As with any year, 2015 closed with a number of lists of top wines appearing around the world. One of the most prominent and prolific critics, James Suckling, presented his Top 100 from around 9,000 tastings over the twelve months with contributing editor, Nick Stock.
In the context of the sheer number of wines tasted, and the reputation of so many of the names that appear, New Zealand’s scoop of five places represents a pleasing over representation given the mere fraction of world wine produced here.
From the Family perspective, the news is even better with Ata Rangi 2013 Pinot Noir and Neudorf 2014 Moutere Chardonnay making the list. What’s more, these two weren’t just a down-the-list inclusion, instead rating highly at number 5 and 11 respectively. Overall it was wonderful to see New Zealand wine performing so well achieving 40% of the Top 100 line up.
Anyway, that was last year, and now it’s onto the next one. Right now, all of us are looking at great things going on in the vineyards on the back of a superb season so far. Though with fingers and toes crossed that the weather plays ball in the next couple of months to deliver another excellent vintage.
By Ata Rangi