Wine critic Tyson Stelzer released his Australian and New Zealand Wines of the Year 2017 list on 4 June.
Stelzer picked out his top selections out of more than 2,500 wineries in Australia, and 800 in New Zealand.
“Australia drinks more than 700 million bottles of wine every year, and among these there are more varieties, more brands and more regions to get your head around than ever. Inevitably, growing diversity sadly means there are more mediocre wines to avoid,” he wrote upon releasing the list.
“And yet in the midst of this maelstrom the truly great wines have never shone brighter. Grand estates small and large, fastidiously tending dramatic terroirs; resilient folk toiling season after season, outfacing the ever more dramatic extremes of this great south land, painstakingly coaxing their fragile fruits into remarkable wines.”
For the first year, Stelzer has not recommended any wines under $10. He noted that with the cost of production, he wanted to focus on premium wine production, and that “there are no great wines under $10”.
Stelzer, is a multi-award winning wine writer, television presenter and international speaker. He was named The International Wine & Spirit Communicator of the Year 2015 in the International Wine & Spirit Competition.
Oakridge wines, who were listed twice on the list, noted that: “Inclusion in his annual report is a great honour for our winery.”