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Yalumba ‘The Scribbler’ Cabernet Shiraz 2015
Fairbourne Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Cambridge Road Martinborough 2016 ‘Animus Noir’ and 2017 and 2013 Pinot Noirs
Greenhough ‘Hope Vineyard’ 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Chardonnay and 2014 Riesling
Lamont Central Otago 2017 Pinot Gris, 2016 Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Nine Stones McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016
Vidal 2017 ‘Soler’ Chardonnay and 2016 ‘Legacy’ Syrah and Cabernet Merlot
Brennan 2017 Riesling and ‘Trio’, 2015 ‘B2’ Pinot Noir and 2014 Pinot Noir
Prophets Rock 2017 Pinot Gris. 2016 Dry Riesling, 2017 ‘Infusion’ and ‘Rocky Point’ Pinot Noirs and 2015 ‘Home’ Pinot Noir
Rapaura Springs ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017
Barrington ‘River Block’ Pinot Rosé 2017 – A Re-Look
Sherwood ‘Stoney Range’ and ‘Sherwood’ 2018 Waipara Sauvignon Blanc
Spade Oak ‘Voysey’ Pinot Gris 2018
Jackson Estate – A Broad Selection from a Marlborough Pioneer
Dunnolly Estate Waipara 2017 ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir
Dunes & Greene Sparkling and Yalumba Reds
Villa Maria ‘Cellar Selection’ Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay 2017
Mudbrick 2017 ‘Reserve’ Viognier, Chardonnay and Noble Riesling
Wairau River Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017
Three Miners Central Otago Riesling 2017
Tasman Bay, Latitude 41 and Goose Bay Wines from Spencer Hill
The Hedonist 2016 McLaren Vale Sangiovese, Shiraz and Cabernet
Trinity Hill Hawke’s Bay Pinot Gris 2017
Stanley Estates 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Albarino and ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay
The Ramsay 2015 Central Otago Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
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20.0/20 Perfect Score Wines


08-Dec-2012
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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