Buy New Zealand Wines

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Though the very first grape vines were planted in New Zealand as far back as 1819, only in the last twenty years has the wine industry here been anything to get excited about. Like a child who doesn't talk until he's four and then won't stop, so too have New Zealand's wine producers suddenly, in a very short period of time, not only begun to speak up, but be heard, all over the world. Critics claim that not only are New Zealand wines fine, some of them are arguably the best examples of the form found anywhere in the world.

Of course, there are those who will always be wed to the French original, but many critics have announced quite plainly that New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc may be the best in the world. Enthusiasts, in fact, praise the Marlborough area for "perfecting" the Sauvignon Blanc. It appears to be the addition of the local Marlborough gooseberry flavors which make their Sauvignon Blanc so unique and rich.

New Zealand: Where the Efforts Improve with Age, Too

Just across the sound from Marlborough lies Martinborough, which in recent years has achieved nice success with Pinot Noir. However, Marlborough, fully confident of their skills--having "perfected" the Sauvignon Blanc, and all,--are now rolling up their sleeves to tackle the Pinot Noir as well. Any competition between these two regions can only mean greater choices for fans of New Zealand reds.

Another area in New Zealand turning out product worth discovering is Hawke's Bay, located about midway in North Island. Hawke's Bay is apparently very well suited to Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. As in California, New Zealand wine producers are only now discovering which grapes truly work in each area. With Sauvignon Blanc leading the pack, and the record showing continual improvement with their Pinot Noirs, it's expected that the New Zealand Cabernets and Chardonnays too will continue to earn praise.


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