From more than 10,000 wines tasted globally, an amazing 3 NZ Wines made the coveted James Suckling's World Top 20 Wines of 2014.
It's no secret we love these two wines - you would get very little argument if you said that both are the premier expressions of their respective varieties in NZ.
The list of wines that made James Suckling's Top 100, much less his Top 20, is a serious, international and very expensive one: Masseto, Mouton-Rothschild, Lafleur, Grange, d'Yquem, Screaming Eagle, La Mission Haut Brion, Clonakilla, Hill of Grace, Ornellaia… for two of NZ's top wines to be spoken of in such esteemed company is a true achievement for Kumeu River and Trinity Hill and a mark of how under-priced these wines are on a world stage.
As great wines have a habit of doing, both have improved dramatically since their release. I have been fortunate enough to revisit both wines and can confirm that they have both unfurled as we thought they would, though neither is within 5 years of its absolute best I should think, which makes them must haves for your cellar.
Winemakers Warren Gibson and Michael Brajkovich can take great pride in this landmark assessment of their flagship wines - Homage was rated ahead of the $700 of Hill of Grace while Mate's was the highest ranking Chardonnay out of the thousands tasted (beating Yattarna among others).