Jukes and Stelzer unveil new Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification
The sixth Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification released this week by wine critics Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer has seen 23 new wineries join the list.
The classification is based on a rolling average rating of the five most recent vintages and separates out wineries based on where they score in a one to five point scoring systm.
The Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification was introduced to showcase what Jukes and Stelzer believe are wineries worthy of being rewarded as much as any Bordeaux or Burgundy classification system.
In their summary of the classification Jukes and Stelzer said: “Every estate awarded a coveted position in this list is producing this mesmerising grape variety at a level of sophistication that we believe is worthy of your attention.
“The record number of estates in this year’s classification reflects the rise of New Zealand in producing Pinot Noir more successfully at every price
point than any other country in the world today. Burgundy, California and even Australia cannot keep pace with New Zealand’s top estates in
offering exciting pinot noir at affordable prices.
“We have never witnessed a jump in the standard of New Zealand Pinot Noir across all price points as dramatic as that of the past 12 months.”
They added: “New Zealand pinot noir has never spoken more articulately of the character of its place.”
The classification also reflects the difficult growing coniditions of the 2011 vintage where some wineries were unable to produce any wine at all.
But as Jukes and Stelzer point out “it is the challenging vintages that define the finest estates, and those ranked in the highest echelons of our Classification produced equally thrilling wines in both seasons (2010 and 20110).
Twenty three estates have been introduced to Classification for the first time in 2013 including Astrolabe, Bannock Brae, Black, Bracken’s
Order, Brennan, Clos Marguerite, Earth’s End, Jules Taylor, Kusuda, Nga Waka, Terra Sancta, Two Rivers, Vynfields, Waipara Hills, Whitehaven, Woollaston and Zephyr.
Wineries that have been promoted one or more levels include: Auntsfield, Black Quail, Burn Cottage, Framingham, Lowburn Ferry, Maude, Muddy Water, Nautilus, Quartz Reef and Rippon.
Rippon joins Ata Rangi, Bell Hill, Felton Road and Mount Difficulty in the highest Five Star classification.