Come on New Zealand own up, just what did you do to Robert Parker, Jr.? It must have been something out of the ordinary to deserve this.
The cool-climate wines of New Zealand have long been popular with wine critics. But to me, the pinot noirs are often too vegetal and green, the sauvignon blancs reminiscent of cat pee, and the chardonnays grotesquely over-oaked. This is a country of young wine producers where everything remains a work in progress, but for now the prices of these wines do not translate to quality in the bottle. Robert parker, Business Week online, February 7th, 2007.
Let me see if I can picture it. Ah yes, the images are forming readily in my mind as I write. Parker, on his way from his last encounter with big bruising Barossa Shiraz decides to stop off in New Zealand for a little R&R. The international port of call would have to be Auckland, and someone (we are never likely to know whom) decides to take the all seeing, all knowing master critic of Bordeaux to Waiheke Island to taste New Zealand Bordeaux. That, of course, would be the first mistake. But then, with Parker’s penchant for paying his own way, insult is heaped upon insult as he finds himself paying outrageous sums of money (OK, so its only NZ $s) just for a taste of what seems to be barely above vin ordinaire. Two wrongs don’t make a right, and as our critic wings his way eastward, back to the safety of fortress America, his fingers flash across the keyboard of his laptop. “The cool climate wines of New Zealand………..