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

Only 1 leftChasing Rabbits Grenache 2020 75cl
According to Bosman winemaker Corlea Fourie, Chasing Rabbits captures the fine tension and clarity of young Grenache Noir fruit. Produced in Wellington, South Africa, the grapes come from a certified organic vineyard called Gesamelike Wei, which means communal pasture –...
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Bob short for Kate Sauvignon Blanc 2019 75cl
The Sauvignon Blanc from superstar winemaker Ben Glover; The name ‘BOB’ Short for Kate references his family’s love of the television show Blackadder. An elegant example of Marlborough Sauvignon, showing white peach, melon, citrus fruits and subtle tropical notes. Lean...
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Auntsfield Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2018 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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Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2019 75cl
A Kiwi classic - a brilliant wine, loads of bright fruit and then an all encompassing elegance.  Dog Point Vineyard was established in 2002, by partners Ivan & Margaret Sutherland and James & Wendy Healy. With a passion for producing...
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Isabel Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2020 75cl
A pure tropical fruit nose of passionfruit and gooseberry gives way to nuances of blackcurrant, grapefruit, and underlying flinty aromas. The palate is concentrated and enticing, coupled with the classic Isabel “Old Vine” mineral tones, making this wine refreshing and...
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Bob short for Kate Pinot Noir 2020 75cl
Bob Short for Kate by Marlborough’s talented Ben Glover pays homage to his sister, nicknamed ‘Bob Short for Kate’ (some of you may well get the Black Adder reference!) A bright, brambly hue with aromas of wild berries, cherries, raspberry...
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Isabel Estate Chardonnay 2016 75cl
Oh, what a lovely Chardonnay - tropical fruit, oak coming through, a beautiful balance that hints towards Burgundy but being totally Kiwi at the same time. Isabel Estate is one of the original Marlborough vineyards with some of the oldest...
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Dog Point Chardonnay 2018 75cl
A Kiwi classic - a brilliant wine, loads of bright fruit and then an all encompassing elegance.  Dog Point Vineyard was established in 2002, by partners Ivan & Margaret Sutherland and James & Wendy Healy. With a passion for producing...
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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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