Top Wineries of New Zealand 2021: 24 to 21

24. Greystone Wines

Location: North Canterbury

Best known for: Wines made from the aromatic varieties, pinot noir and chardonnay.

It is easy to make great wine if you have a top vineyard in the Waipara hills, a talented viticulturist and an enthusiastic and innovative winemaker. Greystone wines never fail to impress for their honesty, purity and expression of place and vintage.

23. Blank Canvas

Location: Marlborough

Best known for: Truly innovative wines.

Blank Canvas founders Matt Thomson and Sophie Parker-Thomson MW make wines from single vineyards using their significant experience and obvious intelligence. The resulting wines are exciting and sometimes challenging. Taste their Abstract Sauvignon Blanc, Upton Downs Pinot Noir and Gimblett Gravels Element Syrah and you will know what I mean.

22. Elephant Hill Estate

Location: Hawke’s Bay

Best known for: Intense, peppery syrah.

Elephant Hill has three impressive vineyards; the coastal Te Awanga Vineyard; the inland Gimblett Vineyard in the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers District and The Triangle Vineyard in the Bridge Pa Triangle region. Individually or in combination, it allows them to make a wide range of high-quality wines. Although syrah is their signature variety, don’t overlook the Salomé Chardonnay, Sea Sauvignon or Sea Viognier—all first-rate wines.

21. Kumeu River

Location: Kumeu

Best known for: Super-stylish chardonnay.

This truly iconic producer and star of the wine documentary A Seat at the Table has built an envious international reputation for taut, elegant chardonnay from the Kumeu district in West Auckland. The recent purchase of the Rays Road vineyard in Hawke’s Bay is showing early promise for chardonnay and pinot noir from that region.

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