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Matthew Jukes releases annual NZ Pinot Noir Classification

Published:  20 March, 2012

Matthew Jukes, has released his fifth annual New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification, that places Ata Rangi, Bell Hill, Felton Road and Mt Difficulty, in top 'five star' position.

Compiled in conjunction with Australian wine journalist Tyson Stelzer and based on a rolling average rating of the five most recent vintages, it has been devised to highlight producers who make consistently excellent wines year after year.

The classification is aimed in contrast to "static" classifications such as the Bordeaux 1855 classification.

With 16 new wineries now making it into the classification, the total stands at 116, up from just 40 the first year this classification was released.

Jukes says: "We are very proud of The Great New Zealand Pinot Noir Classification and will continue to finesse and improve this work every year, in order to continue to offer consumers and the wine trade an accurate and up-to-date assessment of the dynamic and thrilling landscape of the finest Pinot Noirs of New Zealand."

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