Matt Dicey steps down after more than 20 years as chief winemaker at the Bannockburn winery Mt Difficulty.
Te Motu 2016, Waiheke Island, NZD $140
Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2019, Waipara, NZD $54
Eight Ranges Trail Rider Pinot Noir 2020, Central Otago, NZD $27
Kumeu River has a reputation for producing consistently good chardonnays from their various Kumeu vineyards but in a stellar vintage such as 2020, quality received an extra boost.
High Garden Vineyard Gibbston Pinot Noir 2020, Central Otago, NZD $95
“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.
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.
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.
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.