New Zealand is a lesser known producer of wine. However, you’ll find some truly stunning varieties that could make a truly unique addition to your collection. This is our guide to the very best in New Zealand wines, with some you’re probably aware of already, and others that you have yet to sample.
World’s best Sauvignon Blanc
There are two main white wines produced in New Zealand, these are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. There are many critics who argue that New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is the best in the world, an assertion that began in the 1980’s with the idea that Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in the Marlborough region of New Zealand featured the best flavours from both New and Old world versions of the wine. The Chardonnay grown in the North of New Zealand and produced in Central Otago is also well received but not nearly as popular.
Different critics have different views on New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, with some claiming that it’s too flamboyant. However, find a good bottle and it’ll be a valued addition to your collection.
New Zealand red wines
There’s also a lovely selection of reds grown in New Zealand, from Bordeauxs to Pinot Noirs. It must be said that the New Zealand Pinot Noir is currently the most popular red export, and a a result it’s likely to become more widely grown in coming years. New Zealand Pinot is generally well received, with a variety of regions receiving praise. Unlike previous years when the Central Otago variety outperformed the rest. New Zealand Pinot Noir tends to be comparatively full bodied and a really good bottle is signified by earthy flavours.
Sparkling Methode Traditionelle
If you’re looking for something a bit special then New Zealand sparkling wine is also well received. The Marlborough region has received interest from premium champagne experts. New Zealand Methode Traditionelle is well known for bearing a startling resemblance to true Champagne, whilst being far less expensive.
So if you’re looking to expand your collection and your repertoire then you could be surprised by the quality of New Zealand wines. The Sauvignon Blanc is obviously the most famous export, but there are plenty of other varieties that are well worth a look. You’ll also find that New Zealand wine has a characteristic fruity flavour that you may well come to recognise.