New Zealand Wine, exhilarating wines with vibrant, fruity tones.
Many of New Zealand’s best and most famous vineyards are coastally-located, receiving cooling sea breezes from the Pacific Ocean at night. On the cooler South Island vineyards rely on the mountainous Southern Alps to protect them from excessive rain-bearing winds. These varying climates and conditions provide the landscape with fabulous conditions for making fruit-filled but serious wines, with top producers including Ata Rangi, Craggy Range, Kumeu River and Felton Road.
Whilst New Zealand is nowadays about so much more than crisp, fruity whites, there are few wines more distinctive than the Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand’s Marlborough wine region. These crisp, bright and aromatic whites are a clear and extraordinary expression of its vineyards’ terroir and the cool, maritime climate of the island itself. New Zealand have undoubtedly been able to develop their own recognisable twist on a wine classic.
However it is the explosion of interest around New Zealand’s Pinot Noir that has really lifted the country to an elevated level in terms of global reputation. Grown all over the country, but particularly in Central Otago and Marlborough on the south island and Martinborough and Wairapara on the north island, Pinot Noir from New Zealand comes in an array of styles that reflects its inspirational home of Burgundy. Furthermore, the Syrah being grown both on the south island but most significantly in the Hawkes Bay area of the north island known as Gimblett Gravels is reaching truly global heights of quality.