In his recent book wine critic Robert Parker comments positively on 5 New Zealand wineries. Good on him to recognize what the rest of the world has been commenting on for some time.
Almost a year ago Oz Clarke said “New Zealand is making some of the most thrilling wines in the world”
Matt Kramer from Wine Spectator recently suggested that Pinot Noir from Central Otago and Canterbury are excellent choices, as the great wines from Burgundy are no longer available, due to collectors in SE Asia snapping them up.
These are just two that pop into my head.
New Zealand wine is truly special and has a group of small producers that will delight every time, finding them is the challenge or maybe even a treasure hunt. This is one good reason to be on first name basis with your favorite wine shop or restaurant sommelier. These people are tasting a lot of wine on a regular basis and can guide you to some very special producers.
I am confident your efforts to experience more New Zealand wine will lead to many pleasurable evenings with friends and food.