The result of an annual search, it is curated by six of New Zealand's leading wine experts — Masters of Wine Alastair Maling, Michael Brajkovich, Sam Harrop, Simon Nash and Steve Smith along with Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas.
Alastair Maling is Chair of Fine Wines of New Zealand, Chief Group Winemaker and Head of Viticulture at Foley Family Wines. With more than two decades of winemaking experience in France, Italy, Spain, Chile Argentina, South Africa, and now New Zealand, Alastair is one of our most decorated winemakers. His work has landed him numerous Winemaker of the Year awards, including White Winemaker of the Year at the prestigious International Wine Challenge in London.
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 is charged with a specific wine variety. Submissions are sought from the wine industry and the panel members then put forward their recommendation of what they consider to be the finest examples within each of their respective varietals.
These wines are then presented to three other members of the panel at the group tasting event. Each of the wines are tasted and robustly debated with a refined selection agreed on from the initial offering.
This refined selection is finally presented to the entire Fine Wines of New Zealand wine panel. The wines are once more tasted and debated, the wines that are collectively agreed upon made the list and if any member feels the wine did not meet the criteria it is excluded.
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