About Red Wines from New Zealand

About Red Wines from New Zealand
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

Red Wines

Duck Hunter 2018  Pinot Noir
92 points
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
Invivo 2016  Pinot Noir
90 points
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 flavor. A very interesting and bright pinot with a spicy, savory palate.