Neudorf Rosie’s Block Moutere Albariño 2020, Nelson, NZD $33
BostockWines: best known for championing organic grape, wine and apple production. Doctors Flat: best known for elegant Bannockburn pinot noir from a small, cool (for Bannockburn) 3-hectare organic vineyard. Passage Rock Wines: best known for dense, peppery syrah. Te Whare Ra Wines: best known for intense, stylish old-vine riesling.
Stonecroft Crofters Syrah 2019, Hawke’s Bay, NZD $25
Astrolabe Wines: best known for stylish sauvignon blanc including subregional styles from the Awatere Valley and Kekerengu. Muddy Water: best known for sleek pinot noir, vibrant chardonnay and a surprisingly good pinotage. Valli: best known for high-quality subregional Central Otago pinot noir. Palliser Estate: best known for consistently delicious Martinborough sauvignon blanc and single-vineyard chardonnay and pinot noir.
Destiny Bay Magna Praemia 2019, Waiheke Island, NZD $550
Uncompromising is an over-used term but is the best word to describe the strategy that propelled Craggy Range from fledgling wine producer to truly iconic winemaker in little more than a couple of decades.
Mondillo Vineyards: best known for dense, rich Bendigo pinot noir. Seresin Estate: best known for high quality organic and biodynamic wines with integrity. Radburnd Cellars: best known for super-sophisticated chardonnay. Te Awanga Estate: best known for attractive, adventurous and thoughtful Hawke’s Bay wines.
Rapaura Springs: best known for a selection of succulent sauvignon blancs. Man O’War Vineyards: best known for generously proportioned and age-worthy Waiheke wines. Margrain Vineyard: best known for being a reliably good producer of often adventurous wines. Black Estate: best known for high-energy, age-worthy pinot noir.
There has been a lot of excitement and speculation about the Top Wineries of New Zealand 2021 list, which is released today. And the winner is Destiny Bay.
An increasing number of wine producers are holding back stocks of age-worthy wines and releasing them several years later.