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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.

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... 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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  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, 2015 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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