Icons and cults
Switched on Wellington wine retailer, Regional Wines, bravely identified 13 cult New Zealand wines. They are:
Te Mata Coleraine (tastings)
Stonyridge Larose (tastings)
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc (tastings)
Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay (tastings)
Ata Rangi Pinot Noir (tastings)
Felton Road Block 5 Pinot Noir (tastings)
Craggy range Le Sol (tastings)
Kumeu River Mate’s Chardonnay (tastings)
Dry River anything (tastings)
Sacred hill Rifleman’s (tastings)
Esk Valley “The Terraces” (tastings)
Trinity Hill Homage Syrah (tastings)
Church Road “Tom” (tastings)
I added another couple …
Destiny Bay Magna Praemia (tastings)
Bell Hill Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (tastings)
Before I debate the legitimacy of some of the above, and possibly suggest further additions, I need to define an “icon wine” and differentiate it from “cult wine”.
– High quality
– Internationally recognised
– One of the country’s best examples
– Has ageing potential
– High quality
– Likely to be adventurous or unusual
– Hotly pursued by wine geeks (i.e. the cult)
If you accept the definition a cult wine could eventually become an iconic wine but the reverse is unlikely.
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc might arguably not be an iconic wine because it’s not a long distance runner. That does seem a little unfair so perhaps the definition needs to be modified.
Destiny Bay Magna Praemia and Bell Hill Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (my additions) perhaps fit the Cult definition because they may not have international recognition. Both certainly have icon potential. Te Mata Coleraine most closely fits my “Icon” definition.
The topic is now open for discussion …