Top Wineries of New Zealand 2021: 48 to 45

48. Mondillo Vineyards

Location: Central Otago

Best known for: Dense, rich Bendigo pinot noir.

From a 22-hectare series of north-facing Bendigo terraces Domenic Mondillo produces two pinot noir labels, a rosé and two rieslings, plus a late-harvest riesling if conditions allow. My favourites include the 2018 Mondillo Pinot Noir, 2017 Bella Reserve Pinot Noir, a crisp dry 2020 Riesling and delicately succulent 2020 Mondillo Rosé.

47. Seresin Estate

Location: Marlborough

Best known for: High quality organic and biodynamic wines with integrity.

Established by cinematographer Michael Seresin and modelled on a Tuscan estate where olive trees, fruit trees, vegetables and animals supplement grape production and celebrate diversity. Favourite wines include the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc and a rich, complex oak-aged Marama Sauvignon Blanc 2018, a creamy 2018 Reserve Chardonnay, a flavoursome and savoury 2015 Tatou Pinot Noir and an impressively dense, rich flagship Sun & Moon Pinot Noir.

46. Radburnd Cellars

Location: Hawke’s Bay

Best known for: Super-sophisticated chardonnay.

A new venture by highly-regarded winemaker Kate Radburnd. “We make a single tier of wines in very limited volumes – representing the best not the most.” Kate has made a successful start earning high scores for every one of her three wines: 2018 Radburnd Chardonnay, 2018 Radburnd Merlot Cabernet and 2018 Radburnd Syrah. This is clearly a winery worth watching.

45. Te Awanga Estate

Location: Hawke’s Bay

Best known for: Attractive, adventurous and thoughtful Hawke’s Bay wines.

Wines in “traditional or edgy and experimental“ styles are offered under Trademark, Quarter Acre, Te Awanga Estate, Mister and One Off labels. Top picks include the 2018 Trademark Chardonnay, 2019 One Off The Skinny Organic Chardonnay, 2019 One Off Super and Sticky Late Harvest Gewürztraminer, 2018 Quarter Acre Viognier and 2016 Trademark Syrah.

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