New Zealand

This year New Zealand celebrates 200 years since Yorkshireman Samuel Marsden planted its first 100 vines. The real thirst for New Zealand wines has been in the last 20 years when vineyard area more than tripled, today reaching almost 40,00 hectares of land under vine. Although Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir still very much dominates production, more and more new varieties are being planted as producers begin to gain a better understanding of the various sub-regions across the country and as we see a growing trend towards terroir driven wines, it is now not only the famous regions taking centre stage but every region across New Zealand sharing the limelight.

This week saw several of the country’s producers gather for the Flavours of New Zealand tasting to show us where, after 200 hundred years, New Zealand is currently at. Featuring some of our favourites such as Dog Point from Marlborough (last month’s wine of the week for Jancis Robinson) and Blank Canvas, run by Matt Thompson named International Wine Maker of the Year we were delighted to taste these wines again and confirm our belief in their quality. We also took the opportunity to revisit older wines and our own exclusive Devotus from Martinborough, who focuses solely on high quality Pinot Noir producing just three amazing examples, as well as Dry River who produce wines of great longevity from a wide range of grape varieties and Kumeu River Estate from Auckland, noted by Jancis for its quality and age worthy Chardonnays.

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