Marlborough, Champagne, France

When most people think of New Zealand wine, the first thing that comes to mind will be Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. This one variety more than any other helped springboard New Zealand on to the world-wine scene.

The region is located on the northern end of the south island, nestled around the town of Blenheim, and for many years was a sheep region. It was Montana wines, who in 1973 planted the first vines in the region “too far south to grow good wine.” At the time the region was the southernmost region in the country, but nowadays Central Otago takes south to a whole new level.

Plenty of sunshine hours, relatively low rainfall and cool temperatures provide the perfect conditions for growing world-class Sauvignon Blanc the region is renowned for. Other whites grown include Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Sparkling wines. Pinot Noir dominates the red varieties grown, though is typically lighter bodied than Central Otago or Martinborough Pinots.
Champagne is a wine region to the north-east of Paris where wine has been grown since the Romans first planted in the 5th century and the region is most well known for the Sparkling wine that goes by the regions name.

Champagne is made from 3 grapes. The two red grapes Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and the white grape Chardonnay. All three are commonly blended though a ‘blanc de blanc’ meaning ‘white from white’ indicates that only Chardonnay was used. Conversely a ‘blanc de noir’ or ‘white from black’ indicates that the two red grapes were used.

A common misconception is that Champagne was invented by Dom Pérignon. Although this is not the case, he made considerable contributions to the quality and production methods used in the region. The very first bottles of Champagne were created by accident, and coined ‘the devil’s wine’ for all the popping corks. Sparkling wine in Australia was referred to as Champagne but this practise has long been disallowed.

Methode Champenoise is the traditional method by which Champagne is produced and if you see Millisime on a bottle, it represents the fact that the wine comes from a particular vintage rather than being blended, which is the more common practice.

Icons such as Dom Pérignon and Krug are world renowned, but we find as much pleasure in the smaller Champagne houses such as Gosset and Jacquinot. Magnums are perfect for the festive occasions and half bottles are also available.
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  1. Spinning Top Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Spinning Top Wines reflect the simple pleasures that can be derived from nature. Sourcing the wines from three distinctive Marlborough sub regions (Waihopai, Wairau, Awatere) allows Spinning Top to pinpoint exactly the precise characteristics they wish to reflect. Clean, joyful ... Learn More
  2. Kopu Gisbourne Pinot Gris 2021
    Grapes for this wine were grown in the Ngatapa Valley region of Gisborne district where dry-farming practices have been employed for over 75 years. Post-harvest the grapes and juice were processed with care to maximise fruit flavour and intensity. The resulting ... Learn More
  3. Kopu Gisbourne Pinot Gris 2020
    Grapes for this wine were grown in the Ngatapa Valley region of Gisborne district where dry-farming practices have been employed for over 75 years. Post-harvest the grapes and juice were processed with care to maximise fruit flavour and intensity. The resulting ... Learn More
  4. Black Cottage Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021
    This Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from lower-yielding vineyards on the hillside slopes for greater intensity and whole bunch pressed. The nose is fresh and delicate with restrained aromas of gooseberry and freshly grown grass given complexity by river-stone and white ... Learn More
  5. Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2021
    Always up there as the finest 2 or 3 Sauvignons in Marlborough every year, Greywacke emphasise ripeness in the vineyard to produce a sophisticated and satisfying style of Sauvignon Blanc. Crafted by former Cloudy Bay founding winemaker Kevin Judd, with able assistance ... Learn More
  6. Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Considered to be one of New Zealand's finest producers, Astrolabe have built their reputation on consistently producing exceptional wines. One of my favourite Astrolabe wines is the 2019 Astrolabe Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc. It’s quite a ripe example of the ... Learn More
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  7. Te Whare Ra Pinot Gris 2020
    Lifted aromas of nashi pear, raspberry, red apple and white florals. The nose follows through to the palate with the same flavours along with savoury undertones which are balanced by fine, supple texture and lingering minerality. Enjoyable to drink now ... Learn More
  8. Te Whare Ra Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Shows distinctive Awatere characters of elderflower, guava, white currant, lemongrass and passion fruit coupled with lovely ripe tropicals and hints of basil and lime from Wairau components. The nose follows through to the palate - which is fine and soft ... Learn More
  9. Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2020
    Classic strong citrus characters with lemon and grapefruit prominent, complimented by elderflowers, with smoky and flinty undertones. A juicy and vibrant palate of pure citrus flavours leaving a lengthy finish with refreshing, balanced acidity. Ideally enjoyed as a young wine, ... Learn More
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  10. Black Cottage Pinot Noir 2020
    Sourced from the Southern Valleys with some fruit from the Awatere Valley. This Pinot Noir went through 100% stainless steel fermentation and was hand plunged. This brought out the perfumed berry fruit as well as increasing the silky mouthfeel of the ... Learn More
  11. Te Whare Ra Single Vineyard 5182 Toru 2021
    Has the aromatic spice and weight of Gewurztraminer, the structure and length of Riesling, and the great texture of Pinot Gris in a perfectly balanced 75%/16%/9% blend. It is a delicious, co-fermented field blend from a single vineyard. This 2021 Toru has ... Learn More
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  12. Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2021
    2021 was one of the best vintages in the Wairau Valley in recent years and this wine truly reflects that. Vibrant, fresh lemon and grapefruit, ripe stone and tropical fruits and a floral element on the nose. Highly aromatic, as is ... Learn More
  13. Corafin 'Meltwater' Marlborough Chardonnay 2019
    A rather hedonistic nose suggests ripe pears, fresh peach and oatmeal while the palate is taught and chalky with nectarine, pear and iodine notes and a driven freshness. Unmistakably Marlborough for its cleansing hit of salty goodness, this is harmonious, ... Learn More
  14. Greywacke Riesling 2019
    A deliciously succulent and rich Riesling from experts in classic Marlborough varietals. Grown organically near the mouth of Brancott Valley, this vibrant and not strictly dry Riesling was grown on the kind of gravel and clay soils that are usually ... Learn More
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  15. Dog Point 'Section 94' Sauvignon Blanc 2015
    Section 94 is one of the world’s most distinct wines, and regularly named New Zealand’s greatest Sauvignon Blanc. Bright straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on edge. The bouquet is firmly concentrated with deep aromas of greengages, nectarines ... Learn More
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  16. Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2021
    Intense and quite weighty sauvignon blanc with passionfruit, lime zest, gooseberry, red and green capsicum and subtle oyster-shell flavours, supported by deliciously tangy acidity that drives a lengthy finish. - Bob Campbell Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay was one of the ... Learn More
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  17. Cloudy Bay Pelorus Sparkling Nv
    Established in 1985, Cloudy Bay was one of the first five wine makers to venture into Marlborough. The famed Marlborough producer's sparkling. It's one of the best consistently from over the ditch and has genuine French-like class. Sourcing Non-Vintage sparkling wine ... Learn More
  18. Dog Point Pinot Noir 2019
    Dog Point Pinot Noir is one of the icons of Marlborough and for good reason. Winemakers Ivan and James first began their journey in the NZ wine game by starting globally-acclaimed winery Cloudy Bay. They are maestro’s at producing ... Learn More
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  19. Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    A ripe tropical and citrus bouquet, with underlying flinty minerality. In the mouth the wine is textural and rich from the lees aging with layers of minerals, lime, orange blossom and profound acidity balancing this dry, elegant wine. Ageing potential: 5 ... Learn More
  20. Champagne Drappier 1er Cru Brut NV
    A blend of 60% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Meunier, only from Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards, this is exceptional quality Champagne for an unbelievable price! Offering notes of pear, hazelnut and subtle toasty spice on the nose, it follows ... Learn More
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  21. Champagne Autreau Brut Premier Cru Rose NV
    100% Premier Cru fruit. 85% Chardonnay lends an elegant floral character as well as grapefruit and melon, but the 15% Pinot Noir (blended as red wine) gives the ruby red colour and adds flavours of red berries and a savoury complexity. The family ... Learn More
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  22. Champagne Autreau Grand Cru Champagne Nv
    100% Grand Cru fruit. Pinot Noir & Chardonnay blend. The nose is a combination of ripe citrus fruits with a buttery overtone and flowery finish. The flavours are fresh and vibrant, of peaches, melons and raspberry with light hazelnut nuance adding depth ... Learn More
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  23. Jacquinot & Fils Private Cuvée Brut Champagne NV
    Jean-Manuel Jacquinot obtained a degree in Oenology at the esteemed University of Reims. After this he became trainee oenologist at the world famous house of Veuve Clicquot. Today, Jean-Manuel has over 20 years of experience in making Champagne, is a Member ... Learn More
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  24. Pierre Baillette Brut le Village NV
    Pierre Baillette is not just limited to the creation of high-quality champagne, but to preserve the most authentic values ​​of the wine tradition of this legendary region. This refreshing and savory Champagne is loaded with flavors of citrus, white cherries, ... Learn More
  25. Champagne Autreau Brut Blanc De Blancs Grand Cru NV
    100% Chardonnay Grand Cru fruit sourced from the "White Hillside" Vineyards of the Autreau Estate. The family Autreau is an old family from Champillon - ancient documents certify their presence since 1670. This family is linked to the farming of the land ... Learn More
  26. Champagne Drappier Brut Nature Nv
    Only the juices from first pressing – the cuvées - are used. ... Learn More
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  27. Larmandier Bernier 'Latitude' Champagne Brut Nv
    "Appealing candied berry and citrus aromas. A hint of bread dough and mineral... Though rich, it's lively too, with a smooth texture and lingering finish." - Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator When to drink 2012 - 2015 ... Learn More
  28. An Effervescent Present Champagne Pack

    This indulgent pampering gift pack with wine, gourmet chocolates and soothing bath salts is sure to hit the mark with Mum. Mother's Day only comes around once a year, so make it count! That’s why this pack includes ... Learn More

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  29. Champagne Drappier 'Clarevallis' Organic Extra Brut Nv
    WINNER, Best Buy Wines IMPORTS OVER $35, Gourmet Traveller Magazine August 2021 The history of the Drappier family began in the 13th century, when Saint Bernard built a block of flats in Urville for the Abbey Clairvaux. The all new cuvée ... Learn More
  30. Jacquinot & Fils Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne
    Jean-Manuel Jacquinot obtained a degree in Oenology at the esteemed University of Reims. After this he became trainee oenologist at the world famous house of Veuve Clicquot. Today, Jean-Manuel has over 20 years of experience in making Champagne, is a Member ... Learn More
  31. Gosset 'Grand Reserve' Brut NV Champagne
    Won "Grappe d'Or" in Guide Hachette (Top French Awards) - Best Wine of the year Tasted against 36,000 other wines. A complex, creamy, layered nose with icing sugar life. The palate has beautiful complexity and mouthwatering length, with flavours of biscuit ... Learn More
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  32. Champagne Drappier Rose Brut Nature Nv
    The Brut Nature Rosé is a cuvée which will delight lovers of freshness, minerality and purity. On the nose, very evocative of strawberry and raspberry with a floral note of rose petals. The palate recalls red fruits and is ... Learn More
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  33. Francis Boulard et Fille Blanc de Blanc Les Vieilles Vignes Brut Nature NV
    100% Chardonnay. The fruit for this bottling comes from a single 0.25-hectare parcel called Les Murtets in the Boulards' home village of Cormicy, which lies in the extreme NE of the Montagne de Reim in a zone known as the Massif ... Learn More
  34. Larmandier Bernier 'Longitude' Bl De Bl Champagne Brut Nv
    "The Larmandier-Bernier Champagnes are some of the purest and most utterly engaging wines being made in the region today. I can't recommend them highly enough." - Antonio Galloni. "Bready, complex, mature bouquet, but bright and fresh as well. Very rich, ... Learn More
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  35. Champagne Jacquinot 'Symphonie Rose Millesime' 2013
    Jean-Manuel Jacquinot obtained a degree in Oenology at the esteemed University of Reims. After this he became trainee oenologist at the world famous house of Veuve Clicquot. Today, Jean-Manuel has over 20 years of experience in making Champagne, is a Member ... Learn More
  36. Pierre Baillette Le Village Rose NV
    Pierre Baillette is not just limited to the creation of high-quality champagne, but to preserve the most authentic values ​​of the wine tradition of this legendary region. The Village Rosé is in fact Premier Cru and is 45% Pinot Meunier, 40% Chardonnay ... Learn More
  37. Henriot Rose Brut Nv Champagne
    Salmon pink with copper highlights. Fine, persistent effervescence. Intense, complex and pleasantly fruity, the nose reveals aromas of red berry fruit (raspberry, strawberry) and freshly squeezed citrus fruit (pink grapefruit, mandarin), then light vegetal fragrances (blackcurrant buds) and floral scents ( ... Learn More
  38. Champagne Jacquinot 'Symphonie Millesime' 2011
    The nose is built on flavours of candied fruits, vanilla and toast. The trains of fine bubbles form a delicate mousse, this richness is confirmed on the palate with a long and oaky finish. 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, Serve at 8 ... Learn More
  39. Delamotte Blanc De Blancs NV Champagne
    "Delamotte has always been somewhat of an insider’s house, producing high quality at realistic prices. One of the best buys in exquisitely crafted Champagne." - Robert Parker Jr, The Wine Advocate Herbal with hints of jasmine, white peach, mint, ... Learn More
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  40. Veuve Clicquot Vintage Rose 2012 (Gift Box)
    A blushing 2012 vintage rosé Champagne from this famous house. A core of Pinot Noir is supported by Chardonnay and Meunier grapes make up this elegant wine, with 11% of it aged in foudres (large wooden casks), bringing subtle spice to the ... Learn More
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