During 2010 we tasted (drank) 122 wines from our cellar – Our wines come from attendance at wine tastings and purchases at fine wine merchants. Most wines in our cellar are those we have already tasted, and liked so much that we purchased them.

Please note – these are wines from our cellar during 2010 – ratings were made at the time of drinking. * Wines that have been submitted for review by NZ wineries are kept separate and are reviewed here on our Blog.

Wines this year covered mainly New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Spain and the USA – these ranged in quality with our ratings from 12 up to 19 points out of 20 (60 to 95 out of 100.)

47 Wines scored a Bronze Medal (39%), 27 Wines a Silver Medal (22%) and 31 a Gold Medal (25%) – 17 wines did not make the grade (14%)

Here are our top 31 wines for 2010


Auburn Estate Twilight Riesling Central Otago NZ 2009
Crossroads Elms Vineyard Reserve Syrah Hawkes Bay NZ 2007
Crossroads Talisman Blend Hawkes Bay NZ 2007
Esk Valley Gimblett Gravels Merlot/Cab Sav/ Malbec Hawkes Bay NZ 2008
Gibbston Valley Pinot Noir Central Otago NZ 2006
Greystone Wines Pinot Gris Waipara NZ 2008
Kahuranhgi Estate Mt Arthur Moutere Chardonnay Nelson NZ 2008
Koura Bay Blue Duck Pinot Noir Marlborough NZ 2006
Gold Lime Rock Merlot Hawkes Bay NZ 2006
Lime Rock Pinot Noir Hawkes Bay NZ 2006
Pegasus Bay Sauvignon / Semillon Waipara NZ 2008
Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz South Australia AUS 2007
Peregrine Sauvignon Blanc Otago NZ 2010
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 9 Big John Riesling Marlborough NZ 2007
Saint Clair Omaka Reserve Pinot Noir Marlborough NZ 2007
Saltram Mamre Brook Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa AUS 2006
Sherwood Estate Heritage Collection Chardonnay Waipara NZ 2006
Thorn Clarke Sandpiper Shiraz Barossa AUS 2008
Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough NZ 2010

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Delegats Reserve Pinot Noir Marlborough NZ 2007
Greystone Wines Pinot Gris Waipara NZ 2008
Mills Reef Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec Hawkes Bay NZ 2008


Alan Scott Riesling Marlborough NZ 2008
Allan Scott Scott Base Pinot Noir Central Otago NZ 2008
Cottage Block Syrah Hawkes Bay NZ 2007
Man O’ War Syrah Waiheke Island NZ 2007
Penfolds Bin 138 Bin 138 Grenache / Mouverdre / Shiraz Barossa AUS 2007
Peregrine Saddleback Pinot Noir Central Otago NZ 2007
Petter Evans Pinot Noir Waipara NZ 2006
Saint Clair Estate Pioneer Block 10 Chardonnay Marlborough NZ 2007
Yalumba Bush Old Vine Grenache Barossa AUS 2007


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