About New Zealand Wine

About New Zealand Wine
The New Zealand wine industry has complete changed over the past thirty years. What was once a sleepy cottage industry has now become a modern business, with producers crafting remarkable wines form a few superior districts.

Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough district, situated at the northern end of the South Island, instantly became a worldwide phenomenon in the 1990s. The typical examples offers ripe gooseberry and line aromas, assertive herbal favors and a rich finish with tangy acidity. Not only did Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc put New Zealand on the viticultural map, today, it is recognized as one of the iconic wine styles anywhere on the planet.

This success has led to other varieties being planted in specific territories in the country, such as Pinot Noir in Central Otago and Martinborough (as well as Marlborough), red Bordeaux varieties in Hawke's Bay, and several other cultivars.

Today New Zealand ranks fourteenth in wine production in the world and has gained new respect as well as sales in many export countries.

Top Picks for New Zealand

Kumeu River Vineyard 2017 Estate Chardonnay
94 points
$35
Golden straw color. Aromas of pineapple, roasted peach, vanilla gelato, freshly grated nutmeg, and suede with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long lemon chiffon and artisan toffee finish with well-integrated, soft, fruit tannins and light oak flavor. An elegant, creamy Chardonnay with seamless complexity and style.
Havelock 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Inviting aromas of green pineapple, ripe grapefruit, gooseberry, and fresh grass clippings with a silky, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a stimulating, medium-length mango, guava, dill, and sea salt finish. A extroverted, flavor-packed sauvignon blanc; Marlborough in a bottle.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under' Best Value New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Exceptional Value
92 points $13.99 Best Buy
Duck Hunter 2018  Pinot Noir
92 points
$29.99
Emerald straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, cracked black and pink peppercorns, cherry skin, and hint of lit pipe tobacco with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, stimulating, medium-long finish conveying accents of cranberry, nuts, and marinated cucumber with fine, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. An intriguing spicy and savory pinot with a come hither personality and a rewarding finish.
92 points $29.99
Voyager Point 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Tropical aromas of ripe grapefruit, guava flavored cotton candy, papaya and banana salad, and gooseberry with a satiny, crisp, light body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length lemon gummies, limestone, and white pepper finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, tropical fruit salad of a Sauvignon Blanc; balanced and vivid.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Prophecy 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of ruby red grapefruit zest, gooseberry preserves, finger lime, yellow heirloom tomato, green pepper, and ground white pepper with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, complex, medium-long nasturtium leaf, juicy golden kiwi, green pepper relish, and celery seed finish with no oak flavor. Get lost in a glass of this complex flavor trip of a Sauvignon Blanc.
92 points $14 Best Buy
Exquisite Collection 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Fresh aromas and flavors of ripe gooseberry, meyer lemon, kiwi, wet stone, and chamomile tea with honey with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with touches of fresh wheat grass with no oak flavor. A crisp and aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with all the juicy charm you’re looking for.
91 points $8.99 Best Buy
Island Nation 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$12.90
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of candied grapefruit peel, bay leaf, gooseberry, peas, and white peach with a silky, vibrant, light body and a captivating, medium-length finish with notes of white pepper, lime spritz, and wet stone with no oak flavor. Lively and extroverted, this Sauvignon Blanc combines the tropical and herbal notes the region is known for, with a long, intense finish that be a super pairing to shellfish.
91 points $12.90
Villa Maria 2018 Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit, pickled pepper, and barbecue sweet potato chip with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a charming, medium-long finish with touches of green apple and pineapple with well-integrated, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A very tasty and quenching sauvignon blanc for all occasions.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Esk Valley Estate 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$15
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of geranium and carnation, marinated peppers, and grilled grapefruit with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a delightful, breezy finish displaying notes of marinated citrus rinds with chewy, fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A well-composed and elegant sauvignon blanc with fine balance and flavor.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Duck Hunter 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$19.99
Pale straw color. Citrusy aromas of white grapefruit, lime, and white strawberry with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length lychee, tangerine, and yellow tomato salad finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, spot-on Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc; classic.
91 points $19.99