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Vintage Charts

New Zealand: Pinot Noir
All Regions
Vintage Grid Back to 1961
Wallet Chart PDF

Vintage Score Drink Rec Description
201391-94NYREarly wines show tremendous concentration and structure, with powerful flavors
201291Drink or holdOne of the coolest years on record, affecting fruit set and resulting in low yields
201190Drink or holdWarm and humid year, with showy wines; less concentrated than 2010
201092Drink or holdLow yields, with deep and structured wines; exceptional in Central Otago
200988Drink or holdWarm vintage; the best are perfumed and elegant
200885Drink or holdAbundant crop in all regions; Martinborough wines stand out
200789DrinkMemorable for low yields; deep and complex
200685DrinkLarge crop, warm growing season; some wines overripe
200589DrinkSmall crop, cool growing season; dark, concentrated and supple wines
200485DrinkCool year; large crops in Central Otago and Martinborough
200384DrinkAverage quality, but balanced
200285DrinkEarly, with deep, perfumed and well-balanced wines; best in Central Otago
200185DrinkWarm, large vintage; balanced wines

A score range indicates preliminary analysis based on barrel samples and/or a limited sampling; many wines of the vintage not yet reviewed.

Vintage ratings: 95-100, classic; 90-94, outstanding; 85-89, very good; 80-84, good; 75-79, mediocre; 50-74, not recommended

Drinkability: "NYR" means the vintage has not yet been released; "drink" means most of the wines of the vintage are ready to drink; "hold" means most of the ageworthy wines have yet to fully mature; "past peak" means most of the wines are declining rather than improving.


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