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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, 2015 75cl

    Arguably New Zealand's most famous Sauvignon and the one that set its popularity off. The 2015 is being famed as the best vintage for 20 years, so for this is a must for anyone who wants to rediscover why this wine put Marlborough on the wine-making map, and also for hose too young to have tried it when it was in its prime

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  3. Domain Road Sauvignon Blanc, Otago

    Domain Road Sauvignon Blanc, Otago, 2014 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, 2016 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. Domain Road Water Race Riesling, Otago

    Domain Road Water Race Riesling, Otago, 2014 75cl

    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 balance and combines perfectly for a finish of length and depth.

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  6. Kate Radburnd Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

    Kate Radburnd Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2014 75cl

    Fresh, lively crisp Marlborough Sauvignon with plenty of gooseberry flavours.

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  7. Little Beauty Black Edition Sauvignon Blanc

    Black Edition Little Beauty Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2014 75cl

    A genuinely exquisite and unique wine made in extremely small quantities by the renowned Little Beauty estate in Marlborough. This highly aromatic Sauvignon shows both herbal and woody notes alongside fresh citrus fruits. oak ageing and the use of wild yeast add multiple layers of complexity to this truly stunning wine.

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  8. Little Beauty Sauvignon Blanc

    Little Beauty Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2016 75cl

    An excellent, refreshing gooseberry led Sauvignon with a mouthwatering finish from a renowned single estate winery in the Marlborough region.

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  9. Little Beauty Dry Riesling, Marlborough

    Little Beauty Dry Riesling, Marlborough, 2011 75cl

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

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  10. Little Beauty Gewürztraminer, Marlborough

    Little Beauty Gewürztraminer, Marlborough, 2011 75cl

    Intensely aromatic and pleasingly luscious yet unlike any Gewurtztraminer I can think of with the classic floral notes mostly becoming apparent on the long, complex finish. An unusual and difficult variety to produce but totally worth the effort.

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  11. McCorkindale Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

    McCorkindale Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2016 75cl

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

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  12. 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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