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
$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
Duck Hunter 2019  Pinot Noir
88 points
$29
Dusty ruby color. Earthy aromas of fertile earth, tomato, black cassis, mocha, wild mint, and fragrant mushrooms with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length char-roasted nuts and seeds and blackberry preserves finish with light oak flavor. A dense, earthy Pinot Noir from New Zealand.
Kumeu Village 2018  Pinot Noir
84 points
$20
Light ruby color. Aromas and flavors of dried cherry and raspberry, tobacco leaf, jute, and charcoal with a lean, bright, dry light body and a polished, medium-length finish with notes of slate, tea, and thyme. A steely and lean Pinot Noir.