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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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  • Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
    Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc 2015  Front Label
    Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc 2015
    Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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    Quartz Reef Bendigo Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Rippon Vineyard Mature Vine Riesling 2017  Front Label
    Rippon Vineyard Mature Vine Riesling 2017
    Riesling from Central Otago, New Zealand
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  • Jules Taylor Pinot Noir 2018  Front Label
    Jules Taylor Pinot Noir 2018
    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir 2017  Front Label
    Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New Zealand
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  • Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Front Label
    Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc 2018
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  • Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from New Zealand
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  • Villa Maria Taylors Pass Vineyard Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Villa Maria Taylors Pass Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from New Zealand
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  • Greywacke Pinot Noir 2016  Front Label
    Greywacke Pinot Noir 2016
    Pinot Noir 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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  • 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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  • Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Te Mata Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir 2018 Front Label
    Te Mata Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir 2018
    Gamay from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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  • Clos Henri Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
    Clos Henri Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, 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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  • The Crossings Pinot Noir 2016 Front Label
    The Crossings Pinot Noir 2016
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  • Cloudy Bay Te Wahi Pinot Noir 2014 Front Label
    Cloudy Bay Te Wahi Pinot Noir 2014
    Pinot Noir from Central Otago, 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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    Seresin Leah Pinot Noir 2017
    Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
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