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 2015 Merlot Cabernet Private Bin Hawkes Bay
    Villa Maria excels at producing high quality everyday wines. This wine is from their Hawkes Bay estate and has complex... 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. 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
  4. Seresin 2016 Syrah
    This 2016 is the first vintage of Seresin's exciting Syrah. Despite being their first commercial release this is... Learn More
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