They are testament to the skill and craft of New Zealand winemakers and the unique environment in which they are grown. Fine Wines of New Zealand aims to celebrate and showcase the very best of these wines. The result of an extensive annual search, this conclusive selection was created and curated by six of New Zealand’s leading wine experts in association with Air New Zealand. These are the finest wines New Zealand has to offer.
World-class quality and consistency – a high barrier to inclusion consisting of wine quality, wine pedigree and longevity. A wine that can truly stand the test of time as a world-class example of New Zealand’s finest wine.
Each of the panel members was charged with a specific wine variety. They undertook a rigorous search to find and then put forward their recommendation of what they considered to be the finest examples within each of their respective varietals.
These wines were then presented to 3 other members of the panel at the group tasting event. Each of the wines were tasted and robustly debated with a refined selection agreed on from the initial offering.
This refined selection was finally presented to the entire Fine Wines of New Zealand selection panel. The wines were once more tasted and debated, the wines that were collectively agreed upon made the list and if any member felt the wine did not meet the criteria it was excluded.
Air New Zealand Wine Consultant