Rockburn’s highly acclaimed 2013 Pinot Noir from Central Otago added international ratings by the world’s leading wine publications to its scorecard, after receiving 92pt by The Wine Enthusiast and a 90pt rating by The Wine Spectator.

“We are thrilled to be recognised by these top US wine publications, especially after launching our wines into the States, the largest wine market in the world, only a few months ago,” said general manager, Paul Donaghy.

“We teamed up with American Estates Wines as our exclusive US importer last year, who are very passionate about our wines and we’re pleased that our highly acclaimed Central Otago wines can now also be enjoyed by American wine lovers.”

Recently, the boutique producer’s flagship wine scored double Gold for its 2013 and 2014 vintages at the Drinks Business Global Pinot Noir Masters tastings in the UK.

Since September last year, the longest operating importer of New Zealand wines to the US, American Estates Wines, has represented Rockburn and its sister brand Devil Staircase Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.

Founded in 1986 by George Galey, American Estates Wines selects, imports and markets single vineyard and small estate wines from New Zealand, Australia, Chile, in addition to its domestic portfolio.