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

Whitehaven 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Citrusy, tropical aromas and flavors of tropical fruit salad, grapefruit marmalade, and yellow pepper with a supple, tangy, petillant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, intricate, very long green apple, peach, honey, and wheatgrass finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A great sauvignon blanc with rich tropical flavors and a long, satisfying finish.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Waikiwi Bay 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$6.96
Best Buy
Pale emerald straw color. Citrusy, grassy aromas and flavors of grapefruit zest, wheat grass, green almond, and dried green apples with a round, racy, light body and an even, stimulating, long grapefruit curd, citrus pith, kiwi and kumquat relish, and lemon lime soda finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A bright and cheerful NZ Sauvignon Blanc with a great finish.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best New Zealand White Wine
93 points $6.96 Best Buy
Brancott Estate 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$15
Best Buy
Bright emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of kiwi and melon relish, roasted yellow pepper, and pickled root vegetables with an vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a complex, long white grapefruit, passionfruit and mango, and olive finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A toothsome, tropical sauvignon blanc that is sure to please.
Awards: '2017 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under' Best Value New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Exceptional Value
92 points $15 Best Buy
Kono 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Bright silvery emerald straw color. Grassy, citrusy aromas of gooseberry, freshly grated ruby red grapefruit zest, wheat grass, and fresh tomato leaf with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an appealing, medium-long fresh nectarine, lavender, papaya and passionfruit, and polished stones finish with well-integrated, fine tannins. A highly aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with great concentration and stunning fruit flavors.
92 points $13.99 Best Buy
Villa Maria 2016 Private Bin Rosé Hawkes Bay
92 points
$15
Best Buy
Bright pink coral color. Aromas of grapefruit zest, fresh cut grass, cherry skins, and bumbleberry with a supple, crisp, light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length wild cherry jam and fertile earth finish with fine, fruit tannins. A pink and cheery alternative to sauvignon blanc.
92 points $15 Best Buy
90+ Cellars 2017  Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of guava, passionfruit, and lime with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long green pineapple and nectarine, grass, and minerals finish with no oak. A classy sauvignon blanc with fine minerality and a sense of place
91 points $11.99 Best Buy
Tohu 2017 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Clear silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of passionfruit, eucalyptus, ripe gooseberry, pineapple, and fresh wheatgrass with an racy, dryish medium body and an appealing, medium-long finish with no oak. A mouthwatering true to form Marlborough Sauv Blanc.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Cardigan Bay 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked gherkin, potato and jalapeño, grilled grapefruit, and ghee with an bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a distinctive, long green tomato-guava relish, lemongrass and verbena, and minerals finish with fine, silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A very distinctive, super savory and umami-laden sauvignon blanc.
Awards: '2017 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under'
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Exquisite Collection 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Brilliant silvery straw color. Citrusy, tropical aromas and flavors of grapefruit, green pepper, and passionfruit with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an appealing, medium-long green apple and pear, wheatgrass, and vanilla milk finish with no oak. A very tasty NZ sauvignon blanc with nice balance and varietal character.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Prophecy 2016  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Citrusy, savory aromas and flavors of grapefruit custard and red bell pepper with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, relaxed mango-pineapple relish, pink peppercorn, and grass finish with no oak. A savory appetizing sauvignon blanc that will shine at the table.
90 points $14 Best Buy