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
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. 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. Get lost in a glass of this complex flavor trip of a Sauvignon Blanc.
92 points $14 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
Graham Norton’s Own 2017 Graham Nortons Own Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$15
Best Buy
Bright silvery straw color. Aromas of fresh sliced lemon, water lily, key lime, underripe kiwi, and fresh cut grass with a satiny, lively, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long shale, flint, pressed flowers, lemon verbena, tangerine zest, and passionfruit finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A stylish and rich Sauvignon Blanc that will make an excellent dinner companion.
91 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
Taonga 2017 Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$13
Best Buy
Light emerald straw color. Vegetal, tropical aromas of passionfruit, eucalyptus, and ruby red grapefruit with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length starfruit, tangerine, and mango finish with no oak. A tropical bouquet of fruit & acidity all rolled into a crushable NZ Sauv Blanc package.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Invivo 2016  Pinot Noir
90 points
$25
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of spiced kiwis, proscuitto wrapped honeydew, cherry paste, and Indonesian sweet soy sauce with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length pomegranate, dates, and marinating spices finish with woody tannins and light oak. A very interesting and bright pinot with a spicy, savory palate.