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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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  • Palliser Estate The Great Ted Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
    Palliser Estate The Great Ted Pinot Noir 2014
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      Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
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      Innocent Bystander Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017
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    • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
      Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2019
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      • Mud House Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Front Label
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        • Two Paddocks The Last Chance Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
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        • Mohua Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
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            • Allan Scott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
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              • Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
                Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2018
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                Invivo X by Sarah Jessica Parker Sauvignon Blanc 2019
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