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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, 2014


Sauvignon Blanc Tindall Vineyard Half Bottle, has aromas of...

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375ml £6.42

Shorn Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2017


The classic green gooseberry and passion fruit aromas and fl...

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750ml £8.99

Sauvignon Blanc, Cliff Edge, Marlborough,


Sauvignon Blanc, Cliff Edge, Marlborough has a complex pala...

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750ml £9.48

Marlborough Stopbanks Pinot Noir, 2013


Marlborough Stopbanks Pinot Noir has intense aromatics of b...

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750ml £9.94

Sauvignon Blanc Mud House, Marlborough, 2016


Sauvignon Blanc by Mud House from Marlborough in New Zealand...

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750ml £9.99

Marlborough Stopbanks Sauvignon Blanc, 2015


Marlborough Stopbanks Sauvignon Blanc has intense, lifted a...

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750ml £10.97

Sauvignon Blanc, Marisco Vineyards, Marlborough, 2016


Sauvignon Blanc, Marisco Vineyards from Marlborough is spicy...

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750ml £11.38

Marlborough Delta Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, 2016


Marlborough Delta Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc has concentrated...

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750ml £11.42

Sauvignon Blanc Ribbonwood Marlborough, 2014


Sauvignon Blanc Ribbonwood Marlborough has ripe grapefruit ...

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750ml £11.88

Hawkes Bay Trinity Hill Sauvignon Blanc, 2015


Hawkes Bay Trinity Hill Sauvignon Blanc has gentle flavours...

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750ml £12.34

Sauvignon Blanc Tindall Vineyards, Marlborough, 2015


Sauvignon Blanc Tindall Vineyards, Marlborough, has aromas o...

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750ml £12.83

Hawkes Bay Trinity Hill Chardonnay, 2014


Hawkes Bay Trinity Hill Chardonnay has a typically fresh ar...

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750ml £13.67

Hawkes Bay Trinity Hill Syrah, 2015


Hawkes Bay Trinity Hill Syrah has blackberry, warm spice an...

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750ml £13.71

Riesling Ribbonwood Marlborough, 2013


Riesling Ribbonwood Marlborough is a gentle off dry wine wit...

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750ml £13.78

Kono Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, 2015


Kono Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough has great aromatics of...

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750ml £13.78

Sauvignon Blanc The Crossings, Awatere Valley Marlborough, 2014


Sauvignon Blanc The Crossings, Awatere Valley Marlborough, N...

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750ml £13.82

Marlborough "Hatter's Hill" Sauvignon Blanc, 2014


Marlborough \"Hatter\'s Hill\" Sauvignon Blanc is a wine of...

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750ml £13.89

Pinot Gris, Tinpot Hut Wines, Marlborough, 2016


Pinot Gris, Tinpot Hut Wines, Marlborough in New Zealand has...

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750ml £13.92

Green Lip Sauvignon Blanc Jackson Estate Marlborough, 2014


Pronounced aromas of passion fruit and nettles. Mineral unde...

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750ml £13.95

Pinot Noir, Marlborough, Marisco Vineyards, 2011


Pinot Noir, Marlborough, Marisco Vineyards has crunchy, war...

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750ml £14.23

Pinot Noir Mud House, Central Otago, 2015


Pinot Noir Mud House from Central Otago in New Zealand has f...

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750ml £14.73

Syrah, Trinity Hill, Hawkes Bay, 2016


Syrah, Trinity Hill, Hawkes Bay is an exciting wine with so...

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750ml £14.75

Hawkes Bay "The Trinity" Trinity Hill, 2014


Hawkes Bay \"The Trinity\" Trinity Hill has light tannin an...

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750ml £14.86

Hawkes Bay Trinity Hill Pinot Noir, 2016


Hawkes Bay Trinity Hill Pinot Noir has primary aromas of ra...

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750ml £15.73

Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc, Ata Rangi, 2016


Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc, Ata Rangi in New Zealand with...

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750ml £15.75

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