New Zealand wine production dates back to colonial times (the mid-1800s) but never really took off until the 1970s. The most famous wine New Zealand now produces are white wines made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape and particularly from the area called Marlborough.
Other white wines of New Zealand to a lesser extent include Chardonnay and Riesling. Since the climate of New Zealand is generally cool with a maritime influence, the red wines of New Zealand are fewer and mostly relegated to Pinot Noir with some recent success with Syrah and Bordeaux varietals in certain areas.
Many of the important wine regions of New Zealand lie in valleys carved out of the mountains that dominate the country, protecting vineyards from wind while the mountains help block excessive rain. Since New Zealand is an island nation, the surrounding waters tend to moderate temperatures, providing for cooler summers and milder winters and protecting the grapes from temperature extremes.
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JS9090 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, November 8, 2022 Bright and fruity with crisp notes of lemongrass, passion fruit, lemons and white grapefruit on the nose. Vibrant acidity with a medium body and juicy finish. Sustainable. Drink now. Screw cap.WE8989 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/31/2022 On the fruitier edge of the Marlborough Sauvignon pendulum, this opens with fleshy peach, lime and tropical-fruit aromas, underpinned by just a whiff of green bell pepper. The palate prickles and pops with limey freshness right through to the finish. Refreshing, easy drinking and unmistakably Marlborough Savvy B. (Christina Pickard)
SP9393 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2023 Aromatic, with terrific precision to the herbal details of white pepper, grapefruit, lemongrass and fresh-grated ginger. Packs a core of mouthwatering Meyer lemon, ruby grapefruit and green apple flavors showing a thread of savory salinity, with an intense, fresh finish. Drink now. 100,000 cases made, 70,000 cases imported. (MaryAnn Worobiec)WE8989 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/31/2022 Give this some aeration in glass for the attractive aromas of lime and grapefruit citrus, and white peach to float to the fore. There’s a soft green-herbal underbelly. The palate is crisp and slippery, those citrus notes on display until the finish. Still young at the time of tasting (Sept. ’22), this should find even more expression with another six months to a year in bottle. (Christina Pickard)
JS9090 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, November 8, 2022 A pure nose of guava, gooseberries, lime and a grassy character. Fresh and bright with high-toned acidity in a textured palate with a mouthwatering finish. Simple, but tangy and delicious. Drink now. Screw cap.