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.

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  1. Villa Maria 2019 Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon BlancIn stock
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    The 2018 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc showcases the best of what Marlborough has to offer. This delicious,... Learn More
  2. Taringi 2019 Sauvignon BlancIn stock
    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 2016 Merlot Cabernet Private Bin Hawkes BayIn stock
    Villa Maria excels at producing high quality everyday wines. This wine is from their Hawkes Bay estate and has complex... Learn More
  4. Taringi 2013 Pinot NoirIn stock
    Fragrant red cherries. Quite a light bodied Pinot but crammed with flavour and aromatics. Brilliant winemaking Learn More
  5. Kumeu River 2018 Pinot GrisIn stock
    Kumeu River's Pinot Gris leans more towards Alsace than Italy. It is dry, but with great texture and aromatics of... Learn More
  6. Kumeu River 2018 Village Pinot NoirIn stock
    Light cherry colour with lovely aromatic of red cherries, but the palate is all black fruits, continuing with flavours... Learn More
  7. Kumeu River 2017 Village ChardonnayIn stock
    This wine is a great introduction to Kumeu River, my favourite producer of Chardonnay in the new world. Elegant, fine... Learn More
  8. Kumeu River 2018 Sauvignon BlancIn stock
    Kumeu River returns to making Sauvignon Blanc. This is the first harvest from their new Hawkes Bay vineyard and it is... Learn More
  9. Vidal 2016 Gimblett Gravels Reserve SyrahIn stock
    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
  10. Esk Valley 2016 Gimblett Gravels Merlot Cabernet MalbecIn stock
    Esk Valley excels at making robust, concentrated reds from the free draining soils of the Gimblett Gravels. This is one... Learn More
  11. Leftfield 2019 AlbarinoIn stock
    New Zealand is really catching up with exploring new varieties. Its not just about Sav anymore. Albarino is a great... Learn More
  12. Leftfield 2015 MalbecIn stock
    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
  13. Greywacke 2019 Sauvignon BlancIn stock
    Greywacke is the cult Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from Kevin Judd, the former winemaker at Cloudy Bay. Kevin now has... Learn More
  14. Mount Difficulty 2018 Roaring Meg Pinot NoirIn stock
    Mount Difficulty is my favourite producer of Central Otago Pinot Noir. Complex wines with notes of black cherry, spices... Learn More
  15. Esk Valley 2016 Winemakers Reserve Gimblett Gravels Merlot Malbec Cabernet FrancIn stock
    Made from 49% Merlot, 35% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Franc and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon from low-yielding, 20 year old vines on... Learn More
  16. Kumeu River 2018 Estate ChardonnayIn stock
    A cool, elegant, restrained nose of hazelnut and white flowers. The palate is elegant and hugely complex but has great... Learn More
  17. Seresin 2017 Leah Pinot NoirIn stock
    Seresin is known as the best source in Marlborough for Pinot Noir. Quite pale in colour but very intense in aromatics.... Learn More
  18. Seresin 2016 SyrahIn stock
    This 2016 is the first vintage of Seresin's exciting Syrah. Despite being their first commercial release this is... Learn More
  19. Kumeu River 2014 Hunting Hill Pinot NoirIn stock
    Kumeu River's top Pinot Noir. Unlike other NZ Pinots, this is a subtle wine, very much Burgundian, perhaps even... Learn More
  20. Greywacke 2016 Wild SauvignonIn stock
    This is Kevin Judd's take on a wild-ferment Sauvignon Blanc, which moves away in style from conventional Marlborough... Learn More
  21. Seresin 2012 ChiaroscuroIn stock
    Chiarascuro is an aptly named wine. The term is used for contrasting light and dark in photographic compositions. Not... Learn More
  22. Villa Maria 2014 Seddon Vineyard Pinot NoirIn stock
    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
  23. Kumeu River 2017 Hunting Hill ChardonnayIn stock
    Hunting Hill is the epitome of elegant Chardonnays from the new world. Almost indistinguishable from top white... Learn More
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