Bob Campbell MW

Storm in a Champagne coup

“Quelle horreur!” screamed the headlines around the world after Russia announced that President Putin had approved a new law forcing Champagne producers to label their exports as sparkling wine.

Top Wineries of New Zealand: 4 to 1

Kusuda Wines: best known for pinot noir, syrah, riesling and, when conditions allow, a luscious dessert wine. Felton Road Wines: best known for five elegant, examples of Bannockburn pinot noir that seem to get better and better with every new vintage. Craggy Range: best known for a supremely elegant syrah with a proven cellaring record. Destiny Bay: best known for cabernet-dominant blended red wines based on the Bordeaux varieties.

Top wineries of New Zealand 2021: 8 to 5

Neudorf: best known for elegant, powerful chardonnay at several price points that peak at Moutere, a very special wine. Framingham: best known for riesling, which comes in all shapes and sizes but is universally delicious. Dry River Wines: best known for small volumes of intense and mostly age-worthy wines all of which deserve iconic status. Clearview Estate Winery: best known for chardonnay from the Te Awanga coastal region.

Top Wineries of New Zealand 2021: 12 to 9

Church Road: best known for chardonnay, syrah and blended reds. Puriri Hills: Best known for outstanding, age-worthy blended reds based on the Bordeaux varieties. Bell Hill: best known for chardonnay and pinot noir. Trinity Hill: best known for Homage Syrah.