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.
Gomersal Wines Shiraz 2016, Barossa Valley, AUD $20
Thorn-Clarke William Randell Shiraz 2016, Barossa Valley, NZD $58
Bellarmine Select Riesling 2016, Pemberton, AUD $26
Hans Herzog is one of Marlborough’s most precious vinous and culinary gems.
Wither Hills Cellar Collection Noble Riesling 2016, Marlborough, NZD $35
Thorn-Clarke William Randell Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Eden Valley, NZD $58
Vertical tastings are very revealing. As I’ve said on other occasions they are like an archaeological dig.
James Manners is one of several younger-generation winemakers strutting their stuff in Mudgee, breathing new life into this venerable region.