Hawkshead 2017 Pinot Gris. 2015 Riesling and Bannockburn Pinot Noir, and 2014 ‘First Vines’ Pinot Noir
Smoking Loon, La Crema, McManis and The Crusher Releases
Two Sisters Central Otago Pinot Gris 2016
Clearview Estate 2016 ‘Old Olive Block’, Enigma’ and ‘The Basket Press’
Ceres 2017 ‘Swansong’ Pinot Gris and 2016 ‘Composition’ Pinot Noir
Vicarage Lane Canterbury Pinot Noir 2016
Paddy Borthwick 2017 Riesling and Chardonnay, and 2016 Left Hand and Right Hand Pinot Noirs
Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2016
Villa Maria ‘Ngakirikiri’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Paxton ‘NOW’ Shiraz 2017 and Hogshead Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Kuru Kuru and Tarras Vineyards Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Red Queen Marlborough Pinot Nor Rosé 2017
Waipara Valley Wines Blanc de Blanc, 2016 Sauvignon, and 2016 Pinot Noir
Elephant Hill 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and Reserve Chardonnay
Aix Rosé, A Torres Selection and Lustau Vermut from EuroVintage
Mills Reef 2017 ‘Reserve’ Pinot Gris and Chardonnay
Nevis Bluff ‘Duke of Cromwell’ Pinot Blanc 2017, and 2017 Rosé, 2014 Pinot Gris and 2013 Pinot Noir
Smith and Sheth ‘CRU’ Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Syrah Releases
Palliser Estate Martinborough Pinot Gris 2017
Karikari Estates 2014 ‘Calypso’ and 2015 Chardonnays, 2016 Viognier and 2015 Syrah and Pinotage
Auntsfield 2016 ‘Single Vineyard’ Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
The Crossings ‘Wild’ Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Pisa Range Estate‘ Black Poplar’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2015
Z Wine ‘Rustica’ ‘Reserve’ Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Grava Wines 2016 Martinborough Sauvignon, Rosé, Riesling and Pinot Noir
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20.0/20 Perfect Score Wines

Following is a list of wines I have awarded 20.0/20 points, a ‘perfect' score to. Being relatively liberal and positive in outlook, I state that reaching the apex in scoring should be attainable. At this level of quality, much of the judgement is subjective and based on style. When a wine passes all the criteria technically and stylistically, then touches me emotionally, then I am moved to award the highest rating possible. It should be noted that these wines may have the slightest flaws, which result in even greater interest and character than without them, and the process of accepting these ‘imperfections', seemingly contradictory in semantic and philosophical terms, reflects my personal approach and are solely my own decisions. Pity those people who can never give the ultimate score, for they will never be satisfied. The wines are listed in chronological order of tasting.  The list will be updated as 20.0/20 scores are made.  The list will be most easily located under the 'Wine of the Week' tab (click here to see), 
Featured Reviews
These are wines tasted under more stringent conditions, submitted for ‘Feature Review', where the supplier is charged for the feedback service. These wines are taken into consideration when selecting my ‘Winery of the Year' and in my list of that year's ‘Outstanding Wines'.
Tasting Reviews
These are wines tasted in the format of structured tastings, or provided as samples not under the ‘Featured Reviews' procedure. The situations and conditions in which the wines are tasted may not be as conducive for in-depth appreciation as preferred, but they are wines which have still touched me as being of the very highest quality.


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