New Zealand

New Zealand

Any grape which New Zealand winegrowers touch lately seems to turn to gold. The distinctive character of Sauvignon Blanc continues to tick all the boxes, while their Pinot Noir can arguably stand up some of the finest Burgundies. Just about every other main French grape variety grown here is making top class wines, while the Italian variety Sangiovese is also proving a success.

New Zealand though is a tale of two islands. The north island can grow Cabernet Sauvignon, but the south island just doesn’t have enough sunshine days to ripen it. Sauvignon Blanc wines from north island areas such as Hawkes Bay are quite different to those from the better-known Marlborough region in the south island.

Pinot Noir is perhaps the most interesting grape, as it produces distinctly different wines in the five major regions where it is cultivated – Wairarapa (Martinborough) in the north, and Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury (Waipara) and Central Otago in the south. The latter is the world’s most southerly commercial vineyard where grapes are often not harvested until May. Otago Pinots are very good, but also quite pricey; the better value is to be found in Waipara and Marlborough.


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From the select "Private Label" range of Villa Maria, this Bordeaux style Merlot and Cabernet blend exhibits rich blackberry and raspberry notes on the nose, leading to a palate packed with juicy red cherry and cedar spice with an underlying tobacco character.

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Single Estate wine with delicate aromas of pear and nectarine which flow through to honeyed floral and citrus notes on the palate. 

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Classy Hawke's Bay Chardonnay at its best with with aromas of citrus, vanilla and crème brulee and a rich, brightly acidic palate with white peach flavours and toasty oak that adds to the wines complexity.

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With its beautiful pink rose petal colour, this Rosé is a sophisticated, crisp and easy drinking wine. Initial aromatics of candy floss, strawberries and florals, are supported by some subtle base notes of spice and musk. On the palate this wine displays bright primary fruit, refreshing acidity and a medium body.

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Pale lemon straw. Ripe Sauvignon Blanc aromatics with notes of white peach, citrus blossom, honeysuckle and lemon peel. Harmonious and rich on the palate with ripe citrus and fresh apple and a layered, dry, textural feel.

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Fresh, citrus focused aromas with hints of lemonwood and crushed nettle. The palate expresses supple fruit weight, dried herb and citrus zest finishing long and balanced.

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