New Zealand

"If New Zealand learns how to make Chardonnay, then we are all screwed"  These are the words of an Australian winemaker, who makes very tasty Chardonnay, which really shows how much untapped potential the country has.

Sadly it has been hiding behind Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Central Otago Pinot Noir for too long.  They are delicious, no argument from me there, but their Gewurztraminer, Cabernet Merlots, Chenin Blancs, non-Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs, Syrahs and Rieslings are all outstanding and nobody is drinking them!

Fortunately this is changing and these wines are becoming more popular and there are some stonking Chardonnays too - Australia should be worried!

My favourite producers

Alpha Domus | Auntsfield Estate | Main Divide | Pegasus Bay | Rapaura Springs

Pegasus Bay Riesling 2015 75cl
The bouquet and flavour suggest peaches, apricots, lychees, frangipani, honeysuckle and mandarin. It is concentrated and mouth filling with a backbone of minerality and tangy acidity that complements it’s off dry finish and draws out its length. With careful cellaring...
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Pegasus Bay Chardonnay 2017 75cl
On release the wine light lemon/straw colour. The aromas and flavours suggest citrus fruits, apricot, yellow fleshed peach and mango with complexing savoury overtones of oatmeal, toast, grilled mushrooms and vanilla pod. It is powerful and creamy on the palate...
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Only 1 leftPegasus Bay Pinot Noir 2016 75cl
Wonderful finesse, lovely bright blackberries, raspberries and cinnamon coming out. There is a savoury note too, with some barbecued pork fat and a little bit of roast tomato too. Sustainable Winemaking Contains Sulphites  
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