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2014 New Zealand Annual Wine Tasting – Toronto

New Zealand

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:

White wines

Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, Eradus, Marlborough
91/100
$ 17.95
Will be available at Vintages soon

Reserve Barrel fermented Chardonnay, 2012, Villa Maria, Gisborne
90/100
For orders contact mwicksted@pdandurand,com

Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, Loveblock Vintners, Marlborough
88/100
$ 25/95. Will be available at Vintages soon

King’s Thorn Pinot Gris, 2013, Marisco Vineyards
89/100
$ 19.95
Private order, contact glencairn@gmail.com

Sunkissed Pinto Gris, 2012, Pask Winery, Hawke’s Bay
89/100
$ 15.95 General list, available throughout the year

Pioneer Block 18 Snap Block Sauvignon Blanc, 2013, St. Clair Family Estates, Marlborough
88+/100
For orders contact aheffernan@pmacanada.com

Sparkling rose

Rose, Akarua, Central Otago
91/100
$ 40.00 Private order contact Andrew@vonterra.com

red wines

Pinto Noir, 2011, Akarua, Central otago
91/100
$ 38.95
Available at Vitages

Astrolabe Valley Pinto Noir, 2009, Astrolabe Winery, Marlborough
90/100
$ 24.95, Will be available at Vintages soon

The Patriarch Cabernet Sauvignon, 21011, Hawke’s Bay, Babich
93/100
$ 49.95, Will be available at Vintages soon

Te Pa Pinot Noir, 2011, Te Pa Family Winery, Marlborough
91/100
$ 35.95 contact Candice.adams@familywinemerchants.com

Pinot noir, 2012, Forrest Winery, Marlborough
90/100
$ 26.95

Consignment, contact mark@abconwine.com

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