About New Zealander Wine

About New Zealander 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

Voyager Point 2021  Sauvignon Blanc
95 points
$9
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of roasted yellow pepper, grapefruit, gooseberry, and pickled jalapeño with a silky, bright, fruity fat body and a polished, delightful, long finish displaying notes of guava-pineapple relish and spiced green apple with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delicious and appetizing wine with superb texture and drinkability.
95 points $9 Best Buy
Cupcake 2021  Sauvignon Blanc
94 points
$11
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of pickled grapefruit, pineapple, and mango slices, chive and ramps, cucumber and tomato salad, and jalapeño with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, long finish revealing shades of honeyed white grapefruit and passionfruit with no oak flavor. A zesty, very tropical, spot on New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that is sure to please.
94 points $11 Best Buy
Chloe 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
94 points
$16
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed grapefruit, passionfruit, and savannah grass with a supple, crisp, fruity medium body and an even, long finish with shades of spiced green apple and red pepper, asian pear, and gooseberry jam with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delightfully drinkable, spot-on New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that will be very versatile.
94 points $16 Best Buy
Lake Road 2021  Sauvignon Blanc
94 points
$24
Pale straw color. Aromas of fresh asparagus, marjoram, passion fruit, magnolia blossom, and marmalade with a round, lively, fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, long meyer lemon and candied ginger finish with no oak flavor. An ultra-concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with style for days.
Archetype 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$10
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit, pickled pepper, and peach-gooseberry jam with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, engaging, easy finish revealing accents of honeyed kiwi and ruby grapefruit and guava and passionfruit with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A juicy, tropical Sauvignon Blanc that will be great with sushi and salads.
93 points $10 Best Buy
Brancott Estate 2020 Flight Song Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$14
Best Buy
Pale straw green color. Aromas and flavors of pink grapefruit, wheat grass, star fruit, and fresh bell pepper with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish evoking accents of Meyer lemon with no oak flavor. Classic juicy, fruity and grassy notes will certainly appeal to lovers of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Sunshine Bay 2021  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$7.95
White gold color. Tropical aromas and flavors of grapefruit, passionfruit, gosseberry jam, and hungarian pepper with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-long finish that presents overtones of meyer lemon and white raspberry with fine, fruit tannins. A bright and zesty sauvignon blanc bursting with tropical citrus flavors.
90 points $7.95
Sunshine Bay 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$7.95
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of gooseberry, ripe peach, fresh cut grass, and white grapefruit with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, engaging, medium-long finish with notes of pickled heart of palm with no oak flavor. A rock solid Sauvignon Blanc that hits the spot.
90 points $7.95 Best Buy
Koru 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Fruity, grassy aromas and flavors of ruby red grapefruit, wheatgrass, ripe pear, jalapeño, and yuzu with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of candied pineapple and lime. A juicy, mouthwatering Sauvignon Blanc with plenty of Marlborough style.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Epic Run 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of lime, ginger, ripe peach, white grapefruit, and roasted yellow pepper with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a sleek, engaging, medium-length passion fruit and cilantro finish. A classic, juicy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that hits the spot.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy