“Well worth seeking out, the Magna Praemia evoking that oft-heard and dare I say, often misused phrase of ‘iron fist in a velvet glove’, its cashmere texture alluring and irresistible, reminiscent of a great Cabernet-based Right Bank wine like Château Figeac.” –Neal Martin of eRobertparker.com


“The wines of Destiny Bay have great class and are delicious” –Gerard Basset, MW, MS, Sommelier of the Year


“Very impressive wine indeed – it ranks as one of the best blended NZ reds I’ve ever tasted.” –Bob Campbell MW on the 2006 Magna Praemia


“I became convinced that this small spot is producing some of New Zealand’s—and the world’s—best reds.” —Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel – 2007 Magna Praemia 98/100


“From a site on the island’s south side, this is a classy blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (46%) with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Fragrant and dark, with a strong surge of ripe, berryish, spicy flavour, it is firm, complex and youthful, with loads of personality. 5-Stars –Michael Cooper


“Shows a restrained muscularity more reminiscent of a gymnast than a heavyweight boxer.” –Paul White, contributing writer to Decanter & World of Fine Wine


“A wine any serious wine drinker should have in their cellar” –John Hawkesby on the 2006 Magna Praemia in World Magazine

“Destiny Bay, world class bordeaux blends from New Zealand” –Erik Kwok, Master Sommelier Hong Kong


“Expect elegant structure, smooth mouthfeel, delicate balance and beautifully nuanced flavors in every glass of extremely limited Destiny Bay wine.” –Bottlenotes.com


“It has the potential to be an outstanding New Zealand red of classed growth standard…” –Geoff Kelly on the 2007 Magna Praemia


“Dark and rich with lush texture and fresh berry fruit; lovely structure, great length and racy acidity; smooth, intense and totally balanced.” –Anthony Dias Blue on the 2005 Mystae / Aeolus


“The 2005 and 2006 Magna Praemia are superb. I have never drunk a wine before that matched the superlatives! These are truly great wines that will alter perceptions.” –David McGregor, Senior Partner Bell Gully and Secretary New Zealand Wine Institute