A 113-year-old bottle of wine, thought to be the oldest ever opened in New Zealand, has been deemed ‘superb’ by critics. All 12 local and international wine writers who took part in the sampling agreed on its fault-free quality.
“This wine is like a 100-year-old human which is still not ready to die,” said German sommelier Markus Berlinghof.
Bottled by an early Wairarapa settler in 1903, the Landsowne Claret was a blend of pinot noir, pinot meunier and syrah. Having been cellared, some bottles have survived through more than a century and are now valued at $14,000 each.