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New Zealand

In terms of wine history, New Zealand has come from obscurity to international renown in just 30 years. Quite a feat for a country with a population of just over four million people.

Broken into two islands, Marlborough in the south is known for its aromatic, zesty, gooseberry-packed Sauvignons, whereas the red from Hawkes Bay have developed a repuation to rival Bordeaux.

In terms of wine history, New Zealand has come from obscurity to international renown in just 30 years. Quite a feat for a country with a population of just over four million people.

Broken into two islands, Marlborough in the south is known for its aromatic, zesty, gooseberry-packed Sauvignons, whereas the red from Hawkes... read more.

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Where would the New Zealand wine industry be without Cloudy Bay and Sauvignon Blanc? Fortunately we will never have to know. That famous partnership was forged at a time in the 1980s when New Zealand was discovering its potential and it gave momentum and exposure to winemakers who continue to excel and explore. White wines are dominant in the largely cool climate, but Pinot Noir is a star and other reds are on the rise.

History

The vine arrived in New Zealand with the English missionary Samuel Marsden in 1819, but it was almost twenty years before a British official, James Busby, made the first wine.  His vineyard was destroyed in a clash with the Maori in 1845 and an industry did not develop until over a hundred years later.  Investment and interest began in the sixties, initially on the North Island, but it was experimentation on the cooler South Island that brought the startling results of the Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs.

Climate and Conditions

New Zealand has a climate with more similarities to Europe than any other major New World producer.  This has given it a niche that it has rapidly learnt to fill with extraordinary aptitude.  The North Island is warmer and more dependable when it comes to the ripening of grapes, whilst the South Island is harder work but can be more rewarding.  Over 10 degrees of latitude separate the most northerly and southerly vineyards, a length which few other countries can match.

Wines of Today

New Zealand produces a tiny percentage of the world's wine, but its small population ensures that much is exported.  The boom which began in the eighties has never subsided and, with a refreshing lack of complacency, improvement and innovation have continued apace.  New Zealand Pinot Noir is just as likely to be served in the finest restaurants as a Sauvignon Blanc and everyday wine production can compete on the shelves.  The industry punches far above its weight and will continue to do so.

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  1. Pelorus Cloudy Bay, New Zealand

    Pelorus Cloudy Bay, New Zealand 75cl

    Outstanding! A complex wine with rich fruit flavour.

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  2. Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

    Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2017 75cl

    Arguably New Zealand's most famous Sauvignon and the one that set its popularity off. refreshing citrus, freshly cut grass and gooseberry notes on the nose and joined by tropical fruit and a well balanced minerality on the palate.

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  3. Domain Road Sauvignon Blanc, Otago

    Domain Road Sauvignon Blanc, Otago, 2016 75cl

    Mouthwatering tropical fruit aromas with a hint of sweet passionfruit. On the palate this wine shows delicious, zesty Sauvignon Blanc fruit with a touch of lime on the finish.

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  4. Domain Road Sauvignon Blanc, Otago

    Domain Road Pinot Gris, Otago, 2017 75cl

    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 this develops nicely to tropical flavours in the mouth, with the finish generous and long.

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  5. Little Beauty Dry Riesling, Marlborough

    Little Beauty Dry Riesling, Marlborough, 2017 75cl

    Bursting with flavours of fresh lime, waxy lemon and honeysuckle.  Fine, balanced, refreshing.

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  6. McCorkindale Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

    McCorkindale Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2017 75cl

    Intensely aromatic, this wine bursts with flavours of gooseberry and redcurrants and has hints of passionfruit and lime zest.

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  7. Mirror Lake Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

    Mirror Lake Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2016 75cl

    Classic Gooseberry led Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Fresh and delicious.

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  8. Seresin Reserve Chardonnay, Marlborough, 2013

    Seresin Reserve Chardonnay, Marlborough, 2013 75cl

    A deeply concentrated wine with poise and elegance. An all encompassing mouth feel and generous acidity which works beautifully with the crisp citrus fruits and racy minerality. The finish is multi-layered and complex with a hint of gun smoke.

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  9. Snapper Rock Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

    Snapper Rock Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2017 75cl

    Aromas of gooseberry develop on a very crisp palate that hints at blackcurrant leaf. The finish is ever-so-slightly grassy.

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  10. Taringi Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough,2015

    Taringi Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2017 75cl

    A classic expression of Marlborough Sauvignon. Notes of gooseberry and rip gauva on the nose blanaced with a fresh crisp palate that is fruit and dry on the finish.

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  11. Wave Rider Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

    Wave Rider Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2016 75cl

    This is a great example of Sauvignon Blanc fruit from Marlborough. Packed full of zesty tropical fruit balanced with a lemon and passion-fruit finish, this wine is well balanced and very easy drinking.

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  12. McCorkindale Sauvignon Blanc (Magnum), Marlborough, 2014

    McCorkindale Sauvignon Blanc (Magnum), Marlborough, 2016 150cl

    Enjoy a magnum bottle of our excessively popular New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Intensely aromatic, this wine bursts with flavours of gooseberry and redcurrant and has hints of passionfruit and lime zest.

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