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New Zealand Red Wine?

It is important to bear in mind that while New Zealand is still comparatively in its infancy as a wine producing country the wine industry is both dynamic and self-questioning. The vines are still very young and the resulting wines, although they can exhibit an exhilarating freshness of fruit, rarely have the finesse and complexity associated with terroir. This is changing; low yields and marginal climates keep the wines honest. The
choice of grape varieties is important: New Zealand has coasted on its ludicrously over-inflated reputation for Sauvignon. To be taken seriously, however, you have to master the red grape varieties, and we now judge New Zealand especially in relation to other countries in its holy quest for the Pinot grail.  Of all the regions in New Zealand Martinborough is producing the most world-class wines at present, although quantities are small and prices are scary. Here be great Pinot Noir and good Chardonnay.  Hawkes Bay works well for the Cabernet blends and the surprisingly rarely planted Syrah. Central Otago evidently has a future for Pinot Noir and possibly Riesling and Pinot Gris. Marlborough (the biggest area of production) is already renowned for the ubiquitous Sauvignon and other grape varieties are showing promise. Waipara's (Canterbury) superb Burgundian terroir make it ideal for world-class Pinot and Chardonnay.

 

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  • Honu Pinot Noir 2014

    £9.95 inc VAT
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  • Sileni Cellar Selection Hawke's Bay Merlot 2014

    £9.95 inc VAT
    1 Next Day Singles
  • CJ Pask Hawke's Bay Gimblett Road Merlot 2013

    £11.95 inc VAT
    Singles
  • CJ Pask Hawke's Bay Gimblett Road Cabernet...

    £12.95 inc VAT
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  • Trinity Hill Hawke's Bay Syrah 2014

    £12.95 inc VAT
    5 Next Day Singles
  • Trinity Hill Hawke's Bay Pinot Noir 2014

    £12.95 inc VAT
    10 Next Day Singles
  • Jealous Sisters Pinot Noir 2014

    £12.95 inc VAT
    4 Next Day Singles
  • Ribbonwood Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015

    £13.95 inc VAT
    2 Next Day Singles
  • Tinpot Hut Marlborough Pinot Noir 2015

    £13.95 inc VAT
    5 Next Day Singles
  • Babich Classic Hawke's Bay Merlot Cabernet...

    £13.95 inc VAT
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  • Tinpot Hut Hawkes Bay Syrah 2009

    £16.45 inc VAT
    2 Next Day Singles
  • Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2012

    £17.95 inc VAT
    1 Next Day Singles
  • Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels 'The Gimblett' 2013

    £17.95 inc VAT
    8 Next Day Singles
  • Babich Black Label Marlborough Pinot Noir 2016

    £17.95 inc VAT
    Singles
  • Ata Rangi Crimson Pinot Noir 2014

    £21.95 inc VAT
    5 Next Day Singles
  • Babich Winemakers' Reserve Hawke's Bay Syrah 2014

    £21.95 inc VAT
    6 Next Day Singles
  • Wild Earth Central Otago Pinot Noir 2012

    £17.95 £21.95 inc VAT
    1 Next Day Singles
  • Ata Rangi 'Célèbre' 2011

    £23.95 inc VAT
    4 Next Day Singles
  • Ata Rangi 'Célèbre' 2013

    £23.95 inc VAT
    Singles
  • Pegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2013

    £25.75 inc VAT
    2 Next Day Singles
  • Greywacke Marlborough Pinot Noir 2014

    £29.95 inc VAT
    1 Next Day Singles
  • Man O'War 'Dreadnought' Syrah 2013

    £39.95 inc VAT
    4 Next Day Singles
  • Te Mata Coleraine Cabernet Merlot 2011

    £45.95 inc VAT
    5 Next Day Singles
  • Ata Rangi Martinborough Pinot Noir 2015

    £53.95 inc VAT
    Singles