Sean Spratt, Owner, General Manager and Winemaker stated: “We place a lot of emphasis on creating distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blends that reflect the inspirational character of Waiheke Island and the magic of New Zealand. It is difficult and expensive to make wines of this caliber, and even harder to do it year after year.” Spratt adds, “I am particularly pleased that the first release of our signature wine style, the 2005 Magna Praemia, was recently increased to 94/100. We make these wines to be approachable when young and to age gracefully. It is reassuring to receive confirmation that we are achieving this from Robert M. Parker, Jr.’s, The Wine Advocate.”
Destiny Bay Vineyards also announced that an analysis of all New Zealand Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blends rated in The Wine Advocate and reported in eRobertParker.com as of November 22, 2013 reveals that the combined average rating of Destiny Bay’s Magna Praemia and Mystae Cabernet Sauvignon blends rank them as number 1. The analysis includes 112 wines from 19 producers with at least three wines rated from 1996 to 2011.