Top Wineries of New Zealand: 4 to 1

4. Kusuda Wines

Location: Martinborough

Best known for: Pinot noir, syrah, riesling and, when conditions allow, a luscious dessert wine.

Winemaker and founder Hiroyuki “Hiro” Kusuda must be this country’s most fastidious winemaker. He will go to any length in pursuit of wine quality no matter how small the gain might be. The result is a range of supremely elegant, delicate and pure wines with surprising ageing potential. Hiro is revered by his followers around the globe.

3. Felton Road Wines

Location: Central Otago

Best known for: Five elegant, examples of Bannockburn pinot noir that seem to get better and better with every new vintage.

Everything that winemaker Blair Walter touches seems to turn to gold, including a trio of stylish rieslings and a trio of taut chardonnays, all of which rank among the country’s best. This modest, organic and biodynamic wine producer lets its splendid wines do the talking.

2. Craggy Range

Location: Hawke’s Bay

Best known for: A supremely elegant syrah with a proven cellaring record.

Although the spotlight tends to fall on a spectacular syrah, all wines in their Prestige Collection are stunning including a chardonnay, pinot noir and two superb, blended reds. Sauvignon blanc and riesling from their Te Muna vineyard in Martinborough are two wines that stand out in a crowd, offering a distinct imprint of place.

1. Destiny Bay

Location: Waiheke Island

Best known for: Cabernet-dominant blended red wines based on the Bordeaux varieties.

A rigorous selection process, meticulous attention to detail and a superb vintage (2019) all contributed toward Destiny Bay’s thoroughly deserved promotion to the number one slot. A decade or so in bottle promises to take them to another level.


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