New Zealand was a high performer in 2018 with four wines in the Wine Spectator’s influential Top 100 list.
When the 2017 sample of the Neudorf Moutere Chardonnay arrived a few weeks ago it was accompanied by the 2014, 2015 and 2016 vintages as references for the latest vintage.
Hawkshead Gibbston First Vines Pinot Noir 2015, Central Otago, NZD $65
Lake Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Langhorne Creek, AUD $28
Vertical tastings are very revealing. As I’ve said on other occasions they are like an archaeological dig.
I’m a huge fan of this Canterbury producer. They are “situated at an old lime quarry in the Weka Pass, North Canterbury” according to their website.
Gartelmann Estate Diedrich Shiraz 2015, Orange, AUD $50
There were many impressive wines in my riesling tasting, and my preference for a little bottle-age was evident.
Tim Adams Cabernet Malbec 2015, Clare Valley, AUD $25
Knappstein winemaker Ben Marx has used 90% whole-bunch for his The Insider Shiraz Malbec 2017. It’s a 50/50 blend of shiraz and malbec and is a new take on a traditional Clare blend.