“…if you like cool-climate wines, including chardonnay, riesling, sauvignon blanc, cabernet, merlot, pinot noir and syrah, then NZ is a vinous treasure trove - and all within reasonable reach."Peter Nixon, Dan Murphy’s Australia, from huffingtonpost.com.au
Central to the success of New Zealand wine is our temperate maritime climate, the unwavering passion of our wine producers, and the highly distinctive nature of our wine styles.
Sauvignon Blanc was the first wine to put New Zealand on the map, and it developed a cult following with millions around the globe.
Four varieties - Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay - account for over 90% of wine production, but New Zealand also excels in the production of an increasing range of popular styles and varieties – with Riesling, Syrah, and Bordeaux Blends leading the way, and everything from Albariño to Zinfandel also being explored across New Zealand’s diverse wine regions.
The production of sparkling wines from New Zealand is small but critically renowned. High-quality Méthode Traditionelle wines display nutty, biscuity aromas that are often balanced with fresh acidity and fruit undertones, delivering complex and elegant wines.
In addition, New Zealand produces Rosé which exhibits fresh red berry aromas with gentle acidity and a luscious creamy texture on the palate. Made with Merlot and Cabernets in the north, and Pinot Noir in the south, the varietal character shines through in these wines.