"If New Zealand learns how to make Chardonnay, then we are all screwed" These are the words of an Australian winemaker, who makes very tasty Chardonnay, which really shows how much untapped potential the country has.
Sadly it has been hiding behind Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Central Otago Pinot Noir for too long. They are delicious, no argument from me there, but their Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Merlots, Chenin Blancs, non-Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs, Syrahs and Rieslings are all outstanding and nobody is drinking them!
Fortunately this is changing and these wines are becoming more popular and there are some stonking Chardonnays too - Australia should be worried!
The Cellar Selection Chardonnay has citrus and nectarine flavours backed up with sweet oak and lees stirred complexity.
The Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc has ripe tropical and gooseberry fruit flavours with a zingy finish and impeccable balance. A great aperitif or seafood wine made for drinking young. Contains...
A gently maritime tang of minerality. It’s full of texture and breadth with zesty citrus and white stone fruits. Luscious gooseberry aromas follow through into the palate where it explodes...
"Fresh herbal aromas with lots of lime, tomato leaf and then a palate with crisp, zesty fruit and more of the cut grass." Made by Kate Radburnd ofCJ Pask estate,...
Ripe black cherry and clove aromas are supported on the palate with juicy red berryand cranberry fruit witha gently food structuer on the finish. Contains Sulphites
A refreshing Riesling with enticing aromas of ripe lemon and citrus accompanied by distinctive mineral nuances. Harmoniously balanced with great structure and a long, lingering finish. Established in 1989, each...
Plums, cigars, blackcurrants, vanilla - a soft aroma and then a palate that builds, becomes more savoury with some ripe tannin and a long finish. Contains Sulphites
Pear, quince, cinnamon, ginger... just a lovely rollercoaster of fruit and spice. The palate is balanced, with zesty notes and a great, long finish. Contains Sulphites
Classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc; this wine has notes of passionfruit, grapefruit, fennel, and tamarind.
Lemongrass, passionfruit and tropical fruit - this is Kiwi Sauvignon with a difference. Not the big bold flavours of Marlborough, a bit more refinement and grace. Contains Sulphites
So much more to New Zealand than Marlborough. This Waipara Sauvignon Blanc gives lovely gooseberry flavours and a long, citrus focused finish. Contains sulphites
A dry but powerful Gewurztraminer with spicy, rose petal and mango notes on the nose. Full-bodied and rich on the palate with notes of ginger, orange and vanilla balanced by...
Ripe cherries and yellow plums, it warms up with some cinnamon flavours and a balanced tannin with some violet nuances on the finish. Decanter - 93pts Highly Recommended Contains Sulphites...
Intense aromas of black cherry, blackberry and plum mingle with a hint of redcurrant. Savoury mushroom and toasty oak characters complete the attractive nose. Classic black cherry notes dominate the...
"This lovely Chardonnay comes from an estate that was established in 1873 and hit has lovely peach and pear flavours with some floral notes as well. The palate is well...
Pinot Gris may be the same grape as Pinot Grigio, but it's a very different wine. Westbrook's example is spicy and floral with notes of pear, lily, and quince. Finally,...
A fruity syrah with lovely liquorice, pepper and plum aromas. The palate is full of dark red fruit, chocolate, spice and vanilla. Delicious. Contains Sulphites
"Bright cherry red in the glass. Lifted cherry aromas with floral and violet notes. On the palate, this well-defined Central Otago Pinot Noir exhibits juicy red fruits. Light, soft tannins...
The bouquet and flavour suggest peaches, apricots, lychees, frangipani, honeysuckle and mandarin. It is concentrated and mouth filling with a backbone of minerality and tangy acidity that complements it’s off...
A pristine, vibrant nose filled with aromas of apple sorbet, lime leaf and grapefruit peel. Off dry in style this wine has beautiful purity, where the appealing sweetness is perfectly...
A Merlot blend, supple rich fruit and with dark aromas, and with leathery gamey flavours with spice to give a complex palate. Contains Sulphites
This is a single vineyard Viognier from the Rapuara region in Marlborough. After a slow, cool fermentation, the wine is left to age on the lees for eight months. This...
A delicious, oaky Chardonnay from this Kiwi producer. Nutty, buttery with ginger hints, there is a melon and pineapple flavour coming through.
The wine has flavours of citrus, white flowers and ripe grapefruit. The style is mid-weight with elegant oak providing texture and lingering flavours of cashew, roasted hazelnut and gun flint....