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. 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
  2. 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
  3. Kumeu River 2017 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
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