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Historically New Zealand has been famed for being at the extreme other side of the World and sheep carrying rugby players. Then, about fifty years ago Sauvignon Blanc started to be associated with this beautiful country, then not too long after Pinot Noir, then in recent decades Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon are making a lot of headway both locally and in the export market. Now New Zealand Winemakers are producing excellent wines from most European grape varieties…..but Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir are still the tops, much to do with the ideal maritime climate and many years of trial and error.
New Zealand's wine regions extend over 1000 miles from sub-tropical Northland all the way down to Otago the World's most southerly wine region.
Alexander Hadleigh Wines based in Southampton,Hampshire, UK have to be very honest since they have a big bias for New Zealand Wines since one of the owners Del Taylor originates from that distant land and has lived through the development period as briefly described above. And maybe that’s the reason Alexander Hadleigh Wine Merchants carries such a large and varied selection of New Zealand Wines. The wine series stocked is well represented of both the North and South Island and the wine regions include and in no priority order Marlborough, Otago, Hawke's Bay, Nelson, Gisborne, Wairarapa and Auckland.
Marlborough put New Zealand on the international wine stage with its impeccable Sauvignon Blanc back about 40 years. Known as one of New Zealand's most sunny and dry regions combined with its diverse soils enables Marlborough to grow a large range of grape varieties including Pinot Noir and superb Chardonnay.
Pinot Noir is king in the Otago Wine Region with its distinctive mountainous terrain and unique climate also supporting charming and delicious Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Grape vines were first planted in Hawke's Bay in the 1850's, although it produces great Chardonnay, the region which has a lenthy growing season has built up following and international reputation for quality wines made from Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Again because of the long growing season it produces some of New Zealand's best Dessert Wines.
Nelson situated on the top of the South Island has a sheltered and mild coastal climate and its predominant grape varieties are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The regions stony alluvial soils help produce a slightly lighter style of wine, than its near neighbour Marlborough.
Gisborne situated on the East Coast of the North Island approximately halfway between the Country's Capital Wellington and New Zealand's largest city Auckland. It’s New Zealand's third largest wine growing region with Chardonnay being the primary grape variety followed Pinot Gris.
Wairarapa which means "Glistering Waters" in Maori is often seen as a boutique region producing a range of high quality wines from many different grape varities including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah. Wairarapa has two main subregions Gladstone and Martinborough, both producing top of the range Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.
Auckland is a very large and diverse wine region with many subregions with similar volcanic clay rich soils encircled by a maritime
climate producing a wide selection grape varieties and styles of wine. Three of Auckland's largest subregions are:
West Auckland well known for its Chardonnay and Merlot. Waiheke an island famed for its Cabernet Sauvignon blends and Italian style blends. Matakana north of Auckland produces fine wines from Pinot Gris and Syrah vines.
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Sauvignon Blanc Tindall Vineyard Half Bottle, has aromas of fresh herbs, grapefruit with hints of mango and tropical fruits, refreshing zing and mouth filling flavours,
Sauvignon Blanc, Marisco Vineyards from Marlborough is spicy pink grapefruit, lemon citrus with subtle fruit notes and sea shell like minerality on a long finish,
Kim Crawford Wines was established in late 1996, when Kim launched a range of wines made from fruit grown in the South Island. Kim sold the company to Constellation in 2005 and has since handed the winemaking reins over to the Constellation winemaking team. Despite Kim no longer being involved with these wines, the current winemakers continue the classic Kim Crawford philosophy and style. Control over grape supply has always been essential for Kim Crawford Wines and they now have the largest vineyard resource in Marlborough of any wine company, across the greatest breadth of sub-regions, ensuring consistency of quality and style.
Seifried Old Coach Road Sauvignon Blanc from Nelson is punchy and flavoursome. The nose is packed with tropical notes and grapefruit. The palate entry is clean and crisp with layers of fruit and well balanced freshness from the natural acidity. A long generous finish lingers on.
Marlborough Stopbanks Sauvignon Blanc has intense, lifted aromas of passion fruit, complimented by ripe gooseberry, herbal notes and a touch of lime. It is light-bodied, dry, crisp wine with powerful passion fruit and underlying lime and herbal tones on the palate. The finish is fresh and vibrant.
Sauvignon Blanc The Crossings, Awatere Valley Marlborough, New Zealand has powerful aromas of limes, passionfruit, herbal notes, melon, stonefruit flavours with a zesty, flinty mineral finish,
Hawkes Bay Trinity Hill Sauvignon Blanc has gentle flavours and aromas of lime, citrus and lemongrass complement the distinct aroma of stone fruit. A mineral element gives presence to a Sancerre-like textual character in the wine. The fresh fruity acidity is balanced by a tiny amount of retained sweetness.
Seifried Old Coach Road Unoaked Chardonnay,Nelson has a clean freshness and yet is smooth and mellow in nature. The nose has ripe peach and citrus notes while the palate is generous and mouth-filling. There is fruit brightness on a background of fresh baked shortbread. The palate is dry, full and flavoursome with a lasting finish.
Sauvignon Blanc Ribbonwood Marlborough has ripe grapefruit and lemon flavours with a mineral note from the stoney riverbed soils, Awarded Gold Medal from Drinks Business Sauvignon Blanc Masters, selected from 156 other Sauvignon Blanc wines from 11 different countries and all tasted blind which makes the award even more impressive,
Kim Crawford Wines was established in late 1996, when Kim launched a range of wines made from fruit grown in the South Island. Kim sold the company to Constellation and has since handed the winemaking reins over to the Constellation winemaking team. Despite Kim no longer being involved with these wines, the current winemakers continue the classic Kim Crawford philosophy and style.
The Framingham label was launched in 1994 with one Riesling, and has since expanded to include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Framingham produces wines from their 19.5 hectare estate vineyard (certified organic since 2014) and other selected sites. Their Riesling vines, planted in 1981, are among the oldest in Marlborough Winemaker Dr Andrew Hedley joined Framingham in 2001, bringing with him an obsession with – and a reputation for – making great Riesling. Indeed, Jancis Robinson MW hails Andrew as “one of the most skilled practitioners of Riesling anywhere in the world”.
Tinpot Hut Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough in New Zealand is a complex and elegant wine with intense aromas of blackcurrant, crushed lemongrass and thyme, mingled with passionfruit and melon highlights. On the palate, underlying ripe fruit and mineral notes from the grapes grown in the Blind River sub region of Marlborough combine well with the more tropical notes of passionfruit and melon from the Wairau Valley vineyards. A stylish and pleasingly rich Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with vibrant aromatics and a fine balance of acidity leading to a lingering finish. Certified Sustainable Winegrowing.
The Framingham label was launched in 1994 with one Riesling, and has since expanded to include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Framingham produces wines from their 19.5 hectare estate vineyard (certified organic since 2014) and other selected sites. Their Riesling vines, planted in 1981, are among the oldest in Marlborough Winemaker Dr Andrew Hedley joined Framingham in 2001, bringing with him an obsession obsession with – and a reputation for – making great Riesling. . Indeed, Jancis Robinson MW hails Andrew as “one of the most skilled practitioners of of Riesling anywhere in the world”.
In the renowned Marlborough wine region of New Zealand lies the ancient glacial Awatere Valley. In the nineteenth century, early pioneers stopped in this valley at a spot where their horses could wade across the mighty Awatere River. They called this place The Crossing.
Matt Thomson has worked over forty vintages in numerous wine regions around the world and is involved as a consultant with many vineyards. Now he has decided to launch his own wines and break some rules with Blank Canvas wines.
Green Lip Sauvignon Blanc Jackson Estate Marlborough, has pronounced aromas of passion fruit and nettles. Mineral undercurrent - a mouthful of sweet and sour stone and yellow fruits, wrapped witha backbone of ripe acidity.
Two Paddocks Picnic Riesling, Central Otago, the fruit is organically grown on two small blocks at the home vineyard (HQ), The Red Bank Farm & Vineyard in Earnscleugh, Alexandra. Off dry with lime, loquat, spicy wild flower aromatics followed by a warm, citrus driven flavour profile showing great length, texture and drive.