New Zealand Winemakers.

Text from an article by Bob Campbell (Master of Wine)

"If you thought you knew all the best names in New Zealand wine, think again. NZ editor Bob Campbell MW unearths the quiet achievers who are being tipped as the new guard of winemakers we will be talking about in 2009.

Anyone who has a few bottles of 1982 Te Mata Coleraine, 1991 Neudorf Chardonnay or 1997 Felton Road Pinot Noir will feel pretty smug that they spotted a winner before those wineries developed cult status. They’ll also deserve to feel smug about having paid a less-than-heroic price for their treasured bottles.

I do most of my tasting blind so when I unveil a top-scoring bottle and don’t recognize the label I take a special interest in the producer. An increasing number of new winemakers are getting off to a strong start because they are well financed, have done the hard yards when prospecting for good vineyard sites and have a clear vision of what they want to achieve and how they are going to get there.

Central Otago

Kingsmill Wines.

Kingsmill has only made four wines: two vintages of Pinot Noir and Riesling. I’ve tasted three of them. I gave both vintages (2006 and 2007) of pinot noir a resounding gold-medal rating, and a high silver-medal score to the 2007 Kingsmill Riesling. That’s a good start.

It’s easy to understand the secret behind the success when you visit the small vineyard of owners Phillip Horn and Donna Abrams. It’s in the throbbing heart of Bannockburn, Central Otago’s most successful wine district. The wine is made by Matt Connell at neighbouring winery Olssens.

Only a few hundred cases of pinot noir are made each year, but you can buy it through the winery’s website; a six bottle carton of the terrific 2007 vintage retails for a relatively reasonable NZ$270 plus freight.”

Gourmet Traveller Wine, Feb/Mar 2009