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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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  • Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2019 Front Label
    Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Invivo X by Sarah Jessica Parker Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Invivo X by Sarah Jessica Parker Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
    • WS90
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  • Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough, New Zealand
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  • Mohua Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Mohua Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • The Seeker Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
    The Seeker Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Allan Scott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Allan Scott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 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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  • Astrolabe Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018  Front Label
    Astrolabe Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2017
    Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
    • JS94
    • WS92
    • WE90
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  • Infamous Goose Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Infamous Goose Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
    • WE91
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  • Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Canterbury, New Zealand
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  • Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Front Label
    Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
    • WE91
    • WS89
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  • Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
    Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc 2019  Front Label
    The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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