To establish the list of top producers I simply found every Marlborough Pinot Noir from 2012 or later that has scored 95 points or better. It’s a bit tough on good producers such as Hans Herzog and Dog Point because I have only tasted one vintage of each. Obviously the more Pinot Noir labels produced the higher a winery is likely to be on my ranking.
My annual Sauvignon Blanc tasting takes place in another month. I’ve tasted a handful of early release wines and quite a large number of tanks samples – enough to confidently say that Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from 2015 promises to be a very special vintage. It could do for Marlborough Sauvignon what 2013 has clearly done for Hawke’s Bay.
Pssst … wanna buy a great wine at a silly price? The following five favourites are my highest scoring wines with price tags of less than $25. Why so cheap? Mount Riley is well known for offering great value – their limited release wine is a reminder that they can also deliver truly great quality. The wines of Giesen and Matua Valley were given a boost by terrific vintage conditions. Brightwater seems to have a conservative pricing policy (all their wines are price-friendly) while ARA must surely have made a mistake.