Top wineries of New Zealand 2021: 8 to 5
Best known for: Elegant, powerful chardonnay at several price points that peak at Moutere, a very special wine.
Neudorf has extremely high standards. Pinot gris, dry riesling, albariño and pinot noir under the Moutere label are all terrific wines that compete with Moutere Chardonnay (renamed Home Block Moutere) for our attention. Choose a great Nelson vintage like 2019 and 2020 and it’s hard to go wrong with a benchmark producer such as Neudorf.
Best known for: Riesling, which comes in all shapes and sizes but is universally delicious.
Try not to be so dazzled by Framingham’s riesling that you neglect to explore their other wines, especially pinot gris, gewürztraminer, chardonnay and pinot noir. Their price-friendly, entry-level label Nobody’s Hero deserves a place on your shopping list.
Best known for: Small volumes of intense and mostly age-worthy wines all of which deserve iconic status.
Few wine lovers would challenge the statement that Dry River makes the best gewürztraminer and pinot gris, as well as show-stopping syrah, riesling, pinot noir and chardonnay, all of which have a proven ability to age gracefully.
Location: Hawke’s Bay
Best known for: Chardonnay from the Te Awanga coastal region.
Clearview produces six chardonnay labels, most of which seem to reflect the salty tang of the nearby ocean. A very favourable 2019 vintage helped boost the winery’s ranking from 37th the previous year. The Basket Press, a blockbuster blended red, contributed to Clearview’s rise.