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A relatively young but extremely promising wine producing country, New Zealand is widely recognized for its distinctive wines made from the aromatic, Sauvignon blanc.

The world’s most southerly vineyards are found here, with significant climatic variation both between and within the warmer North Island and the cooler South Island. Overall, the climate is maritime, with plenty of rainfall, as well as abundant sunshine. Producers have almost unilaterally embraced cutting-edge winery technology, resulting in clean, high-quality wines at every price point from wallet-friendly to premium.

Sauvignon blanc, known here for its trademark herbaceous character, is at its best in Marlborough but thrives throughout the nation, accounting for an overwhelming majority of the country’s exports. While this is indeed the country’s most planted and successful variety, it is certainly not the only New Zealand grape capable of delighting wine lovers.

Chardonnay is the second-most important white variety and takes on a supple texture with citrus and tropical fruit aromas in Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay, respectively. Pinot noir, second behind Sauvignon blanc in national production numbers, is at its best in Central Otago—the most southerly winegrowing region in the world! These wines are known for bright and juicy red fruit. Taking cues from the wines of Alsace, aromatic varieties like Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewürztraminer shine in Martinborough, while red Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot have found success in Hawke’s Bay. Throughout New Zealand but especially in Marlborough, Pinot noir and Chardonnay are used to produce traditional method sparkling wines.

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  • Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2013 Front Label
    Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2013
    Pinot Noir from Canterbury, New Zealand
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  • Burn Cottage Moonlight Race Pinot Noir 2015 Front Label
    Burn Cottage Moonlight Race Pinot Noir 2015
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Dog Point Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    Dog Point Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
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  • Quartz Reef Bendigo Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Quartz Reef Bendigo Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Brancott Estate B Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Brancott Estate B Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Villa Maria Southern Clays Sauvignon Blanc 2017  Front Label
    Villa Maria Southern Clays Sauvignon Blanc 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Palliser Estate The Great Ted Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
    Palliser Estate The Great Ted Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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  • Allan Scott Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Allan Scott Marlborough Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Brut Front Label
    Quartz Reef Methode Traditionnelle Brut
    Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Two Paddocks The First Paddock Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Two Paddocks The First Paddock Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Te Mata Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir 2019  Front Label
    Te Mata Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir 2019
    Gamay from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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    • Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Gris 2016 Front Label
      Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Gris 2016
      Pinot Gris/Grigio from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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      • Villa Maria Taylors Pass Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
        Villa Maria Taylors Pass Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
        Chardonnay from Marlborough, New Zealand
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        • Brancott Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
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          • Two Paddocks The Last Chance Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
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            Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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          • Shelter Bay Stitch Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
            Shelter Bay Stitch Sauvignon Blanc 2018
            Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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            • Eradus Sauvignon Blanc 2016  Front Label
              Eradus Sauvignon Blanc 2016
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              • Astrolabe Province Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
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                • Stoneleigh Latitude Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
                  Stoneleigh Latitude Chardonnay 2015
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                  • Jules Taylor Pinot Gris 2016 Front Label
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                    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                    • Auntsfield Estate Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
                      Auntsfield Estate Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2019
                      Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                      • Momo Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
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                        • Walnut Block Wines Collectables Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
                          Walnut Block Wines Collectables Sauvignon Blanc 2019
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