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Simon Waghorn is a winemaker. With Wilco Lam as Chief winemaker since 2013, Dry River continues to build on its reputation as one of New Zealand’s most iconic pioneering wineries. What seasonal list would be complete without a sparkling wine? Brick Bay Farm takes its name from the small bay on the eastern boundary of the property, a pretty beach accessible via Sandspit, fringed by pohutukawas with stunning views out to Kawau Island. It’s probably best known for its rieslings, and this wine shows why. Denis has a lifelong love of the land. No other Kiwi wines, including all of the Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs, plus some prestigious, high-priced Hawke's Bay Chardonnays and Syrahs, scored higher than a silver medal. In 2009 Te Mata launched its Estate Vineyards wines, selected from their own vineyards to represent the finest expression of their Hawke’s Bay varietals. Some tasters noted a little phenolic grip — aim to pair with summery food.$28, The majority of sauvignons that scored highly seemed to be the non-conventionally made ones — which is good, I think. This year, our annual guide showcases wines with a real point of difference. Black Estate should need little introduction to winos — the Waipara winery produces some pretty special, minimal-intervention wines from some amazing sites and this is no exception. The Peregrine Winery and its vineyards are located in the southernmost grape growing region in the world at latitude 45 South, in Central Otago, the heart of New Zealand’s South Island. Production is 10k bottles per year. But pinot gris can be fantastic, as this shows. The four hectare property they bought had been established much earlier (1976) as a small vineyard and winery and it was here that the apprenticeship in viticulture and winemaking began. This is a blend of chardonnay and pinot noir and a limited edition from Lindauer, apparently. #2 Best Value of 5 New Zealand Vineyard Hotels “ Martinborough is a quaint old town with a long history and of course many vineyards in the surrounding area. All rights reserved. For example, all of our wines are fermented with their own yeast starters, cultured every year, from the vineyard itself. Te Awanga Estate is a family owned wine business. Both winemakers trained in the world-famous wine area of Rheingau in Germany. Our iconic crest reflects this. This wine was berrytastic — strawberries, raspberries, all the berries you could ask for — with a savoury finish. Advised by legendary Central Otago viticulturist Robin Dicey, planting of our first vines commenced in late 2003. If you’re a wine pedant, you should probably stop reading now, because this is not your run-of-the-mill list of the top 50 wines in New Zealand. Brook Lawrence, as well as being one of our winemakers, is also the viticulturalist (he's a busy boy!) My Wishlist. Our focus is on premium Bordeaux styled red varieties such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Edward and Marjory Leung have been wine enthusiasts for as long as they can remember, with a particular passion for Pinot Noir. The current release (lot “L.18.06.04”) has an intriguing, complex nose of pear and floral notes that reminded one taster of chardonnay. This Waipara wine from top producer Greystone shows sauvignon’s trademark acidity but combines fruit and grassy notes and leesy characters (giving it some impression of age and added complexity) with a soft, complex, delectable palate.$28, Everyone effused about this wine. These are wines with panache that encapsulate the diversity and balanced harmony of our Mt Beautiful vineyard itself. Since our first vintage was released by pharmacist-turned-winemaker and original investor Russell Schultz in 1984, we have consistently produced world-class wines from our home block, Martinborough Terraces blocks and, more recently, our Burnt Spur vineyards. An orangey, marmalade, zesty nose; a real textural, chewy depth to the palate; and a long, energetic finish. We aim to craft delicious, food-friendly wines from the clean, cool and diverse valleys of Marlborough. Detailed vintage reports. Marjory began her career in the banking industry at this point, while over the next 19 years Edward practiced as a dentist in Wainuiomata, Picton and England, before establishing his practice in Wellington. To ensure the Domaine remains the best possible custodian of the land, biodynamic land practices are deployed - the result is pure and perfumed wines expressive of the Central Otago terroir, renowned as one of the finest in NZ. It had nine months in oak with full malolactic fermentation, and is unfined and unfiltered, with no added sulphites. Apart from our two flagship Pinot Noirs ‘Marion’s Vineyard’ and ‘Block B’ we produce a savoury Estate Pinot Noir, an elegant and fresh Sauvignon Blanc, a beautiful silky European style Rosé, our intriguing bright and aromatic Tribianco cuvée and a luscious Late Harvest Dolce. Clark Estate is a passionate, 100% New Zealand owned, family wine business that prides itself on innovation and quality, producing single vineyard wines from their 13 hectare block. and his canopy management regime includes shoot thinning and positioning, bunch thinning and ultimately hand harvesting. The Pinot Gris block was the first to be planted while we waited for further low-vigour rootstocks for the grafting of our red varieties which were added the following year. Comprising nine varieties of grapes over 400 acres of estate vineyards, a modern fully integrated winemaking facility and a passion for excellence, Spy Valley consistently produces globally acclaimed award winning wines. There’s not much sweetness on the palate — it’s certainly on the dry side — but that acidity drives it on and on and on. There were also fears of Covid-19 itself. The emphasis is on fruit definition, mid-palate fullness, subtlety, complexity and elegance ensuring that the wines will age gracefully; a hallmark of Alpha Domus. With meticulous attention to detail, Hans’ famed wines have stolen hearts all over the world and with an eclectic array of 29 different grape varieties there is something for everyone. While a virtual visit is OK, nothing can replace the experience of actually being here. Owned and run by Jules and her husband George, Jules Taylor Wines is the successful result of big dreams, hard work and a dedicated team. comprised predominantly from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. As a result they have been quick to capture the attention of connoisseurs and critics alike for their alluring, internationally award winning wines of outstanding character, complexity, balance and grace. Ceres is a Central Otago wine company owned by one of the industries pioneering wine families- The Dicey's. They all cost less than $50, and many of them cost a great deal less. Quartz Reef vinifies wines of outstanding flavour and intensity. All Fromm wines have an uncompromising emphasis on texture and drinkability. Over the past decade, we’ve seen the emergence of new biodynamic and organic wines, of “natural” wines made with minimal intervention, of long-marginalised varieties and long-forgotten winemaking techniques. The Saint Clair name originates from the vineyard property, first settled by the Sinclair family. The limestone slopes are studded with marine fossils creating a truly unique landscape on which to grow our grapes. It is a name that reflects our new world setting; here, we work on the margins, perched on the edge in the southernmost wine growing region on earth. Stonecroft is a small, family owned winery in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. This was the top scorer of the family — complex, petrolly, oaky, with good palate weight, a touch of sweetness and a long finish.$38 TOP 10, Hans and Therese Herzog have been in Marlborough for nearly 30 years and now produce a huge range of wines — 26 different varieties — on an 11.5ha vineyard. Today we grow 9 varietals across the two regions, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah. Over time there has been a need for growth. Medium bodied, with a leafy, complex nose, this was a delicious, juicy wine. John recognised the outstanding potential of Hawkes Bay's Gimblett Gravels winegrowing district and in 1993 Trinity Hill became one of the region's early pioneers, planting grape vines on a barren plot on the former bed of the Ngaruroro River. Our 4 hectare north-facing vineyard, sloping down to lakes and flanked by native bush, was planted in 1995. The combination of the north-east facing terraces and the warmth of the lake has given us a unique terroir which enables us to produce a wine which is reflective of the strengths of Central Otago - structure and complexity. If it was, Huia would get greater recognition for some of the stellar wines produced by the organic, biodynamic viticulture and winemaking it practises in Marlborough. For some, the nose is a little confected and, while the alcohol is stated at 14.5%, it also seems a touch hot, but — and this is a big but — there is a depth to the palate that really is quite captivating. The wines here all have personality and individuality; they tend to offer something a little different. May 16, 2020. The Two Sisters vineyard grows quietly on a steep north facing slope and is managed with minimal intervention. Daniel pioneered the specific growing techniques and production methods at that time. Tim and Judy Finn planted their first vines at Neudorf in the late seventies, a time of rejuvenation and renaissance in the New Zealand wine industry. Taught, fresh, lightly poised but super-interesting, this is lovely stuff.$40. Typically our yields are between 3.5 and 4.5 tonnes / hectare and we believe that cropping at this very low level is a key contributor to the concentration of our wines. The fruit is handpicked and whole-bunch pressed, then naturally fermented and aged in a concrete egg for 11 months. We are passionate about creating elegant, expressive wines, bursting with a sense of place. The largest Quartz Reef deposit in New Zealand lies beneath the vines at Bendigo Station. At Prophet’s Rock, we are committed to sustainable wine production. The Solera is a combination of one barrel of 2012 pinot gris and pinot blanc, two barrels of 2016 pinot gris and three barrels of 2017 pinot blanc, with a dash of riesling — all from the Kerner Vineyard in Marlborough. This wine is already starting to show some developed notes, with quite a Bordeaux-esque profile overall. A really intriguing concoction of flavours, with some stemmy notes, a bit of toasty oak and some bacon fat. A touch of sweetness helps the luscious body of this wine take on some lovely palate weight. Denis loves the wide-open spaces, the lakes, mountains and bush of the South Island, and in 1995 he purchased the land in the Gibbston Valley, which was to become the Hawkshead Vineyard. “ We stayed at a local Vineyard but having stayed at this hotel about 12 years ago and had a great time decided to return for diner. Mount Riley Wines is a family owned and run Marlborough winery. Our cultures allow very long, very regular ferments: most of our whites ferment for more than a year. Explore the New World Wine Awards 2020. Te Whare Ra (TWR) is a small vineyard and winery located in the Marlborough sub-region of Renwick, owned by winemakers – Anna & Jason Flowerday. At Alpha Domus our philosophy is to produce premium wines from Hawke's Bay, fully representative of their terroir. Ostler Vineyards is a boutique producer of wines of distinction in the South Island’s Waitaki Valley. We also produce Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris across three tiers. Destiny Bay is a small family owned and operated specialist producer of critically acclaimed estate bottled Cabernet Blend wines. We believe the limestone contributes sought-after mineral characters. Free-draining soils, hot summers and long, dry autumns make Martinborough the perfect region for growing traditional cool-climate wines. The Seifried family really are, pioneering family winegrowers. Hopefully, this is the starting point for a great deal of discovery, discussion and, well, pleasure. Our aim is to grow grapes of the highest quality, which fully express the features of the vineyard, and to handle these with the utmost respect. At Cable Bay Vineyards, our vision is to hand-craft wines from the highest quality fruit grown in small lot, premium sites. A real summer wine with notes of apricot and lemon iced tea, it has decent, rounded palate weight and good length, helped along by albariño’s unshakeable acidity.$30. His has been a key role in the development of both viticulture and wine style and is keen to ensure there is no barrier between vineyard and winery efforts. 10: New wine bar Candela, food happenings, Metro Eats No. These shallow, fast draining, low fertility soils reduce vine vigour and help produce a lush, aromatic ripe wine. Yes, we all care about a good drop — but increasingly, that means different things to different people at different times. Located at the Eastern End of Waiheke Island, Man O’ War is a stunning array of coastal hillsides with high cliffs and pristine beaches forming a ruggedly beautiful coastline. The wine is super dry and crisp, with racy acidity and an almost powdery texture. This is a pretty, aromatic wine.$40, While Eaton’s Fortissimo is a family effort, son Harrison Eaton is quick to point out that the Mélange project is entirely separate and entirely his own. These are the best boxed wine brands and grape varieties to sip on. The first record of a Le Brun planting vines in Champagne is in 1684. All too often, though, this comes at the expense of approachability. The classic pairing of tempranillo in the winery is to age the wine in American oak (as is traditional in Rioja), and there are definite vanilla hints associated with the type of oak in this wine. These plantings were the visionary response by a small group of enthusiastic investors led by Derek Milne, to a 1978 DSIR survey that revealed that the closest New Zealand climatic analog to Burgundy (the French home of Pinot Noir) was to be found in the small rain shadow centred on the township of Martinborough. You could not ask for a better summer white wine.$38, Pegasus Bay should need no introduction — the Waipara estate has been producing top-notch wines since ages ago, with winemaker Matt Donaldson heading up the efforts in the cellar for nearly 30 years. These responsibilities enabled him to gain a real insight into and understanding of the often sensitive issues of conservation and land use. We’re unashamedly most interested in the wines grown in our own backyard (only three of the 50 are from elsewhere). Designed to complement your food, not overpower it, these wines work perfectly alongside many different dishes. This wine belies its warm regional climate by showing some lovely freshness with some classic chardonnay notes of toast and lemon curd, but there are quince hints, too. Subtle in flavour yet offering a complete experience in every glass, both the Pinot Noir and the Sauvignon Blanc provide a memorable experience. Blind River offers wine lovers small quantities of evocative, handmade Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir that carry an authentic expression of Marlborough’s Awatere Valley. It should be a fairly uncontroversial concept that an atypical glass of pinot noir can still be a great wine. Established by Marcel Giesen and Sherwyn Veldhuizen in 1997. In 2003 a new 1 hectare block was established with more Pinot Gris and Petit Verdot, giving us a total of 5 hectares planted. This won’t be everyone’s cup of tea but believe me, it’s worth finding out which side of the fence you’re on.$45, Again, how much you enjoy this pinot is going to depend on what style of pinot noir you like. All Simon’s skill and experience combine to capture the essence of Marlborough in wines of purity, focus and elegance. There’s also a definite lees component and a touch of reduction, likely due to the “full solids” nature of the ferment (i.e. Ulrike studied Food Technology and has worked in the hospitality industry. Organics and biodynamics are alive and well. It is a brand that has, since its first vintage in 1998, gained a reputation both domestically and internationally as one of New Zealand’s iconic wine brands. 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