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Red Wine, New Zealand

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. Escarpment NOIR Pinot Noir 2020
    The Noir label brings together 35 years of wine making experience in New Zealand, creating a soft, bright, fruit forward wine which can be enjoyed immediately or will cellar successfully for a number of years. 100% Martinborough hand-harvested fruit has been open-top-fermented. ... Learn More
  2. Ata Rangi 'Crimson' Pinot Noir 2020
    2020 was marked by well-balanced vines and stunning fruit. This Crimson has a fragrant nose of dried roses and hay. Fresh thyme and rosemary with spice notes of black cardamon, cinnamon and warm cedar. The palate is wonderfully open and calm, ... Learn More
  3. Te Mata Estate 'Awatea' Cabernet Merlot 2018
    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
  4. Koyama Waipara Pinot Noir 2019
    The grapes were sourced from two different vineyards in Waipara Valley. Both vineyards are situated in the centre of Waipara Valley, where the soil is called “Glacial Gravel”. Since this wine is a blend of two gravel soil vineyards, the ... Learn More
  5. Peregrine Saddleback Pinot Noir 2020
    A wonderful expression of Central Otago Pinot Noir. A luscious and fruit focussed Pinot Noir with great flavour and lovely soft tannin. The 2020 season started dry and cool in Central Otago, followed by warmer temperatures throughout summer and a lovely ... Learn More
  6. Villa Maria Syrah Reserve 2010
    Brilliant black-red colour with purple hues, opaque and full. This has an elegantly proportioned nose with very ripe black fruits, quite densely packed and concentrated. Black berry fruits, plums black pepper and spices show, with layers of dark raspberry fruit, ... Learn More
  7. Porter's Estate Pinot Noir 2017
    This is classic Martinborough - Elegant, fragrant and so easy to drink. Complex aromas of wood spice, cherry, raspberry and baking spice. The palate displays firm but restrained tannins, bright fruit - a perfect food wine. Enjoy with game meats, ... Learn More
  8. Maude Pinot Noir 2020
    Such a popular Pinot Noir every year, we often think it must be the best value you can find in Central Otago. The 2020 Maude is sourced from Central Otago’s premium sub regions, each contributing to this savoury, complex Pinot ... Learn More
  9. Escarpment Martinborough Pinot Noir 2018
    "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
  10. Escarpment Regional Blend Pinot Noir 2018
    100% Martinborough fruit with the majority coming from our Te Muna Road Vineyard. This wine is typically a blend of Dijon clones 667 and 777 and Abel, with clones 114 and 115 occasionally. It exhibits fruit, complexity, and texture, beautifully. The fruit was hand-harvested, then ... Learn More
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  11. Koyama Pearsons Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    This wine is quite aromatic and fruity with a well-integrated acid backbone. Crimson colour with ruby going to a brick red hue. A soft and rounded wine with aromas of sweet red berry fruits and red cherries. The palate is ... Learn More
  12. Peregrine Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016
    Dark floral and spice scents lead to wonderful red and dark fruits, with a lovely seam of minerality supported by supple tannins. Purity, elegance combine with texture, concentration and length. A true reflection of the three Central Otago sub regions ... Learn More
  13. Koyama Williams Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
    Made from grapes grown on a limestone-rich hillside vineyard in Waipara. It’s a dense, high energy pinot noir with plum, violet, spice/anise, fresh herb and spicy oak flavours. Accessible now but with the potential to age well. - ... Learn More
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  14. Valli Waitaki Vineyard Pinot Noir 2019
    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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  15. Rippon Gamay 2020
    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
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  16. Amisfield Breakneck Reserve Pinot Noir 2019
    Set against the backdrop of the majestic Pisa mountain range, Amisfield is one of the largest single estate vineyards in Central Otago. Classic Pisa sub regional flavours of deep, plush red and purple fruit. A nuanced palate, brought on by ... Learn More
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  17. Te Mata Estate 'Coleraine' 2019
    Originally a single vineyard wine, from 1989 Coleraine has been an assemblage of the finest wines produced from distinct plots within Te Mata Estate’s oldest vineyards on the Havelock Hills. 2019 was a warm, dry, easy grape-growing season that has produced ... Learn More
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  18. Te Mata Estate Coleraine 1997
    Coleraine is New Zealand’s most famous red wine - rivals the very best wines from Bordeaux, France. The final blend is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Brilliant magenta, Coleraine ’16 entices with concentrated rose syrup, fresh, fragrant raspberry, wild ... Learn More
  19. Pyramid Valley Angel Flower Pinot Noir 2019
    Biodynamic. Angel Flower is a cooler, more exposed block than Earth Smoke. The shallow soils and north-facing aspect here result in a more floral and aromatic wine, although the weight and shape of the palate have much in common with ... Learn More
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  20. Rippon 'Emma's Block' Pinot Noir 2018
    Estate grown fruit on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Biodynamic, vegan friendly & certified organic, with no additional sulphites. 100% hand-harvested fruit. Emma's block is a specific sheltered site that makes the most focused and long-lived wines. Vintage 2018 was the warmest year ... Learn More
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  21. Rippon 'Tinker's Field' Pinot Noir 2018
    Estate grown fruit on the shores of Lake Wanaka. Biodynamic, vegan friendly & certified organic, with no additional sulphites. 100% hand-harvested fruit. Tinker's Field is named after Nick's grandfather, and is the most exposed and warm site. An unprecedented early, warm harvest ... Learn More
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