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Fine Wines of NZ named The Brothers Late Harvest makes the list for 2018

After an extensive tasting process, 67 wines have been named in the Fines Wines of New Zealand for 2018 – an annual list of the country’s most prestigious wines.


The programme is led by seven of New Zealand’s leading wine experts including Masters of Wine Alastair Maling, Michael Brajkovich, Sam Harrop, Simon Nash and Steve Smith along with Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas who compiled the list based on stringent criteria including provenance and excellence in winemaking over several releases.

Master of Wine and Fine Wines of New Zealand Chair Alastair Maling said it’s been exciting to see the programme evolve since its inception in 2016. “This year we took the conscious step of allowing wineries to submit their wines that they felt met the Fine Wines of New Zealand criteria and have them assessed alongside last year’s wines and others put forward by our panel. We had a fantastic response and I’m confident that the process that we went through the 2018 list celebrates the best of the very best,” Maling said.

Air New Zealand has been a patron of the Fine Wines of New Zealand since it began and provides marketing support for both the programme and the wineries themselves.
The airline showcases many of the wines on board its aircraft and at events both offshore and in New Zealand, including the recent dinner with President Obama in Auckland.

For more information on the Fine Wines of New Zealand, visit the website here.

The Fine Wines of New Zealand 2018 for the category of ‘Sweet Wines’ are:

  • Giesen The Brothers Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (Marlborough)
  • Forrest Wines Botrytised Riesling 2017 (Marlborough)
  • Framingham Wines Noble Riesling 2017 (Marlborough)
  • Villa Maria Reserve Noble Botrytis Riesling 2016 (Marlborough)