New Zealand

New Zealand


Brits have fallen in love with the wines of New Zealand. The affair probably has much to do with the colonial heritage, but it also has a great deal to do with the excellent, benchmark wines that are produced here. The story must begin with Sauvignon Blanc, but certainly doesn’t end there. Since the 1970s the region of Marlborough has become the go-to area, perhaps in the world, for bright, crystalline ‘Savs’ which gave the French something to think about. But now, it is becoming as equally famous for its Pinots, which are now beyond just being less expensive alternatives to Burgundy, instead showing regional characteristics, from the dark cherry and spice of Central Otago to the brawn and dried herbs of Martinborough.

A special mention goes to the Chardonnays of Kumeu River of Auckland, as these are some of the most remarkable wines from this variety in the Southern Hemisphere.

Richard Ballantyne MW

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  1. Taringi 2013 Pinot Noir
    Fragrant red cherries. Quite a light bodied Pinot but crammed with flavour and aromatics. Brilliant winemaking Learn More
  2. Kumeu River 2018 Village Pinot Noir
    Light cherry colour with lovely aromatic of red cherries, but the palate is all black fruits, continuing with flavours... Learn More
  3. Mount Difficulty 2016 Roaring Meg Pinot Noir
    Mount Difficulty is my favourite producer of Central Otago Pinot Noir. Complex wines with notes of black cherry, spices... Learn More
  4. Seresin 2014 Leah Pinot Noir
    Seresin is known as the best source in Marlborough for Pinot Noir. Quite pale in colour but very intense in aromatics.... Learn More
  5. Kumeu River 2014 Hunting Hill Pinot Noir
    Kumeu River's top Pinot Noir. Unlike other NZ Pinots, this is a subtle wine, very much Burgundian, perhaps even... Learn More
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