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New Zealand

New Zealand


Brits have fallen in love with the wines of New Zealand. The affair probably has much to do with the colonial heritage, but it also has a great deal to do with the excellent, benchmark wines that are produced here. The story must begin with Sauvignon Blanc, but certainly doesn’t end there. Since the 1970s the region of Marlborough has become the go-to area, perhaps in the world, for bright, crystalline ‘Savs’ which gave the French something to think about. But now, it is becoming as equally famous for its Pinots, which are now beyond just being less expensive alternatives to Burgundy, instead showing regional characteristics, from the dark cherry and spice of Central Otago to the brawn and dried herbs of Martinborough.

A special mention goes to the Chardonnays of Kumeu River of Auckland, as these are some of the most remarkable wines from this variety in the Southern Hemisphere.

Richard Ballantyne MW

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  1. Villa Maria 2018 Private Bin Rosé
    This delicious rosé from Hawkes Bay is mostly Merlot but has smaller parts of Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Malbec... Learn More
  2. Taringi 2018 Sauvignon Blanc
    A super-crisp and daisy fresh Sauvignon which has more than a little hint of kiwi about it. Scents of elderflower too.... Learn More
  3. Villa Maria 2019 Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
    The 2018 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc showcases the best of what Marlborough has to offer. This delicious,... Learn More
  4. Taringi 2013 Pinot Noir
    Fragrant red cherries. Quite a light bodied Pinot but crammed with flavour and aromatics. Brilliant winemaking Learn More
  5. Villa Maria 2015 Merlot Cabernet Private Bin Hawkes Bay
    Villa Maria excels at producing high quality everyday wines. This wine is from their Hawkes Bay estate and has complex... Learn More
  6. Villa Maria 2019 Cellar Selection Sauvignon Gris
    Sauvignon Gris is an unusual variety, not often found on its own, normally in blends. It is similar to its cousin,... Learn More
  7. Kumeu River 2018 Village Pinot Noir
    Light cherry colour with lovely aromatic of red cherries, but the palate is all black fruits, continuing with flavours... Learn More
  8. Kumeu River 2017 Village Chardonnay
    This wine is a great introduction to Kumeu River, my favourite producer of Chardonnay in the new world. Elegant, fine... Learn More
  9. Kumeu River 2018 Sauvignon Blanc
    Kumeu River returns to making Sauvignon Blanc. This is the first harvest from their new Hawkes Bay vineyard and it is... Learn More
  10. Vidal 2016 Gimblett Gravels Reserve Syrah
    The Syrah's coming out of Hawkes Bay's Gimblett Gravels are some of the best in the Southern Hemisphere and this wine... Learn More
  11. Leftfield 2018 Albarino
    New Zealand is really catching up with exploring new varieties. Its not just about Sav anymore. Albarino is a great... Learn More
  12. Esk Valley 2016 Gimblett Gravels Merlot Cabernet Malbec
    Esk Valley excels at making robust, concentrated reds from the free draining soils of the Gimblett Gravels. This is one... Learn More
  13. Leftfield 2015 Malbec
    Special Price £13.59 Regular Price £16.99
    There was a time when Malbec was quite popular in Bordeaux blends from Hawkes Bay but it fell out of fashion when Pinot... Learn More
  14. Greywacke 2019 Sauvignon Blanc
    Greywacke is the cult Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from Kevin Judd, the former winemaker at Cloudy Bay. Kevin now has... Learn More
  15. Stonecroft 2015 Crofters Syrah
    Stonecroft is the pioneer producer of Syrah from New Zealand. The region of Hawkes Bay is making some superb examples... Learn More
  16. Seresin 2013 Memento Riesling
    Seresin's take on Mosel Riesling. Off dry and highly mineral with notes of granny smiths and just a touch of stoned... Learn More
  17. Mount Difficulty 2017 Roaring Meg Pinot Noir
    Mount Difficulty is my favourite producer of Central Otago Pinot Noir. Complex wines with notes of black cherry, spices... Learn More
  18. Kumeu River 2017 Estate Chardonnay
    A cool, elegant, restrained nose of hazelnut and white flowers. The palate is elegant and hugely complex but has great... Learn More
  19. Seresin 2016 Syrah
    This 2016 is the first vintage of Seresin's exciting Syrah. Despite being their first commercial release this is... Learn More
  20. Kumeu River 2014 Hunting Hill Pinot Noir
    Kumeu River's top Pinot Noir. Unlike other NZ Pinots, this is a subtle wine, very much Burgundian, perhaps even... Learn More
  21. Greywacke 2016 Wild Sauvignon
    This is Kevin Judd's take on a wild-ferment Sauvignon Blanc, which moves away in style from conventional Marlborough... Learn More
  22. Seresin 2012 Chiaroscuro
    Chiarascuro is an aptly named wine. The term is used for contrasting light and dark in photographic compositions. Not... Learn More
  23. Villa Maria 2014 Seddon Vineyard Pinot Noir
    This is the top Pinot Noir from Villa Maria grown on a single vineyard in the Awatere Valley of Marlborough on an old... Learn More
  24. Kumeu River 2017 Hunting Hill Chardonnay
    Hunting Hill is the epitome of elegant Chardonnays from the new world. Almost indistinguishable from top white... Learn More
  25. Kumeu River 2017 Mate's Vineyard Chardonnay
    Mate's Vinyeard is Kumeu River's top Chardonnay made from their oldest vines. This is slightly different in style to... Learn More
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