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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
201690–93NYRA dry season in many regions resulted in intense wines; yields bounced back slightly from 2015
201592Drink or holdWines show excellent quality and concentration, yet spring frosts limited yields across most regions
201491Drink or holdA bumper harvest, with excellent wines across the board; particularly exciting in Hawkes Bay
201392Drink or holdWines 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
201190DrinkWarm and humid year, with showy wines; less concentrated than 2010
201092DrinkLow yields, with deep and structured wines; exceptional in Central Otago
200988DrinkWarm vintage; the best are perfumed and elegant
200885DrinkAbundant 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

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

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

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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