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 2018 Sauvignon Blanc
    Special Price £7.99 Regular Price £9.99
    A super-crisp and daisy fresh Sauvignon which has more than a little hint of kiwi about it. Scents of elderflower too.... Learn More
  2. Villa Maria 2018 Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
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    The 2018 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc showcases the best of what Marlborough has to offer. This delicious,... Learn More
  3. Taringi 2013 Pinot Noir
    Special Price £9.59 Regular Price £11.99
    Fragrant red cherries. Quite a light bodied Pinot but crammed with flavour and aromatics. Brilliant winemaking Learn More
  4. Kumeu River 2017 Village Chardonnay
    Special Price £11.19 Regular Price £13.99
    This wine is a great introduction to Kumeu River, my favourite producer of Chardonnay in the new world. Elegant, fine... Learn More
  5. Kumeu River 2017 Pinot Gris
    Special Price £11.19 Regular Price £13.99
    Kumeu River's Pinot Gris leans more towards Alsace than Italy. It is dry, but with great texture and aromatics of... Learn More
  6. Kumeu River 2018 Village Pinot Noir
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    Light cherry colour with lovely aromatic of red cherries, but the palate is all black fruits, continuing with flavours... Learn More
  7. Vidal 2016 Gimblett Gravels Reserve Syrah
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    The Syrah's coming out of Hawkes Bay's Gimblett Gravels are some of the best in the Southern Hemisphere and this wine... Learn More
  8. Leftfield 2018 Albarino
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    New Zealand is really catching up with exploring new varieties. Its not just about Sav anymore. Albarino is a great... Learn More
  9. Esk Valley 2016 Gimblett Gravels Merlot Cabernet Malbec
    Special Price £11.99 Regular Price £14.99
    Esk Valley excels at making robust, concentrated reds from the free draining soils of the Gimblett Gravels. This is one... Learn More
  10. Kumeu River 2018 Sauvignon Blanc
    Special Price £11.99 Regular Price £14.99
    Kumeu River returns to making Sauvignon Blanc. This is the first harvest from their new Hawkes Bay vineyard and it is... Learn More
  11. Leftfield 2015 Malbec
    Special Price £13.59 Regular Price £16.99
    There was a time when Malbec was quite popular in Bordeaux blends from Hawkes Bay but it fell out of fashion when Pinot... Learn More
  12. Stonecroft 2015 Crofters Syrah
    Special Price £14.39 Regular Price £17.99
    Stonecroft is the pioneer producer of Syrah from New Zealand. The region of Hawkes Bay is making some superb examples... Learn More
  13. Te Awa 2014 Single Estate Syrah
    Special Price £15.19 Regular Price £18.99
    A masterful Syrah from the Gimblett Gravels in Hawkes Bay, an old dried up river bed with free draining poor soils that... Learn More
  14. Mount Difficulty 2017 Roaring Meg Pinot Noir
    Special Price £15.99 Regular Price £19.99
    Mount Difficulty is my favourite producer of Central Otago Pinot Noir. Complex wines with notes of black cherry, spices... Learn More
  15. Kumeu River 2017 Estate Chardonnay
    Special Price £18.39 Regular Price £22.99
    A cool, elegant, restrained nose of hazelnut and white flowers. The palate is elegant and hugely complex but has great... Learn More
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