About White Wines from New Zealand

About White 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

White Wines

Kumeu River Vineyard 2017 Estate Chardonnay
94 points
$35
Golden straw color. Aromas of pineapple, roasted peach, vanilla gelato, freshly grated nutmeg, and suede with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long lemon chiffon and artisan toffee finish with well-integrated, soft, fruit tannins and light oak flavor. An elegant, creamy Chardonnay with seamless complexity and style.
Havelock 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Inviting aromas of green pineapple, ripe grapefruit, gooseberry, and fresh grass clippings with a silky, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a stimulating, medium-length mango, guava, dill, and sea salt finish. A extroverted, flavor-packed sauvignon blanc; Marlborough in a bottle.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under' Best Value New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Exceptional Value
92 points $13.99 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
Exquisite Collection 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Fresh aromas and flavors of ripe gooseberry, meyer lemon, kiwi, wet stone, and chamomile tea with honey with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with touches of fresh wheat grass with no oak flavor. A crisp and aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with all the juicy charm you’re looking for.
91 points $8.99 Best Buy
Island Nation 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$12.90
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of candied grapefruit peel, bay leaf, gooseberry, peas, and white peach with a silky, vibrant, light body and a captivating, medium-length finish with notes of white pepper, lime spritz, and wet stone with no oak flavor. Lively and extroverted, this Sauvignon Blanc combines the tropical and herbal notes the region is known for, with a long, intense finish that be a super pairing to shellfish.
91 points $12.90
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
Cupcake 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$11
Best Buy
Straw color. Fruity aromas of juicy grapefruit, passion fruit, summer peach, ripe pineapple, young coconut, and mango with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, delightful, medium-length hints-of-banana, gremolata, and watermelon finish. A concentrated, playfully fruity Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
90 points $11 Best Buy
Waipapa Bay 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of underripe pineapple, green tomato, fresh cut grass, and pink peppercorn with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length yuzu, pineapple, and tropical fruit smoothie finish. A bright, concentrated and fruity Sauvignon Blanc that refreshes and satisfies.
90 points $14 Best Buy