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South Island

South Island

The South Island is home to New Zealand's most famous wine, Cloudy Bay. It is has the country's largest wine-producing district Marlborough, and its most exciting new wines, the Pinot Noirs of Otago.

It is the ideal environment for one particular grape, Sauvignon Blanc, and has grown it with gusto, but this has not prevented successful experimenting in other directions.

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    • Origin
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    A delicious example of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Packed full of tropical fruit flavours with a mild touch of lemon. Crisp on the palate with a soft... Read More
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    A delicious rosé from Malrbrough. Aromas of sweet cherries and summer fruit with a fresh off dry finish. Soft and delicous. Read More
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    This is an elegant Pinot Noir made from hand-picked fruit from the Domain Road Vineyard in Bannockburn. This wine displays subtle velvety fruit with v... Read More
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    This Pinot Noir has a deep red colour and bursts with aromas of black cherry, blackberry, liquorice and smoky oak. Read More
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    The growing popularity of Pinot Gris in New Zealand is justified by this delicious off-dry wine. There is an abundance of stone fruit on the nose and ... Read More
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    Aromas of lemons and limes are also present on a very elegant palate that has some peach, apricot and hints of honey. The wines dry character brings b... Read More
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    • Origin
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    An excellent, refreshing gooseberry led Sauvignon with a mouthwatering finish from a renowned single estate winery in the Marlborough region. Read More
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    A genuinely exquisite and unique wine made in extremely small quantities by the renowned Little Beauty estate in Marlborough. This highly aromatic Sau... Read More
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    Bursting withflavours of fresh lime, waxylemonand honeysuckle. Fine, balanced, refreshing. Read More
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    Intensely aromatic and pleasingly luscious yet unlike any Gewurtztraminer I can think of with the classic floral notes mostly becoming apparent on the... Read More
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    Classic Gooseberry led Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh and delicious. Read More
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    Great value Sauvignon Blanc that delivers crisp gooseberry fruit in a refreshing and drinkable style. Read More
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    Evelyn has done it again! If there is ever a wine which tastes of nectar then this is it. delicate and beautiful with a rich persistent finish. Exquis... Read More
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    The classic tropical aromas of the Sauvignon Blanc grape are joined by soft juicy summer berries courtesy of small amounts of Pinot Noir.  Read More
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Expertise, understanding and a pioneering spirit have ensured success in the recent past and should continue to do so into the future. The story of the South Island may begin with Sauvignon Blanc, when it was planted here in the 1970s, but the plot has since thickened. Chardonnay has thrived, Riesling has produced some notable results and the Pinot Noir of Central Otago has set pulses racing. All three produce wonderful wines, but it is the sublime Sauvignon Blanc that remains the hero.

Climate and Conditions

Most of the wine-producing regions of the South Island shelter from the westerly winds behind the Southern Alps, and although this keeps off the worst of the cold it also denies the vines the rainfall they need. Irrigation is often required, especially in the Marlborough district, and this is a troublesome business. Nelson, which is not so protected by the mountains, has the opposite problem in the shape of autumnal rain.

Spring frosts are a risk throughout the region. It is fair to say that winemaking on the South Island requires dedication and expertise, but no one can deny that the results are worthwhile.

Key Vines

Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling are the most important grapes.

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