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. Kumeu River 2018 Sauvignon Blanc
    Special Price £12.74 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
  2. Te Awa 2014 Left Field Malbec
    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
  3. Stonecroft 2015 Crofters Syrah
    Stonecroft is the pioneer producer of Syrah from New Zealand. The region of Hawkes Bay is making some superb examples... Learn More
  4. Te Awa 2014 Single Estate Syrah
    A masterful Syrah from the Gimblett Gravels in Hawkes Bay, an old dried up river bed with free draining poor soils that... Learn More
  5. 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
  6. Seresin 2013 Memento Riesling
    Seresin's take on Mosel Riesling. Off dry and highly mineral with notes of granny smiths and just a touch of stoned... Learn More
  7. Kumeu River 2017 Estate Chardonnay
    A cool, elegant, restrained nose of hazelnut and white flowers. The palate is elegant and hugely complex but has great... Learn More
  8. 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
  9. Seresin 2016 Syrah
    This 2016 is the first vintage of Seresin's exciting Syrah. Despite being their first commercial release this is... Learn More
  10. Seresin 2012 Chiaroscuro
    Chiarascuro is an aptly named wine. The term is used for contrasting light and dark in photographic compositions. Not... Learn More
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