Fine wines of New Zealand revealed
A selection panel comprising Masters of Wine Alastair Maling, Michael Brajkovich, Sam Harrop, Simon Nash and Steve Smith along with Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas has agreed on the list for 2016 which includes 47 wines representing seven varietals.
This group of leading New Zealand wine experts met several times in late 2015 and in the first half of 2016 to define the criteria that had to be met for a wine to earn the prestigious Fine Wine of New Zealand status. One of the key criteria is consistency, with a wine having had to have been produced to an exceptional standard for a minimum of five consecutive years.
A wine could only earn its Fine Wine of New Zealand status if all of the selection panel, which was supported by Master of Wine Bob Campbell, agreed it met the highest of standards. This saw several wines drop out of contention.
"It's been a real pleasure to be involved in this process and play a part in promoting the country's very best wines. For New Zealand wine to truly compete on the world stage there needs to be an ongoing focus on quality and on continually lifting the game," says Master of Wine Michael Brajkovich.
Air New Zealand will start to feature wines from the Fine Wines of New Zealand selection in its Business Premier cabins from September.
Supporting the Fine Wines of New Zealand programme is another example of the airline's commitment to supercharging New Zealand's success, under the economic pillar of its sustainability framework.
"We play a significant role in taking New Zealand made products to the world and showcasing them throughout our customer experience. By partnering with these Masters of Wine, we are helping to lift the value perception of our nation's wine industry and drive higher financial returns," says Chief Flight Operations and Safety Officer David Morgan, who is also Deputy Chair of the Sustainable Business Council.
Air New Zealand Chief Operations Officer Bruce Parton says as a longstanding supporter of New Zealand's wine industry the airline is proud to share some of the country's leading wines, many of which retail for more than $100 a bottle, with its premium customers.
"We believe we can help further build awareness and appreciation of these world class wines with international travellers and propel leading New Zealand wineries to even greater commercial success. We will be doing this through promoting the wines on board via our inflight entertainment system, at offshore events and using our contacts internationally to help open up key export markets for the wineries should they need this support.
"Air New Zealand has carved out an enviable reputation globally for its premium on board wine selection over many years and we believe this latest commitment to the Fine Wines of New Zealand takes it to another level.
"I would like to acknowledge the efforts of the team of Masters of Wine and Master Sommelier to select the Fine Wines of New Zealand. It was important to us that these wines were selected independently of our existing wine programme. We look forward to working closely with the wine masters in the coming years to compile this list annually."
Air New Zealand's specialist inflight Wine Consultants who are based in New Zealand, China and the United States will select wines from the list to be showcased on board alongside its menu designed by award-winning New Zealand chefs Peter Gordon and Michael Meredith.
The Fine Wines of New Zealand for 2016:
Felton Road Dry Riesling 2014
Felton Road Block 1 Riesling 2015
Framingham F series Riesling Kabinett 2015
Johanneshof Cellars Gewürztraminer 2014
Stonecroft Gewürztraminer 2015
Te Whare Ra Toru SV5182 2014
Millton Vineyards Clos de Ste Anne Chenin Blanc 2014
Prophet's Rock Pinot Gris 2014
Dry River Pinot Gris 2014
- Bordeaux style
Te Mata Coleraine 2014
Craggy Range Sophia 2013
Villa Maria Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2013
Esk Valley The Terraces 2013
Stonyridge Vineyard Larose 2014
Church Road Tom 2013
Kumeu River Mate's Vineyard 2014
Neudorf Moutere 2011
Sacred Hill Riflemans 2014
Dog Point 2013
Felton Road Block 2 2010
Villa Maria Keltern Vineyard 2014
- Dessert wines
Forrest Wines Botrytised Riesling 2012
Framingham Wines Noble Riesling 2013
Framingham Wines 'F' Gewürztraminer 2014
- Pinot Noir
Felton Road Block 3 2013
Burn Cottage 2014
Valli Bannockburn 2014
Rippon Vineyards Tinkers Field 2012
Bell Hill 2012
Ata Rangi 2013
Dry River 2013
Craggy Range Aroha 2013
- Sauvignon Blanc
Cloudy Bay Te Koko 2011
Astrolabe Province 2015
Dog Point 2015
Saint Clair Reserve Wairau 2015
Akarua Vintage Brut 2010
Deutz Blanc de Blanc Vintage 2011
Quartz Reef Vintage 2010
Craggy Range Le Sol 2013
Trinity Hill Homage 2013
Bilancia La Collina 2013
Te Mata Bullnose 2014
Issued by Air New Zealand Public Affairs ph +64 21 747 320
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