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New Zealand Terroir

New Zealand Terroir

The British love of New Zealand wine continues, and thankfully, I see no end in sight for this love affair. Yet what I have seen is that the UK shopper generally does not think beyond Marlborough and Sauvignon Blanc, it's almost as though this has become a brand in it own right to the detriment of the country's smaller producers. So in this case I have sort to highlight the Gimblett Road and what make this region different and special.

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    • New Zealand
    • Hawke's Bay
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    • Hawke's Bay
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    • Origin
    • New Zealand
    • Hawke's Bay
    An outgoing, aromatic and refreshing wine, packed with gooseberry fruit. What sets this apart is an herbaceous character not common with New Zealand S... Read More
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    • Origin
    • New Zealand
    • Hawke's Bay
    An elegant Chardonnay which focuses on the beautiful structure so evident in this grape variety. Pristine fruit and balanced acidity are the backbone,... Read More
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So what makes the Gimblett Gravels situated in Hawkes bay on New Zealand's North Island so special? The district is strictly determined by the gravelly soils laid down by the old Ngaruroro River and makes up for an area covering some 800 hectors. To define the wines they have been heavily influenced by the French concept of terrior with the unique soil types of the region having a defining influence on the finished wine.

The reds from this region really dominate, with Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon making up a large proportion of grape cultivation. In fact, you could see some similarities with the red wines of Bordeaux here, a region that they will happily admit has had some considerable influence on the wine-making decisions. In contrast, the Sauvignon Blanc produced in Hawkes bay is more herbaceous in style than the in Marlborough, its arguably more famous cousin.

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