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. Greywacke 2018 Sauvignon Blanc
    Special Price £14.39 Regular Price £17.99
    Greywacke is the cult Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from Kevin Judd, the former winemaker at Cloudy Bay. Kevin now has... Learn More
  2. Stonecroft 2015 Crofters Syrah
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    Stonecroft is the pioneer producer of Syrah from New Zealand. The region of Hawkes Bay is making some superb examples... Learn More
  3. 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
  4. Seresin 2013 Memento Riesling
    Special Price £15.99 Regular Price £19.99
    Seresin's take on Mosel Riesling. Off dry and highly mineral with notes of granny smiths and just a touch of stoned... Learn More
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Seresin 2014 Leah Pinot Noir
    Special Price £19.19 Regular Price £23.99
    Seresin is known as the best source in Marlborough for Pinot Noir. Quite pale in colour but very intense in aromatics.... Learn More
  8. Seresin 2016 Syrah
    Special Price £19.99 Regular Price £24.99
    This 2016 is the first vintage of Seresin's exciting Syrah. Despite being their first commercial release this is... Learn More
  9. Kumeu River 2014 Hunting Hill Pinot Noir
    Special Price £20.79 Regular Price £25.99
    Kumeu River's top Pinot Noir. Unlike other NZ Pinots, this is a subtle wine, very much Burgundian, perhaps even... Learn More
  10. Greywacke 2016 Wild Sauvignon
    Special Price £21.59 Regular Price £26.99
    This is Kevin Judd's take on a wild-ferment Sauvignon Blanc, which moves away in style from conventional Marlborough... Learn More
  11. Seresin 2012 Chiaroscuro
    Special Price £23.19 Regular Price £28.99
    Chiarascuro is an aptly named wine. The term is used for contrasting light and dark in photographic compositions. Not... Learn More
  12. Villa Maria 2014 Seddon Vineyard Pinot Noir
    Special Price £23.99 Regular Price £29.99
    This is the top Pinot Noir from Villa Maria grown on a single vineyard in the Awatere Valley of Marlborough on an old... Learn More
  13. Kumeu River 2017 Hunting Hill Chardonnay
    Special Price £27.19 Regular Price £33.99
    Hunting Hill is the epitome of elegant Chardonnays from the new world. Almost indistinguishable from top white... Learn More
  14. Kumeu River 2017 Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay
    Special Price £31.99 Regular Price £39.99
    Mate's Vinyeard is Kumeu River's top Chardonnay made from their oldest vines. This is slightly different in style to... Learn More
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