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

11% offStaete Landt Pure Sauvignon Blanc 2018 75cl
A super fresh style of Savvy B from this awesome producer. Crisp elderflowers, bright apple and citrus, just a brilliant wine.  Ruud Maasdam founded Staete Landt in 1998 with the vision of making intensely flavoured, complex and 100% estate grown...
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Auntsfield Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2015 75cl
"This lovely Chardonnay comes from an estate that was established in 1873 and hit has lovely peach and pear flavours with some floral notes as well. The palate is well integrated with dried stone fruit ad a lovely oaky element...
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Alpha Domus Wingwalker Viognier 2016 75cl
"Loads of floral notes, lemon, stone fruit and then a palate of creamy vanilla, buttered warm bread rolls, peach, pear and hints of spiced orange. A lovely Viognier from the land of the Hobbit!" Contains Sulphites
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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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14% offPegasus 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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