There is no secret that the New World is effectively competing against the Old World. Many producers across Australia, New Zealand and the USA have great ambitions (and repeatedly prove successful in reaching their goals) not to emulate Burgundy, but to offer wines of serious quality and longevity. Comparisons, often in the form of a blind taste-off, are a great talking point and widely covered by the press. A memorable tasting took place in the UK in 2015, with a select group of leading critics including Neal Martin, Jancis Robinson MW and Matthew Jukes. Despite the White Burgundies being infinitely more expensive (and from top producers such as Lafon, Leflaive and Sauzet), the Chardonnays from Kumeu River won hands down.
This month, the world focus is on Burgundy tastings happening throughout Europe, with key press already reporting that Grand Cru’s are simply overpriced. Viticulture, climate and soil types are as integral to Burgundy as they are to the New World and don’t be led to believe that countries with much warmer climates, like Australia or New Zealand, offer no vintage variations, this is far from truth. Great New World Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays offer beautiful balance, minerality, longevity and thankfully, many New World producers choose to bottle under screwcap which eliminates problems seen in Burgundy which are ensued by using cork.
Choosing wines from the New World is therefore a smart move, as is making Zalto your glassware of choice. Simply put, this is a key investment and as important as investing in the wine itself. In truth, a good glass will elevate any wine, unearthing every little nuance and raising the experience to another level. The Burgundy glass from Zalto is an excellent choice for Pinot Noir however, we highly recommend using the Bordeaux glass for all Chardonnays.