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. Villa Maria 2018 Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
    Special Price £7.99 Regular Price £9.99
    The 2018 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc showcases the best of what Marlborough has to offer. This delicious,... Learn More
  2. Villa Maria 2018 Private Bin Rosé
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    This delicious rosé from Hawkes Bay is mostly Merlot but has smaller parts of Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Malbec... Learn More
  3. Villa Maria 2015 Merlot Cabernet Private Bin Hawkes Bay
    Special Price £9.59 Regular Price £11.99
    Villa Maria excels at producing high quality everyday wines. This wine is from their Hawkes Bay estate and has complex... Learn More
  4. Villa Maria 2017 Cellar Selection Sauvignon Gris
    Special Price £10.39 Regular Price £12.99
    Sauvignon Gris is an unusual variety, not often found on its own, normally in blends. It is similar to its cousin,... Learn More
  5. 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
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