Vintage Charts

New Zealand: Pinot Noir

Vintage Score Drink Window Description
Vintage
2017
Score
89–92
Drink Window
NYR
Description
A cool, wet year resulted in yields down 9% from 2016 across the country, but the smaller crop led to more concentration in some wines
Description
A cool, wet year resulted in yields down 9% from 2016 across the country, but the smaller crop led to more concentration in some wines
Vintage
2016
Score
93
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A dry season in many regions resulted in intense wines; yields bounced back slightly from 2015
Description
A dry season in many regions resulted in intense wines; yields bounced back slightly from 2015
Vintage
2015
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Wines show excellent quality and concentration, yet spring frosts limited yields across most regions
Description
Wines show excellent quality and concentration, yet spring frosts limited yields across most regions
Vintage
2014
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
A bumper harvest, with excellent wines across the board; particularly exciting in Hawkes Bay
Description
A bumper harvest, with excellent wines across the board; particularly exciting in Hawkes Bay
Vintage
2013
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
Wines show tremendous concentration and structure, with powerful flavors
Description
Wines show tremendous concentration and structure, with powerful flavors
Vintage
2012
Score
91
Drink Window
Drink or hold
Description
One of the coolest years on record, affecting fruit set and resulting in low yields
Description
One of the coolest years on record, affecting fruit set and resulting in low yields
Vintage
2011
Score
90
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Warm and humid year, with showy wines; less concentrated than 2010
Description
Warm and humid year, with showy wines; less concentrated than 2010
Vintage
2010
Score
92
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Low yields, with deep and structured wines; exceptional in Central Otago
Description
Low yields, with deep and structured wines; exceptional in Central Otago
Vintage
2009
Score
88
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Warm vintage; the best are perfumed and elegant
Description
Warm vintage; the best are perfumed and elegant
Vintage
2008
Score
85
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Abundant crop in all regions; Martinborough wines stand out
Description
Abundant crop in all regions; Martinborough wines stand out
Vintage
2007
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Memorable for low yields; deep and complex
Description
Memorable for low yields; deep and complex
Vintage
2006
Score
85
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Large crop, warm growing season; some wines overripe
Description
Large crop, warm growing season; some wines overripe
Vintage
2005
Score
89
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Small crop, cool growing season; dark, concentrated and supple wines
Description
Small crop, cool growing season; dark, concentrated and supple wines
Vintage
2004
Score
85
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Cool year; large crops in Central Otago and Martinborough
Description
Cool year; large crops in Central Otago and Martinborough
Vintage
2003
Score
84
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Average quality, but balanced
Description
Average quality, but balanced
Vintage
2002
Score
85
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Early, with deep, perfumed and well-balanced wines; best in Central Otago
Description
Early, with deep, perfumed and well-balanced wines; best in Central Otago
Vintage
2001
Score
85
Drink Window
Drink
Description
Warm, large vintage; balanced wines
Description
Warm, 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.

SOURCE: WINE SPECTATOR