New Zealand, 2017

The New Zealand wine industry is one of the younger wine regions in the world, whose popularity grew immensely when Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc hit the world wine scene, quite unique in style when compared to the typical French Sancerre.

Wine is successfully cultivated on both the North and South islands from a latitude of 36 degrees in the North to 45 degrees for the most southerly wine region in the world, the south Island's Central Otago. The majority of regions are located in free-draining alluvial valleys except for Waiheke Island and Kawarau Gorge in Central Otago and benefit from the moderating effect of the maritime climate as no vineyard is more than 80 miles from the ocean. With plentiful sunshine hours and cool evening sea breezes, the grapes thrive.

Sauvignon Blanc is the major white variety people will think of when you mention New Zealand Whites, however fantastic Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and less commonly Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Pinot Blanc. Pinot Noir is the most widely planted red variety in New Zealand although Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot (Bordeaux Blends), Syrah are also grown and in even smaller amounts, Tempranillo and Montepulcianos can too be found. Sparkling wines of very high standards are also made in New Zealand.

The key wine regions in New Zealand include Auckland, Canterbury, Central Otago, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Marlborough and Nelson.
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  1. GIESEN 'LIGHTER IN ALCOHOL' SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017
    Sourced from the picturesque Wairau Valley in Marlborough, the fruit is harvested early, which is then pressed to tank for fermentation. A controlled ferment with hand selected yeast ensures aroma and fruit character are retained. The ferment is stopped early ... Learn More
  2. DOG POINT SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017
    Made by ex-Cloudy Bay winemakers, Dog Point is consistently one of the finest examples of Marlborough SB. Classic strong citrus characters with lemon and grapefruit prominent, complimented by elderflowers, with smoky and flinty undertones. A juicy and vibrant palate of ... Learn More
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  3. CRAGGY RANGE GIMBLETT GRAVELS TE KAHU BORDEAUX BLEND 2017
    66% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc. Vibrant deep garnet colour. Inviting aromas of cassis, ripe plum, rosemary, and cedar meld together. A lovely richness of fruit warms the palate with youthful finely textured dusty tannins carrying the wine long to a ... Learn More
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    Andrew Caillard MW
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  4. Akarua 'Rua' Pinot Noir 2017
    Far from a sold-out rarity, as is often the case with heavily awarded wines; RUA Pinot Noir is widely available in NZ and beloved by Kiwis who describe it as their ‘go to’ and ‘everyday’ wine. ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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  5. TE MATA ESTATE 'AWATEA' CABERNET MERLOT 2017
    Closed with a natural cork that will allow Awatea to continue to evolve in bottle and provide great enjoyment up to 10 years from harvest. Swirls around lush aromas of blackberry, blueberry and bay leaf. A sumptuous core of ripe, dark ... Learn More
  6. DOG POINT PINOT NOIR 2017
    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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    Bob Campbell MW
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  7. ESCARPMENT MARTINBOROUGH PINOT NOIR 2017
    "Winemaker Larry McKenna now has 30 years of experience with Martinborough Pinot Noir, and its on full display in this blend assembled from various plots around the village." Wine Enthusiast Wonderful aromatics with cherry and red currant aromas and some earthy ... Learn More
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  8. CLOS HENRI SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017
    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
  9. Burn Cottage 'Moonlight Race' Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017
    The wine shows enticing bright fruit notes with cherry, rosehip and spice box aromas, but there are also rich earth and dark savoury notes here. The palate is one of elegance, concentration and power, while supple, harmonious tannins give wonderful ... Learn More
  10. RIPPON GAMAY 2017
    It’s completely alive and quite beautiful. As much as we note that schist’s compression and foliated structure can issue wines of precision and detail, here schist’s refractive, luminous nature shines a direct, unadulterated light onto Gamay’s ... Learn More
    RIPPON GAMAY 2017
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    Mike Bennie
  11. VALLI WAITAKI VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2017
    VALLI is the personal vocation of pioneering winemaker Grant Taylor. Grant’s name is synonymous with Otago Pinot Noir. He has been crafting wines there since 1993 when there were only 20 ha planted – today there are over 2000. Grant founded VALLI in 1998 ... Learn More
  12. VALLI GIBBSTON VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2017
    VALLI is the personal vocation of pioneering winemaker Grant Taylor. Grant’s name is synonymous with Otago Pinot Noir. He has been crafting wines there since 1993 when there were only 20 ha planted – today there are over 2000. Grant founded VALLI in 1998 ... Learn More
  13. VALLI BENDIGO VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2017
    VALLI is the personal vocation of pioneering winemaker Grant Taylor. Grant’s name is synonymous with Otago Pinot Noir. He has been crafting wines there since 1993 when there were only 20 ha planted – today there are over 2000. Grant founded VALLI in 1998 ... Learn More
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  14. VALLI BANNOCKBURN VINEYARD PINOT NOIR 2017
    VALLI is the personal vocation of pioneering winemaker Grant Taylor. Grant’s name is synonymous with Otago Pinot Noir. He has been crafting wines there since 1993 when there were only 20 ha planted – today there are over 2000. Grant founded VALLI in 1998 ... Learn More
  15. ESCARPMENT 'TE REHUA' PINOT NOIR 2017
    This wine was grown on the Barton Vineyard, Huangarua Road, Martinborough from vines 25 years old. A combination of deep alluvial gravels which the Martinborough Terraces are renowned for and a blend of many clones grown in a very sheltered spot ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  16. ESCARPMENT 'KIWA' PINOT NOIR 2017
    This wine was grown on the Cleland Vineyard Cambridge Road, Martinborough from 30 year old vines. A combination of deep alluvial gravels which the Martinborough Terraces are renowned for and a blend of Clones UCD 5 and 6 always rewards us with savoury, ... Learn More
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    Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
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  17. FELTON ROAD CALVERT PINOT NOIR 2017
    Felton Road farms four properties totaling 32 ha in the Bannockburn sub-region of Central Otago. Calvert Vineyard is located on Felton Road and is just 1km east of The Elms Vineyard and the winery. ... Learn More
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  18. Ata Rangi Pinot Noir 2017
    The highly sought-after Ata Rangi Pinot Noir is undoubtedly one of the great new world Pinot Noirs, often considered a rival to top Burgundy with only limited stock available every vintage. To prove this, winemaker Helen Masters was recently awarded ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
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  19. TE MATA ESTATE 'COLERAINE' 2017
    The final blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Coleraine derives its name from the Coleraine vineyard, home of John and Wendy Buck of Te Mata Estate. John’s late grandfather was born in Coleraine in Northern Ireland and ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  20. KUSUDA SYRAH 2017
    If you wanted to explore the concept of ‘precision’ in wine, Kusuda is a good place to do so. Winemaking is thoughtful but simple, with a quarter of the wine seeing new oak. Some 20 months maturing in barrel. Kusuda rarely ... Learn More
    KUSUDA SYRAH 2017
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    Bob Campbell MW
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  21. ONLINE TASTING PACK - RIPPON TASTING WITH NICK MILLS THURSDAY 1ST OCTOBER 6.30PM

    **THIS ONLINE TASTING IS OVER**

    This pack contains a bottle of 3 different wines to be opened during an online tasting held on Thursday the 1st of October 2020.

    The Mills family have been making ... Learn More

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    James Suckling
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  22. CUVEE AUX ANTIPODES BY PROPHET’S ROCK 2017
    This Pinot Noir was made by Francois Millet, winemaker at the iconic Chambolle Musigny estate of Domaine Georges Comte de Vogue in partnership with Paul Pujol from Prophets Rock. Francois even insisted on exporting the same brass hand pumps from ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Robert Parker
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  23. ONLINE TASTING PACK - TWO WEEK CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT TOUR THURSDAY 28TH JAN/4TH FEB 6:30PM AEDT

    In hopeful preparation for a real trip to New Zealand, we're going to take you on a virtual tour of the famous Central Otago! Across our two sessions, we'll travel through the six sub-regions of Central Otago to showcase ... Learn More

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    Huon Hooke
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  24. ONLINE TASTING PACK - TWO WEEK CENTRAL OTAGO PINOT TOUR PLUS BREAKOUT ROOM WINE THURSDAY 28TH JAN/4TH FEB 6:30PM AEDT

    This pack includes a 7th wine to be tasted at the end of the second week in a smaller group setting within the zoom breakout room for a chance to taste a 99 point Pinot Noir with winemaker Nick Mills ... Learn More

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    James Suckling
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    Huon Hooke
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