Tucked away in a remote corner of the globe, New Zealand is a country of glorious unspoiled landscapes, exotic flora and fauna, and a culture that is renowned for its spirit of youthful imagination.
The two main islands of the country located between 36 – 46 latitude south produce less than one per cent of the world’s total, but
exports to many Pacific Rim countries, the United Kingdom, the U.S.A. and Canada.
The nine wine producing regions mainly grow sauvignon blanc, viognier, chardonnay, pinot gris, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon, syrah, and some experimental varieties.
Although sauvignon blanc is the dominant grape variety, pinot noir from Central Otago, Marlborough, and Nelson all on the south island is gaining many aficionados.
New Zealand pinot noir differs from that of Burgundy, but those from Nelson come very close.
This year, a fair number of wineries poured their products to an eager Toronto audience.
The following brands stood out:
Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, Eradus, Marlborough
Will be available at Vintages soon
Reserve Barrel fermented Chardonnay, 2012, Villa Maria, Gisborne
For orders contact mwicksted@pdandurand,com
Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, Loveblock Vintners, Marlborough
$ 25/95. Will be available at Vintages soon
King’s Thorn Pinot Gris, 2013, Marisco Vineyards
Private order, contact email@example.com
Sunkissed Pinto Gris, 2012, Pask Winery, Hawke’s Bay
$ 15.95 General list, available throughout the year
Pioneer Block 18 Snap Block Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, St. Clair Family Estates, Marlborough
For orders contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Rose, Akarua, Central Otago
$ 40.00 Private order contact Andrew@vonterra.com
Pinto Noir, 2011, Akarua, Central otago
Available at Vitages
Astrolabe Valley Pinto Noir, 2009, Astrolabe Winery, Marlborough
$ 24.95, Will be available at Vintages soon
The Patriarch Cabernet Sauvignon, 21011, Hawke’s Bay, Babich
$ 49.95, Will be available at Vintages soon
Te Pa Pinot Noir, 2011, Te Pa Family Winery, Marlborough
$ 35.95 contact Candice.email@example.com
Pinot noir, 2012, Forrest Winery, Marlborough
Consignment, contact firstname.lastname@example.org