Review: One of the country's most impressive Gewürztraminers. Grown in the Home Block and nearby Woodward Vineyard, at the foot ...
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Lawson’s Dry Hills Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: Retasted in mid-2020, the 2019 vintage (5*) was grown in the Waihopai, Awatere and Wairau valleys, and made with ...
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Lowburn Ferry Home Block Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: The powerful 2017 vintage (5*) is a single-vineyard red, hand-harvested in the Cromwell Basin and matured in French oak ...
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Mahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: Offering good value, the 2019 vintage (4.5*) was mostly handled in tanks; the ripest, hand-picked fruit (12 per cent ...
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Man O’ War Dreadnought Waiheke Island Syrah

Review: Estate-grown at the eastern end of the island, the 2017 vintage (5*) was hand-harvested from the 'steepest and most ...
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Martinborough Vineyard Home Block Pinot Noir

Review: The elegant, silky-textured 2017 vintage (5*) was matured for a year in French oak casks (23 per cent new) ...
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Mission Huchet Gimblett Gravels Syrah

Review: Named in honour of nineteenth-century winemaker Cyprian Huchet, the 2013 vintage (5*) is a powerful red with a fragrant, ...
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Mondillo Bella Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: The sturdy, lush 2017 vintage (5*) was estate-grown and hand-selected at Bendigo, and matured for 19 months in French ...
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Mondillo Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: The delicious 2017 vintage (5*) is a rich, savoury, supple Bendigo red, estate-grown and matured for 10 months in ...
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Mount Edward Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Certified organic, the 2017 vintage (5*) of this regional blend was fermented with indigenous yeasts, matured for 11 months ...
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Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: This is one of the region's highest-profile reds. Matured for a year in French oak casks (25 per cent ...
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Mt Difficulty Long Gully Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: From vines planted in 1992, the 2017 vintage (5*) is a single-vineyard red, matured for 15 months in French ...
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Nautilus Cuvée Marlborough

Review: Recent releases of this non-vintage, bottle-fermented sparkling have revealed an intensity and refinement that positions the label among the ...
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Nautilus The Paper Nautilus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: Named after a paper-thin shell, the estate-grown 2019 vintage (5*) was hand-harvested from mature vines at Renwick, in the ...
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Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay

Review: Superbly rich but not overblown, with arrestingly intense flavours enlivened with fine acidity, this multi-faceted Nelson wine enjoys a ...
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Neudorf Moutere Pinot Noir

Review: Typically a very classy Nelson red. It is hand-picked from 'older vines' at Upper Moutere, fermented with indigenous yeasts, ...
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Passage Rock Reserve Waiheke Island Syrah

Review: One of Waiheke's most awarded reds. Estate-grown, the 2015 vintage (5*) was matured for a year in French oak ...
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Passage Rock Waiheke Island Syrah

Review: This Waiheke Island red is consistently rewarding. The 2017 vintage (4.5*) was matured for a year in small French ...
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Pegasus Bay Aria Late Picked Riesling

Review: Estate-grown at Waipara, the delicious 2018 vintage (5*) is packaged in a full-sized (750-ml) bottle. Bright, light yellow/green, it ...
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Pegasus Bay Bel Canto Riesling Dry

Review: Bel Canto means 'Beautiful Singing'. Based on the estate's mature, ungrafted vines at Waipara, in North Canterbury, late-harvested with ...
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Pegasus Bay Chardonnay

Review: Strapping yet delicate, richly flavoured yet subtle, this sophisticated North Canterbury wine is one of the country's best Chardonnays ...
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Pegasus Bay Finale Noble Barrique Matured Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon

Review: A wine with a real 'Wow!' factor, the 2019 vintage (5*) is a light gold, honey-sweet North Canterbury wine, ...
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Pegasus Bay North Canterbury Pinot Noir

Review: This is one of North Canterbury's greatest Pinot Noirs, typically very rich in body and flavour. Many of the ...
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Pegasus Bay Prima Donna Pinot Noir

Review: For its top Waipara red, Pegasus Bay wants 'a heavenly voice, a shapely body and a velvety nose'. Based ...
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Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley North Canterbury Riesling

Review: Classy stuff. Estate-grown at Waipara, in North Canterbury, in top vintages it is richly fragrant and thrillingly intense, with ...
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Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Outstanding in top seasons, this classic red is estate-grown mostly in the Cromwell Basin but also at Gibbston. The ...
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Puriri Hills Harmonie Du Soir

Review: Formerly called 'Puriri Hills Reserve', this regional classic has been labelled as 'Harmonie Du Soir' since the 2012 vintage ...
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Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Single Ferment Pinot Noir

Review: Certified organic and biodynamic, the powerful 2018 vintage (5*) is 'a single ferment . . . personally selected by ...
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Rippon Emma’s Block Pinot Noir

Review: From an east-facing slope, this Lake Wanaka wine has 'animated femininity', according to winemaker Nick Mills. It is typically ...
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Rippon Tinker’s Field Mature Vine Pinot Noir

Review: Named after Rippon's co-founder, Rolfe Mills ('Tink' to his friends), this exceptional wine is based on 'the oldest vines ...
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Rock Ferry Trig Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Review: The classy, youthful 2016 vintage (5*) was estate-grown, 400 metres above sea level, at Bendigo, in Central Otago, hand-picked ...
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Sacred Hill Riflemans Chardonnay

Review: Sacred Hill’s flagship Chardonnay is one of New Zealand’s greatest – powerful yet elegant, with striking intensity and outstanding ...
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Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: Marlborough's largest family-owned wine producer has an extensive array of Sauvignon Blancs. This is not the region's most complex ...
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Seresin Chardonnay Reserve

Review: Finesse is the keynote quality of this organically certified Marlborough wine. Estate-grown in the Raupo Creek Vineyard, in the ...
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Seresin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: This is one of the region's most sophisticated, subtle and satisfying Sauvignons. It's also one of the most important, ...
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Smith & Sheth Cru Omahu Syrah

Review: The refined, very age-worthy 2018 vintage (5*) was harvested from mature, 20-year-old vines in the Gimblett Gravels and barrique-matured ...
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Spy Valley Envoy Johnson Vineyard Waihopai Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir

Review: The 2016 vintage (5*) was estate-grown in the Waihopai Valley, hand-harvested and matured in French oak barrels for 18 ...
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Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Reserve Syrah

Review: Certified organic, the very age-worthy 2018 vintage (5*) was hand-picked from vines planted at Roys Hill in 1984 and ...
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Stonyridge Larose

Review: Typically a stunning Waiheke Island wine. Dark and seductively perfumed, with smashing fruit flavours, at its best it is ...
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Te Kairanga John Martin Martinborough Pinot Noir

Review: This typically impressive red is based on the 'best vineyard parcels'. The 2017 vintage (4.5*) was matured in French ...
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Te Mata Awatea Cabernets/Merlot

Review: Positioned below its Coleraine stablemate in Te Mata's hierarchy of Hawke's Bay, claret-style reds, since 1995 Awatea has been ...
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Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc

Review: This oak-aged Hawke's Bay label is impressive for its ripely herbal, complex, sustained flavours. Most of the grapes are ...
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Te Mata Coleraine

Review: Breed, rather than brute power, is the hallmark of Coleraine (correctly pronounced Cole-raine rather than Coler-aine), which since its ...
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Te Mata Elston Chardonnay

Review: One of New Zealand's most illustrious Chardonnays, Elston is a stylish, intense, slowly evolving Hawke's Bay wine. At around ...
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Te Mata Estate Bullnose Syrah

Review: Grown traditionally in the Bullnose and Isosceles vineyards, in the Bridge Pa Triangle inland from Hastings, in Hawke's Bay, ...
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Te Mata Estate Zara Hawke’s Bay Viognier

Review: This estate-grown wine is from Woodthorpe Terraces, on the south side of the Dartmoor Valley. Hand-picked, in 2018 it ...
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Terra Sancta Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir Rosé

Review: From one vintage to the next, this is one of the country's leading rosés. The 2019 vintage (5*) was ...
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Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah

Review: The 2018 vintage (4.5*) is a very age-worthy, supple, medium-bodied red, with a floral, peppery bouquet. Estate-grown, hand-harvested and ...
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Trinity Hill Homage Hawke’s Bay Syrah

Review: One of the country's most distinguished – and expensive – reds. Still extremely youthful, the 2018 vintage (5*) was ...
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Two Paddocks Proprietor’s Reserve The Fusilier Bannockburn Vineyard Pinot Noir

Review: Certified organic, the 2017 vintage (5*) was estate-grown at Bannockburn, hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 11 ...
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Two Paddocks Proprietor’s Reserve The Last Chance Earnscleugh Vineyard Pinot Noir

Review: Estate-grown at Alexandra, in 'possibly the world's most southerly vineyard', the classy 2017 vintage (5*) was hand-picked, fermented with ...
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Urlar Select Parcels Gladstone Pinot Noir

Review: Certified organic, the lovely 2017 vintage (5*) was estate-grown in the northern Wairarapa, hand-picked and matured in French oak ...
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Valli Gibbston Vineyard Otago Pinot Noir

Review: The stylish 2019 vintage (5*) was hand-picked, matured in French oak barriques (30 per cent new), and bottled unfined ...
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Vidal Legacy Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

Review: Still extremely youthful, the 2019 vintage (5*) was hand-harvested in the Keltern and Kokako vineyards and fermented and matured ...
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Villa Maria Keltern Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

Review: Grown at a cool, inland site on the western edge of the Bridge Pa Triangle, this arresting wine is ...
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Villa Maria Reserve Barrique Fermented Gisborne Chardonnay

Review: This wine has for many years been acclaimed as one of the region's finest Chardonnays. The 2019 vintage (5*) ...
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Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

Review: Deeply coloured, the lovely 2018 vintage (5*) is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (78 per cent), Merlot (14 per ...
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Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Merlot

Review: This is a consistently outstanding wine. Estate-grown, the 2018 vintage (5*) was matured for 18 months in French oak ...
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Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Noble Riesling Botrytis Selection

Review: One of New Zealand's top sweet wines on the show circuit. It is typically stunningly perfumed, weighty and oily, ...
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Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir

Review: Launched from 2000, this label swiftly won recognition as one of the region's boldest, lushest reds. Grown in the ...
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Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Marlborough Pinot Noir

Review: Already delicious, the 2018 vintage (5*) was estate-grown in the upper Awatere Valley and matured in French oak barriques ...
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Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: Taylors Pass Vineyard lies 100 metres above sea level in the Awatere Valley. This is typically a classic example ...
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Whitehaven Greg Awatere Valley Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: The 2019 vintage (4.5*) is a mouthfilling, punchy, tangy wine, fresh and forthright, with good intensity of ripely herbaceous ...
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Whitehaven Greg Southern Valleys Single Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir

Review: The classy 2017 vintage (5*) was hand-harvested, matured for 10 months in French oak barrels, and bottled unfined and ...
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Wooing Tree Sandstorm Reserve Single Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Estate-grown at Cromwell, this wine is hand-picked from especially low-yielding vines. Matured for a year in French oak casks ...
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CLASSICS

Akarua Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Estate-grown, hand-picked from mature vines and aged for 11 months in French oak barriques (27 per cent new), the ...
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Akitu A1 Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Estate-grown 380 metres above sea level at Mt Barker, in the Wanaka sub-region, the barrel-aged 2018 vintage (5*) is ...
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Alpha Domus AD The Aviator

Review: Estate-grown in the Bridge Pa Triangle, this is a blend of classic Bordeaux varieties. The outstanding 2015 vintage (5*) ...
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Amisfield RKV Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Estate-grown and hand-picked from selected blocks in the Rocky Knoll Vineyard at Pisa, in the Cromwell Basin, the 2016 ...
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Auntsfield Single Vineyard Southern Valleys Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: Estate-grown on the south side of the Wairau Valley, on the site where the region's first wines were made ...
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Babich Irongate Chardonnay

Review: Babich's flagship Chardonnay. A stylish wine, Irongate was traditionally markedly leaner and tighter than other top Hawke's Bay Chardonnays, ...
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Babich Irongate Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot/Franc

Review: Estate-grown in the Irongate Vineyard and matured in French oak barriques (40 per cent new in 2016), this elegant, ...
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Babich The Patriarch

Review: This is promoted as Babich's greatest red, regardless of the variety or region of origin, but all vintages have ...
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Bannock Brae Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: This Bannockburn red is typically outstanding. The 2016 vintage (4.5*) is a refined, youthful wine, ruby-hued, with ripe cherry, ...
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Brancott Estate Letter Series ‘B’ Brancott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: This wine is promoted by Pernod Ricard NZ as 'our finest expression of Marlborough's most famous variety' – and ...
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Brookfields Hillside Syrah

Review: This distinguished red is grown on a sheltered, north-facing slope between Maraekakaho and Bridge Pa, in Hawke's Bay (described ...
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Brookfields Reserve Vintage Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot

Review: Brookfields' top red is one of the most powerful, long-lived reds in Hawke's Bay. At its best, it is ...
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Carrick Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: A regional classic. Certified organic, the very age-worthy 2017 vintage (5*) was estate-grown and matured in French oak barriques ...
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Church Road Grand Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah

Review: Full of potential, the 2018 vintage (5*) is a deeply coloured, finely structured red, estate-grown principally in the Redstone ...
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Clearview The Basket Press

Review: The distinguished 2016 vintage (5*) is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (41 per cent), Merlot (39 per cent) and ...
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Clos de Ste Anne Viognier Les Arbres

Review: This biodynamically certified Gisborne wine from Millton shows impressive richness and complexity. Hill-grown, it is hand-harvested and fermented with ...
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Clos Henri Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: The Clos Henri Vineyard near Renwick is owned by Henri Bourgeois, a leading, family-owned producer in the Loire Valley, ...
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Cloudy Bay New Zealand Chardonnay

Review: A powerful Marlborough wine with impressively concentrated, savoury, lemony, mealy flavours and a proven ability to mature well over ...
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Cloudy Bay Pelorus NV

Review: Designed as an aperitif', Cloudy Bay's non-vintage Marlborough bubbly is a Chardonnay-dominant style, with 30 per cent Pinot Noir, ...
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Cloudy Bay Te Wahi Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: The 2017 vintage (5*) was estate-grown in the Calvert Vineyard at Bannockburn and Northburn Vineyard, on the east bank ...
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Craggy Range Aroha

Review: The delicious 2017 vintage (5*) is a single-vineyard Pinot Noir, estate-grown at Te Muna, on the edge of Martinborough ...
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Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels Single Vineyard Hawke’s Bay Syrah

Review: This label is overshadowed by the reputation of its stablemate, Le Sol, but proves the power, structure and finesse ...
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Craggy Range Sophia

Review: This is Craggy Range's premier Merlot-based red. The 2016 vintage (5*) is a Gimblett Gravels, Hawke's Bay blend of ...
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Deutz Marlborough Prestige Cuvée

Review: Well worth discovering, this is typically a very classy wine, disgorged after three years on its yeast lees. A ...
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Doctors Flat Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: The highly age-worthy 2016 vintage (5*) is a single-vineyard red, estate-grown at Bannockburn, matured for a year in French ...
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Dog Point Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay

Review: This classy wine is estate-grown and hand-harvested on the south side of the Wairau Valley, fermented and matured for ...
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Dog Point Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir

Review: This classy, finely structured red is estate-grown on the south side of the Wairau Valley, hand-picked and matured for ...
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Dog Point Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: This classic wine offers a clear style contrast to Section 94, Dog Point's complex, barrel-aged Sauvignon Blanc (see the ...
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Elephant Hill Airavata Hawke’s Bay Syrah

Review: An emerging star. The classy 2017 vintage (5*) was estate-grown and hand-harvested in the Gimblett Gravels, co-fermented with a ...
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Elephant Hill Hawke’s Bay Hieronymus

Review: The powerful, very age-worthy 2017 vintage (5*) is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec, estate-grown ...
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Elephant Hill Reserve Hawke’s Bay Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Cabernet

Review: The classy 2017 vintage (5*) was estate-grown and hand-harvested in the Gimblett Gravels and the Bridge Pa Triangle, and ...
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Elephant Hill Reserve Hawke’s Bay Syrah

Review: The 2017 vintage (5*) was estate-grown and hand-picked in the Gimblett Gravels, the Bridge Pa Triangle and at Te ...
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Felton Road Bannockburn Central Otago Chardonnay

Review: This classy, distinctive wine is grown at Bannockburn and matured in French oak barriques, with restrained use of new ...
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Felton Road Block 2 Central Otago Chardonnay

Review: This typically outstanding wine is grown in a 'special part of The Elms Vineyard in front of the winery', ...
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Felton Road Calvert Pinot Noir

Review: Grown in the Calvert Vineyard at Bannockburn – 1 kilometre east of the winery – matured in French oak ...
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Felton Road Dry Riesling

Review: Estate-grown in schisty soils at Bannockburn, in Central Otago, this wine is hand-picked in The Elms Vineyard and fermented ...
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Framingham Classic Marlborough Riesling

Review: Top vintages of this Marlborough wine are strikingly aromatic, richly flavoured and zesty. The classy, very age-worthy 2019 vintage ...
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Fromm Cuvée ‘H’ Marlborough Pinot Noir

Review: Certified organic, the 2018 vintage (5*) is labelled in honour of Hätsch Kalberer, Fromm's winemaker since the first vintage ...
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Fromm Fromm Vineyard Pinot Noir

Review: Winemaker Hätsch Kalberer describes this Marlborough red as 'not a typical New World style, but the truest expression of ...
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Gibbston Valley Le Maitre Gibbston Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Grown in the Home Block at Gibbston, where the oldest vines were planted in 1983, the 2019 vintage (5*), ...
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Gibbston Valley Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: At its best, this Central Otago red is mouthfilling and savoury, with superb concentration of sweet-tasting, plummy fruit and ...
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Gillman

Review: This rare, estate-grown Matakana red is a blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec, matured in French oak barrels ...
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Grasshopper Rock Earnscleugh Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Estate-grown in Alexandra, this is typically a top buy. From vines planted in 2003, the graceful 2018 vintage (4.5*) ...
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Greenhough Hope Vineyard Nelson Chardonnay

Review: This consistently impressive wine is estate-grown at Hope, in Nelson, hand-picked, barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in French ...
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Greenhough Hope Vineyard Nelson Pinot Noir

Review: One of Nelson's greatest reds, at its best powerful, rich and long-lived. It is estate-grown and hand-picked on an ...
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Greystone Erin’s Reserve Waipara Valley Chardonnay

Review: Greystone views Chardonnay as 'the finest white wine variety'. Grown on steep, north-facing limestone slopes, this wine is hand-harvested, ...
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Greystone Organic Waipara Valley North Canterbury Pinot Gris

Review: At its best, this is one of the finest Pinot Gris in the country. The 2019 vintage (5*) was ...
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Greystone Waipara Valley North Canterbury Gewürztraminer

Review: An emerging star. Certified organic, the delicious 2018 vintage (5*) was estate-grown and hand-harvested, and part of the blend ...
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Greywacke Marlborough Chardonnay

Review: The vigorous, youthful 2017 vintage (5*) is bright, light yellow/green, with a fragrant, complex bouquet. Mouthfilling, it has deep, ...
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Greywacke Marlborough Pinot Gris

Review: Grown principally in the Southern Valleys, but also at Rapaura, the 2017 vintage (5*) was hand-picked, fermented in a ...
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Greywacke Marlborough Pinot Noir

Review: Grown at elevated sites in the Southern Valleys, hand-harvested and matured in French oak barriques (partly new), the 2017 ...
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Greywacke Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: Grown in the central Wairau Valley and the Southern Valleys, the 2019 vintage (5*) was handled principally in tanks ...
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Greywacke Marlborough Wild Sauvignon

Review: This is a leading example of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from well outside the mainstream. Fermented with indigenous yeasts in ...
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Hans Herzog Marlborough Tempranillo

Review: The lovely 2015 vintage (5*) was estate-grown in the Wairau Valley, matured for 30 months in French oak barriques, ...
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Hunter’s Miru Miru Reserve

Review: This has long been one of Marlborough's best sparklings, full and lively, with loads of peachy, yeasty, nutty flavour, ...
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La Collina Syrah

Review: La Collina ('The Hill') is grown at Bilancia's steep, early-ripening site on the northern slopes of Roys Hill, overlooking ...
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Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: One of the region's best, widely available Sauvignon Blancs, this stylish wine is vibrant, intense and finely structured. The ...
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Lawson’s Dry Hills The Pioneer Marlborough Gewürztraminer

Review: The 2019 vintage (5*) is an Alsace-style wine, estate-grown in the Home Block and fermented with indigenous yeasts in ...
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Mahi Single Vineyard Twin Valleys Marlborough Chardonnay

Review: Hand-picked in the Twin Valleys Vineyard, at the junction of the Wairau and Waihopai valleys, the refined 2017 vintage ...
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Millton Te Arai Vineyard Gisborne Chenin Blanc

Review: Certified organic, this Gisborne wine is one of New Zealand's best-known Chenin Blancs. It's a richly varietal wine with ...
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Misha’s Vineyard Limelight Riesling

Review: This single-vineyard wine is estate-grown and hand-harvested at Bendigo, in Central Otago. The vivacious 2018 vintage (5*) is a ...
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Misha’s Vineyard Lyric Central Otago Riesling

Review: This is the sort of 'dry' Riesling New Zealand needs a lot more of. Estate-grown and hand- harvested at ...
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Misha’s Vineyard The High Note Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Estate-grown at Bendigo, in the Cromwell Basin, the very youthful, vigorous 2019 vintage (5*) was hand-harvested, fermented with indigenous ...
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Mission Jewelstone Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Antoine

Review: Named after pioneer winemaker Father Antoine Gavin, the 2016 vintage (5*) is a classy blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (41 ...
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Mission Jewelstone Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

Review: Classy stuff. Made in a bolder, more upfront style than some past releases, the 2018 vintage (4.5*) was grown ...
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Mission Jewelstone Hawke’s Bay Syrah

Review: Currently delicious, but also very age-worthy, the 2016 vintage (5*) is a single-vineyard red, estate-grown at Mere Road, in ...
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Mondillo Central Otago Nina

Review: A lovely late-harvest style, the 2019 vintage (5*) was made from Riesling, hand-picked at Bendigo. Bright, light lemon/green, it ...
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Nautilus Marlborough Chardonnay

Review: Delicious from the start, the 2019 vintage (5*) was fermented and lees-stirred in oak casks (25 per cent new) ...
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Neudorf Moutere Pinot Gris

Review: The youthful 2019 vintage (4.5*) is an estate-grown Nelson wine, fermented with indigenous yeasts (30 per cent in old ...
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Newton Forrest Estate Cornerstone

Review: Grown in the Cornerstone Vineyard, on the corner of Gimblett Road and State Highway 50 – where the first ...
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Nga Waka Martinborough Lease Block Pinot Noir

Review: Offering fine value, the youthful 2018 vintage (5*) is a single-vineyard red, from vines planted in 1999. Barrel-matured and ...
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Palliser Estate Martinborough Pinot Noir

Review: This is typically an enticingly perfumed, notably elegant and harmonious red. The 2019 vintage (5*) is deep ruby and ...
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Pegasus Bay Encore Noble Riesling

Review: Grown at Waipara, in North Canterbury, this beauty is from hand-selected, botrytised bunches and berries, harvested late in the ...
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Pegasus Bay Gewürztraminer

Review: Estate-grown at Waipara, in North Canterbury, the delicious 2018 vintage (5*) was handled for six months in old oak ...
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Pegasus Bay Sauvignon/Sémillon

Review: This distinctive Waipara, North Canterbury wine is concentrated and complex, with loads of personality. It is typically a 70:30 ...
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Pisa Range Estate Black Poplar Block Pinot Noir

Review: Estate-grown at Pisa Flats, north of Cromwell, in Central Otago, this classy, enticingly scented wine is well worth discovering ...
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Prophet’s Rock Home Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: This consistently rewarding red is estate-grown at a high-altitude site at Bendigo. Barrel-aged for 17 months and bottled unfiltered, ...
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Puriri Hills Clevedon Pope

Review: Named after Ivan Pope, who planted and tended the vines at this Clevedon, South Auckland vineyard. Still on sale, ...
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Pyramid Valley Vineyards Lion’s Tooth Chardonnay

Review: Estate-grown on an east-facing slope at Waikari, in North Canterbury, the 2018 vintage (5*) is a powerful (14.5 per ...
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Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Single Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Certified organic and biodynamic, the extremely graceful 2018 vintage (5*) was estate-grown at Bendigo, hand-picked and matured for a ...
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Quartz Reef Méthode Traditionnelle Vintage Blanc de Blancs

Review: Top vintages are outstanding, showing great vigour and complexity in a Champagne-like style, intense and highly refined. The vivacious ...
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Rippon ‘Rippon’ Mature Vine Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: This Lake Wanaka red has a long, proud history. Estate-grown but not a single-block wine – winemaker Nick Mills ...
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Rockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: This consistently stylish blend of Cromwell Basin (mostly) and Gibbston grapes typically has concentrated cherry, plum and dried-herb flavours, ...
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Sacred Hill Brokenstone

Review: Merlot-based, this is a typically outstanding Hawke's Bay red from the Gimblett Gravels (principally the company's Deerstalkers Vineyard). The ...
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Sacred Hill Deerstalkers Hawke’s Bay Syrah

Review: The mouthfilling, supple 2016 vintage (5*) is an age-worthy red, hand-harvested in the Gimblett Gravels and matured for 16 ...
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Sacred Hill Helmsman

Review: This is a classy, single-vineyard Gimblett Gravels red from Hawke's Bay. The highly refined 2017 vintage (5*), blended from ...
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Spy Valley Envoy Johnson Vineyard Marlborough Gewürztraminer

Review: Estate-grown in the lower Waihopai Valley, hand-harvested from mature vines and fermented in small oak vessels, the 2018 vintage ...
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Staete Landt Annabel Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: Estate-grown at Rapaura, on the relatively warm north side of the Wairau Valley, the 2018 vintage (4.5*) was partly ...
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Stonecroft Old Vine Gewürztraminer

Review: The Gewürztraminers from this tiny Hawke's Bay winery are among the finest in the country. This 'Old Vine' wine ...
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Stonyridge Pilgrim Waiheke Island Syrah/Mourvedre/Viognier/Grenache

Review: This distinguished Rhône-style blend is estate-grown at Onetangi and matured for a year in French oak barriques (30 per ...
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Tarras Vineyards The Canyon Single Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: The fragrant, complex 2017 vintage (5*) was estate-grown at Bendigo. Full-coloured, it is rich and savoury, with deep cherry, ...
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Te Whau Vineyard Waiheke Island Chardonnay

Review: For its vintage-to-vintage consistency, this was Te Whau's finest wine, full of personality, but the 2017 vintage (4.5*) is ...
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Terra Sancta Jackson’s Block Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Full of personality, the 2018 vintage (5*) of this estate-grown, single-block red was hand-picked, matured in French oak casks ...
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Terra Sancta Slapjack Block Bannockburn Pinot Noir

Review: From the oldest vines in Bannockburn, planted in 1991, the 2018 vintage (5*) is a ruby-hued, velvety red. Hand-picked ...
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Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels The Gimblett

Review: The sturdy, dark 2018 vintage (5*) is a Hawke's Bay blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Set for ...
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Two Paddocks Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: The latest vintages are the best yet. Estate-grown at Earnscleugh (51 per cent), Bannockburn (27 per cent) and Gibbston ...
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Valli Bannockburn Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: The delicious 2019 vintage (5*) was hand-harvested, matured in French oak barriques (30 per cent new), and bottled unfined ...
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Valli Bendigo Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: The powerful, rich, sweet-fruited 2019 vintage (5*) was hand-picked, matured in French oak barriques (30 per cent new), and ...
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Vidal Legacy Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

Review: The refined 2018 vintage (5*) is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (64 per cent) and Merlot (36 per cent), ...
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Vidal Legacy Hawke’s Bay Syrah

Review: The estate-grown 2016 vintage (5*) was hand-harvested from 18-year-old vines in the Omahu Gravels and Twyford Gravels vineyards, in ...
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Villa Maria Reserve Clifford Bay Awatere Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: Named after Clifford Bay, into which the Awatere River empties, this is a very classy Marlborough wine. Seddon Vineyards ...
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Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Syrah

Review: The 2018 vintage (5*) is a classy red, estate-grown at two sites and matured for a year in French ...
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Villa Maria Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

Review: The very stylish 2019 vintage (5*) was fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barriques (38 per cent new), ...
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Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay

Review: This distinguished, concentrated, finely structured wine is hand-harvested in the warmest sites supplying Chardonnay grapes to Villa Maria, in ...
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Villa Maria Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Review: An authoritative wine, it is typically ripe and zingy, with impressive weight and length of flavour, and tends to ...
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Villa Maria Single Vineyard Braided Gravels Hawke’s Bay Albariño

Review: Already drinking well, but full of youthful vigour, the outstanding 2019 vintage (5*) was hand-harvested and fermented in a ...
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Villa Maria Single Vineyard Seddon Marlborough Pinot Gris

Review: One of the country's top Pinot Gris, this Awatere Valley wine is estate-grown, hand-harvested and barrel-fermented (90 per cent ...
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Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Marlborough Pinot Noir

Review: From gentle, north-facing slopes on the south side of the Wairau Valley, the deep ruby 2017 vintage (4.5*) was ...
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Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Chardonnay

Review: Grown in the company's Taylors Pass Vineyard in Marlborough's Awatere Valley, this wine is hand-picked, fermented and matured in ...
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POTENTIAL CLASSICS

Akarua The Siren Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: The 2016 vintage (5*) of Akarua's top Pinot Noir was estate-grown and selected from the best eight barrels out ...
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Alexander Martinborough Pinot Noir

Review: Offering top value, the 2018 vintage (5*) was estate-grown in Martinborough, hand-picked and matured for 11 months in French ...
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Alpha Domus AD Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

Review: The powerful, savoury 2016 vintage (5*) was estate-grown in the Bridge Pa Triangle and fermented and matured for a ...
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Amisfield Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Estate-grown at Pisa, in the Cromwell Basin, the powerful 2017 vintage (5*) was hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts and ...
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Ash Ridge Doppio Chave Syrah

Review: The deeply coloured, youthful 2016 vintage (5*) is based on the Chave clone of Syrah, estate-grown in the Bridge ...
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Astrolabe Vineyards Wrekin Vineyard Chenin Blanc

Review: The 2019 vintage (5*) has a powerful presence. A single-vineyard wine, hand-harvested in the Southern Valleys, it was partly ...
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Auntsfield Cob Cottage Southern Valleys Marlborough Chardonnay

Review: This single 'block' – rather than just single 'vineyard' – wine is estate-grown on the south side of the ...
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Auntsfield Single Vineyard Southern Valleys Marlborough Chardonnay

Review: This consistently rewarding wine is estate-grown on the south side of the Wairau Valley, hand-harvested and fermented and matured ...
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Auntsfield Single Vineyard Southern Valleys Marlborough Pinot Noir

Review: Grown on north-facing slopes at Auntsfield, on the south side of the Wairau Valley, the 2019 vintage (5*) is ...
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Aurum Mathilde Organic Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Estate-grown at Lowburn, the very age-worthy 2017 vintage (5*) was hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts, matured for a year ...
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Awaroa Requiem Waiheke Island Cabernet/Merlot/Malbec

Review: The 2016 vintage (5*) is a powerful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50 per cent), Merlot (30 per cent) and ...
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Bilancia Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

Review: The tightly structured, elegant 2017 vintage (4.5*) was estate-grown on the lower terraces of la collina Vineyard, hand-picked and ...
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Black Estate Damsteep North Canterbury Pinot Noir

Review: Certified organic, the 2017 vintage (4.5*) was estate-grown in the Damsteep Vineyard, planted in 1999 'at the top of ...
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Boneline, The, Sharkstone Waipara Chardonnay

Review: An emerging classic from North Canterbury. Already delicious, the striking 2018 vintage (5*) was estate-grown, hand-picked from mature vines ...
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Brancott Estate Chosen Rows Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: From the company that planted the region's first Sauvignon Blanc vines in 1975, Chosen Rows is promoted as 'the ...
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Brookfields Marshall Bank Chardonnay

Review: Brookfields' top Chardonnay is named after proprietor Peter Robertson's grandfather's property in Otago. Grown in a vineyard adjacent to ...
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Burn Cottage Moonlight Race Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: The seductive 2018 vintage (5*) was entirely estate-grown at the company's sites at Lowburn and Bannockburn. Fermented with indigenous ...
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Burn Cottage Valli Vineyard Gibbston Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Since the debut 2014 vintage (5*), Burn Cottage, based in the Cromwell Basin, has drawn grapes from the more ...
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Carrick Cairnmuir Terraces EBM Chardonnay

Review: From a region producing increasingly fine, often underrated Chardonnays, this is one of the best. EBM means 'extended barrel ...
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Carrick Excelsior Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Likely to be long-lived, the very classy 2014 vintage (5*) was harvested from mature, estate-grown vines at Bannockburn. A ...
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Church Road Grand Reserve Barrel Fermented Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Review: Full of personality, the 2019 vintage (5*) of this oak-aged wine is already delicious. Estate-grown mostly in the Redstone ...
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Church Road McDonald Series Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon

Review: This consistently impressive wine is grown principally in the company's Redstone Vineyard, in the Bridge Pa Triangle. The 2017 ...
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Church Road McDonald Series Hawke’s Bay Merlot

Review: The 2016 vintage (5*) is a rich, savoury, smooth red, still unfolding. Merlot-based (92 per cent), with a splash ...
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Church Road McDonald Series Hawke’s Bay Syrah

Review: Already delicious, the bargain-priced 2019 vintage (5*) is a floral, spicy red, grown in the Gimblett Gravels (principally) and ...
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Church Road Tom Syrah

Review: Syrah is the latest addition to Church Road's elite Tom range. Released in late 2019, the third, 2015 vintage ...
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Churton Best End Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: This is Churton's 'single block, organic Sauvignon Blanc'. From a north-facing slope, 185 metres above sea level, in the ...
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Churton Marlborough Petit Manseng

Review: The 2017 vintage (5*) of this traditional variety of Jurancon, in south-west France, was estate-grown in the Waihopai Valley ...
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Churton Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: This producer aims for a style that 'combines the renowned flavour and aromatic intensity of Marlborough fruit with the ...
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Clearview Endeavour Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

Review: One of New Zealand’s highest-priced Chardonnays, this wine is estate-grown at Te Awanga, hand-picked from (Mendoza-clone) vines planted in ...
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Clearview Hawke’s Bay Enigma

Review: Entirely estate-grown at Te Awanga, the lovely 2016 vintage (5*) is a deeply coloured blend of Merlot (70 per ...
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Clearview Old Olive Block

Review: This Hawke's Bay red is named after the estate vineyard at Te Awanga, which has an old olive tree ...
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Clos de Ste Anne La Bas Gisborne Chenin Blanc

Review: Certified biodynamic, the 2018 vintage (4.5*) is from a section of the vineyard 'down there' (La Bas). Grown in ...
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Clos de Ste Anne The Crucible Syrah

Review: The 2015 vintage (5*) is impressive. Grown biodynamically in Millton's elevated Clos de Ste Anne Vineyard in Gisborne, it ...
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Clos Marguerite Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: Estate-grown at Seaview, in the Awatere Valley, this wine is consistently classy. The 2019 vintage (5*) was mostly lees-aged ...
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Cloudy Bay Pelorus Rosé

Review: This classy, non-vintage wine is a blend of Pinot Noir (mostly) and Chardonnay, hand-picked in the Wairau Valley, partly ...
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Coal Pit Tiwha Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Scented and supple, the 2018 vintage (4.5*) was estate-grown and hand-picked at Gibbston, and matured for a year in ...
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Collaboration Aurulent Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

Review: The classy, youthful 2019 vintage (5*) was grown at 'select vineyards' and barrel-fermented. Bright, light lemon/green, it is fragrant ...
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Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard Martinborough Pinot Noir

Review: The impressive 2016 vintage (5*) was estate-grown, hand-picked and matured for nine months in French oak barriques (23 per ...
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Daniel Le Brun Blanc de Blancs Méthode Traditionnelle

Review: Disgorged after at least five years' maturation on its yeast lees, the fresh, elegant 2012 vintage (5*), still on ...
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Daniel Le Brun Vintage Méthode Traditionnelle

Review: The 2010 vintage (5*), currently on sale, is a blend of Marlborough Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, disgorged after six ...
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Elephant Hill Reserve Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

Review: The rich, tightly structured 2017 vintage (5*) was estate-grown at Te Awanga (principally) and in the Bridge Pa Triangle, ...
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Elephant Hill Salomé Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

Review: The classy 2018 vintage (5*) was estate-grown at Te Awanga and in the Bridge Pa Triangle, and fermented and ...
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Esk Valley Late Harvest Hawke’s Bay Chenin Blanc

Review: Hard to resist, the 2018 vintage (5*) is a pale gold wine with an intense, honeyed fragrance. Showing lovely ...
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Fairbourne Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: From elevated, north-facing slopes in the Wairau Valley, the 2017 vintage (5*) of this single-vineyard wine was hand-picked and ...
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Felton Road Block 1 Central Otago Riesling

Review: Estate-grown in The Elms Vineyard, from mature vines on a 'steeper slope' which yields 'riper fruit' without noble rot, ...
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Folding Hill Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Highly refined, the youthful 2016 vintage (5*) was hand-harvested, matured for 10 months in French oak barriques (25 per ...
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Folium Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir

Review: The classy 2017 vintage (5*) of this Brancott Valley red was hand-harvested and matured in French oak casks (33 ...
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Folium Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: The impressive 2018 vintage (5*) was hand-picked in the Brancott Valley and handled entirely in tanks. A distinctive wine, ...
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Framingham Select Marlborough Riesling

Review: An 'aperitif' style, the beautifully poised 2019 vintage (5*) was grown in the Wairau Valley. Bright, light lemon/green, it ...
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Frenchmans Hill Estate Waiheke Island Blood Creek 8

Review: Still on sale, the fragrant, highly concentrated 2014 vintage (5*) is a blend of eight varieties – principally Cabernet ...
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Fromm Syrah Fromm Vineyard

Review: Estate-grown in the Wairau Valley, Marlborough, hand-harvested from mature vines, and co-fermented with a splash of Viognier (2 per ...
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Georges Road Selection Waipara Pinot Gris

Review: Full of personality, the 2017 vintage (5*) was estate-grown, hand-picked and fermented with indigenous yeasts in seasoned oak barrels ...
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Gibbston Valley China Terrace Bendigo Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Estate-grown at altitude (320 metres above sea level) in the China Terrace Vineyard, at Bendigo, the graceful 2019 vintage ...
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Gibbston Valley NV Méthode Traditionnelle

Review: This classy wine, from grapes hand-picked in Central Otago, is disgorged after more than two years on its yeast ...
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Gibbston Valley School House Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: This consistently classy red is estate-grown in the late-ripening School House Vineyard, at Bendigo, an extremely elevated site (up ...
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Greenhough Hope Vineyard Nelson Pinot Blanc

Review: Certified organic, the classy 2016 vintage (5*) was estate-grown, hand-picked, and fermented and aged for 18 months in seasoned ...
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Greystone Organic Waipara Valley North Canterbury Chardonnay

Review: Already very expressive, the distinctive 2018 vintage (5*) of this organically certified wine was hand-harvested, barrel-fermented and matured for ...
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Greystone Thomas Brothers Waipara Valley Pinot Noir

Review: The 2018 vintage (4.5*) was grown in the steep, exposed Brothers Block, hand-harvested, fermented with indigenous yeasts, matured for ...
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Greystone Waipara Valley North Canterbury Pinot Noir

Review: Finely perfumed, the 2018 vintage (4.5*) is a very graceful, deep ruby red, with ripe cherry, plum and spice ...
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Greystone Waipara Valley North Canterbury Riesling

Review: Greystone sees this wine as 'the truest expression of the variety for us'. Certified organic, the youthful 2018 vintage ...
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Greywacke Marlborough Riesling

Review: The 2018 vintage (5*) is a single-vineyard wine, grown at Fairhall. Hand-harvested, it was 50 per cent fermented in ...
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Hans Herzog Marlborough Montepulciano

Review: This classy, estate-grown red is typically overflowing with sweet-fruit flavours. The 2015 vintage (4.5*) was hand-picked on the north ...
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Hans Herzog Marlborough Pinot Gris

Review: Prepare for something different! Estate-grown on the northern side of the Wairau Valley, the 2017 vintage (5*) is a ...
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Hans Herzog Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Barrel Fermented Sur Lie

Review: Outside the regional mainstream, the 2016 vintage (5*) was estate-grown and hand-picked on the north side of the Wairau ...
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Hans Herzog Spirit of Marlborough Merlot/Cabernet

Review: Who says you can't make outstanding claret-style reds in the South Island? Estate-grown on the banks of the Wairau ...
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Jules Taylor OTQ Limited Release Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: Made 'On The Quiet', the 2018 vintage (5*) is a single-vineyard wine, fermented and matured for nine months in ...
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Kumeu River Coddington Chardonnay

Review: This typically powerful, rich wine is grown in the Coddington Vineyard, between Huapai and Waimauku. The grapes, cultivated on ...
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Lawson’s Dry Hills Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: Retasted in mid-2020, the 2019 vintage (5*) was grown in the Waihopai, Awatere and Wairau valleys, and made with ...
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Lime Rock Grüner Veltliner

Review: This Central Hawke's Bay wine is estate-grown, hand-harvested and typically partly barrel-fermented. The impressive 2019 vintage (5*) is rare ...
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Lowburn Ferry Home Block Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: The powerful 2017 vintage (5*) is a single-vineyard red, hand-harvested in the Cromwell Basin and matured in French oak ...
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Mahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: Offering good value, the 2019 vintage (4.5*) was mostly handled in tanks; the ripest, hand-picked fruit (12 per cent ...
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Man O’ War Dreadnought Waiheke Island Syrah

Review: Estate-grown at the eastern end of the island, the 2017 vintage (5*) was hand-harvested from the 'steepest and most ...
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Martinborough Vineyard Home Block Pinot Noir

Review: The elegant, silky-textured 2017 vintage (5*) was matured for a year in French oak casks (23 per cent new) ...
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Matawhero Irwin Gisborne Chardonnay

Review: An extroverted, 'full-on' style, the golden 2018 vintage (5*) was harvested from vines planted in 2013 in the Tietjen ...
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Maude Mt Maude Vineyard East Block Wanaka Riesling

Review: From vines planted in 1994 on a steep, north-facing slope at Wanaka, in Central Otago, the 2019 vintage (5*) ...
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Maude Mt Maude Vineyard Wanaka Dry Riesling

Review: Hand-harvested from vines planted in Central Otago in 1994, the racy 2019 vintage (5*) is very youthful and intense ...
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Mills Reef Elspeth Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon

Review: Fragrant, fresh and full-bodied, the 2016 vintage (4.5*) was hand-picked from mature, 21-year-old vines in the company's Mere Road ...
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Mills Reef Elspeth Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet/Merlot

Review: Grown and hand-picked at the company’s close-planted Mere Road site, this is a consistently impressive wine. The 2016 vintage ...
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Mills Reef Elspeth Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

Review: Past vintages under the top Elspeth label flowed from the Gimblett Gravels, but the stylish 2019 (4.5*) was hand-picked ...
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Misha’s Vineyard Dress Circle Central Otago Pinot Gris

Review: The refined 2019 vintage (5*) was estate-grown at Bendigo and 42 per cent of the blend was fermented with ...
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Mission Huchet Gimblett Gravels Syrah

Review: Named in honour of nineteenth-century winemaker Cyprian Huchet, the 2013 vintage (5*) is a powerful red with a fragrant, ...
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Mondillo Bella Reserve Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: The sturdy, lush 2017 vintage (5*) was estate-grown and hand-selected at Bendigo, and matured for 19 months in French ...
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Mondillo Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: The delicious 2017 vintage (5*) is a rich, savoury, supple Bendigo red, estate-grown and matured for 10 months in ...
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Mount Edward Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Certified organic, the 2017 vintage (5*) of this regional blend was fermented with indigenous yeasts, matured for 11 months ...
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Mount Edward Central Otago Riesling

Review: Certified organic, the classy 2018 vintage (5*) was fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel barrels and tanks, and ...
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Mt Difficulty Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: This is one of the region's highest-profile reds. Matured for a year in French oak casks (25 per cent ...
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Mt Difficulty Long Gully Bannockburn Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: From vines planted in 1992, the 2017 vintage (5*) is a single-vineyard red, matured for 15 months in French ...
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Nautilus Cuvée Marlborough Vintage Rosé

Review: The vivacious 2017 vintage (5*), made from Pinot Noir, was bottle-fermented and disgorged after lengthy maturation (typically well over ...
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Nautilus Marlborough Albariño

Review: This consistently classy, single-vineyard wine is handled without oak. Attractively scented, the 2019 vintage (5*) is full-bodied, with strong, ...
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Nautilus The Paper Nautilus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: Named after a paper-thin shell, the estate-grown 2019 vintage (5*) was hand-harvested from mature vines at Renwick, in the ...
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Obsidian Reserve The Obsidian

Review: The Obsidian Vineyard at Onetangi produces one of the most stylish Waiheke Island reds. Blended from classic Bordeaux red ...
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Ostler Waitaki Valley North Otago Pinot Gris

Review: Delicious now, the 2018 vintage (5*) is part of Ostler's 'Grower Selection'. Full-bodied, it is concentrated, with vibrant, pure, ...
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Passage Rock Waiheke Island Magnus

Review: The impressive 2017 vintage (5*) is a rare blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Montepulciano, Merlot and Malbec, grown on ...
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Passage Rock Waiheke Island Syrah

Review: This Waiheke Island red is consistently rewarding. The 2017 vintage (4.5*) was matured for a year in small French ...
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Pegasus Bay Aria Late Picked Riesling

Review: Estate-grown at Waipara, the delicious 2018 vintage (5*) is packaged in a full-sized (750-ml) bottle. Bright, light yellow/green, it ...
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Pegasus Bay Bel Canto Riesling Dry

Review: Bel Canto means 'Beautiful Singing'. Based on the estate's mature, ungrafted vines at Waipara, in North Canterbury, late-harvested with ...
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Pegasus Bay Finale Noble Barrique Matured Sauvignon Blanc/Sémillon

Review: A wine with a real 'Wow!' factor, the 2019 vintage (5*) is a light gold, honey-sweet North Canterbury wine, ...
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Pegasus Bay Muscat

Review: This rare, estate-grown, North Canterbury wine is made in a sturdy Alsace style, hand-picked ultra-ripe at Waipara, tank-fermented and ...
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Pegasus Bay Virtuoso Chardonnay

Review: Blended from the 'best barrels', this wine is hand-harvested from the company's mature, Mendoza-clone vines at Waipara. Fermented with ...
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Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Outstanding in top seasons, this classic red is estate-grown mostly in the Cromwell Basin but also at Gibbston. The ...
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Prophet’s Rock Central Otago Dry Riesling

Review: Estate-grown and hand-picked at Bendigo, in the Cromwell Basin, the 2017 vintage (4.5*) was fermented with indigenous yeasts in ...
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Prophet’s Rock Central Otago Pinot Gris

Review: Estate-grown and hand-picked at two Bendigo sites, in the Cromwell Basin, the bright, light lemon/green 2018 vintage (5*) is ...
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Pyramid Valley Field of Fire Chardonnay

Review: The very youthful 2018 vintage (5*) was estate-grown on an elevated, south-east-facing slope at Waikari, in North Canterbury. Bright, ...
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Quartz Reef Bendigo Estate Single Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Gris

Review: Certified organic and biodynamic, the 2019 vintage (5*) was estate-grown at Bendigo, hand-picked and fermented and lees-aged in tanks ...
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Rippon Emma’s Block Pinot Noir

Review: From an east-facing slope, this Lake Wanaka wine has 'animated femininity', according to winemaker Nick Mills. It is typically ...
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Riverby Estate Marlborough Noble Riesling

Review: Tasted together in mid-2019, the 2016 to 2018 vintages were an impressive trio. Estate-grown at Rapaura, the 2018 (5*) ...
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Rock Ferry Trig Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir

Review: The classy, youthful 2016 vintage (5*) was estate-grown, 400 metres above sea level, at Bendigo, in Central Otago, hand-picked ...
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Saint Clair Pioneer Block 9 Big John Marlborough Riesling

Review: Light and lively, the 2018 vintage (4*) was grown in the lower Brancott Valley and stop-fermented to make a ...
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Seifried Winemaker’s Collection Sweet Agnes Nelson Riesling

Review: Seifried's most celebrated wine. The 2019 vintage (5*) is delicious young. Light yellow/green, it is lively and intense, with ...
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Smith & Sheth Cru Omahu Syrah

Review: The refined, very age-worthy 2018 vintage (5*) was harvested from mature, 20-year-old vines in the Gimblett Gravels and barrique-matured ...
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Spy Valley Envoy Johnson Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay

Review: This elegant, tightly structured wine is estate-grown in the Waihopai Valley, hand-harvested, fermented with indigenous yeasts and lees-aged in ...
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Spy Valley Envoy Johnson Vineyard Waihopai Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris

Review: Estate-grown in the lower Waihopai Valley, the 2017 vintage (4.5*) was harvested from vines planted in 1999 and barrel-aged ...
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Spy Valley Envoy Johnson Vineyard Waihopai Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir

Review: The 2016 vintage (5*) was estate-grown in the Waihopai Valley, hand-harvested and matured in French oak barrels for 18 ...
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Stonecroft Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon

Review: The youthful 2018 vintage (4.5*) is a single-vineyard, organically certified red, matured for 18 months in French oak barrels ...
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Stonecroft Old Vine Gimblett Gravels Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

Review: The impressive 2019 vintage (5*) is a rare wine – only three barrels were made. From vines planted in ...
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Stonyridge Luna Negra Waiheke Island Hillside Malbec

Review: Promoted as 'like going on an energetic dance with a Cuban beauty queen', this bold, classy red is estate-grown ...
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Te Kairanga John Martin Martinborough Pinot Noir

Review: This typically impressive red is based on the 'best vineyard parcels'. The 2017 vintage (4.5*) was matured in French ...
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Tony Bish Skeetfield Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

Review: Still unfolding, the pale gold 2018 vintage (5*) is based on mature, Mendoza-clone vines in the Skeetfield Vineyard at ...
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Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay

Review: The winery's flagship 'black label' Chardonnay from Hawke's Bay is typically intense and finely structured. Grown in the Gimblett ...
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Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah

Review: The 2018 vintage (4.5*) is a very age-worthy, supple, medium-bodied red, with a floral, peppery bouquet. Estate-grown, hand-harvested and ...
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Two Paddocks Proprietor’s Reserve The Fusilier Bannockburn Vineyard Pinot Noir

Review: Certified organic, the 2017 vintage (5*) was estate-grown at Bannockburn, hand-picked, fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured for 11 ...
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Two Paddocks Proprietor’s Reserve The Last Chance Earnscleugh Vineyard Pinot Noir

Review: Estate-grown at Alexandra, in 'possibly the world's most southerly vineyard', the classy 2017 vintage (5*) was hand-picked, fermented with ...
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Urlar Select Parcels Gladstone Pinot Noir

Review: Certified organic, the lovely 2017 vintage (5*) was estate-grown in the northern Wairarapa, hand-picked and matured in French oak ...
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Valli Burn Cottage Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: The 2019 vintage (4.5*) is part of a collaboration between Valli and Burn Cottage, involving access to each other's ...
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Vavasour Anna’s Vineyard Awatere Valley Marlborough Chardonnay

Review: From a site within the original, terraced vineyard in the lower Awatere Valley, the 2017 vintage (5*) was fermented ...
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Vavasour Awatere Valley Marlborough Pinot Gris

Review: A consistently impressive wine, bargain-priced. Partly (10 per cent) fermented and matured for four months in seasoned French oak ...
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Vidal Soler Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay

Review: The Soler range is positioned above Reserve and below Legacy in the Vidal range. Grown at three sites, including ...
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Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay

Review: This impressive wine is estate-grown at Mangere, in South Auckland. The 2019 vintage (5*) was hand-picked, fermented with indigenous ...
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Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Gewürztraminer

Review: Estate-grown at Mangere, in South Auckland, the 2017 vintage (4.5*) was hand-picked and predominantly (80 per cent) fermented in ...
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Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Marlborough Pinot Noir

Review: Already delicious, the 2018 vintage (5*) was estate-grown in the upper Awatere Valley and matured in French oak barriques ...
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Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: Taylors Pass Vineyard lies 100 metres above sea level in the Awatere Valley. This is typically a classic example ...
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Whitehaven Greg Awatere Valley Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Review: The 2019 vintage (4.5*) is a mouthfilling, punchy, tangy wine, fresh and forthright, with good intensity of ripely herbaceous ...
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Whitehaven Greg Southern Valleys Single Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir

Review: The classy 2017 vintage (5*) was hand-harvested, matured for 10 months in French oak barrels, and bottled unfined and ...
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Wooing Tree Sandstorm Reserve Single Vineyard Central Otago Pinot Noir

Review: Estate-grown at Cromwell, this wine is hand-picked from especially low-yielding vines. Matured for a year in French oak casks ...
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