New Zealand started its wine revolution in mid 1970’s, before that, products were average and below, with no particular attributes.
Then a few young and ambitious New Zealanders discovered sauvignon blanc, and decided to make fine wine that would gain the attention of the world.
The country’s population cannot consume all the wines, and all must export to survive.
The best market for New Zealand wines is the Untied Kingdom, followed by the U S A, then Canada, and a few European countries.
Boutique wineries cannot afford to get involved in export marketing efford and rely on small marketing companies that offer their services to many.
Recently, Toronto wine writers were offered an opportunity to taste boutique winery wines from Marlborough, Central Otago, North Canterbury and Martinborough.
All were impressive and represented the regions’ terroirs.
Here are my notes:
Signature Sauvignon Blanc, 2012, Ant Moore, Marlborough
Subtle grassy, gooseberry aromas dominate the nose, medium-bodied, smooth and flavourful with a long finish.
Riesling, 2011, Archangel, central Otago
This organically farmed 23-hectare estate on elevated schistuous gravel terraces yields typical Rieslings with smells of petrol, and aromas of fruit, and has good acidity. The 2011 Riesling offered an
excellent balance, and depth.
Lakeside Riesling, 2011, Ostler, North Canterbury
The Ostler Estate is the leading winery in New Zealand’s coldest wine-growing region.
The Lakeside label is light, fragrant, with a little residual sugar, and good balance.
Lakeside Pinot Gris, 2011, Ostler
An outstanding, full-bodied wine produced from fully ripe fruit. Alsatian style with a savoury finish. Superb food wine for pan-fried fillet of sole, shrimps with dill and cream sauce, boiled lobster with drawn butter.
Audrey’s Pinot Gris, 2011, Ostler
Offers intensity, elegance with depth and elegance. Full-bodied, smooth, sensuous and eminently enjoyable with food or without.
Pinot Noir, 2011, Terra Sancta,
Outstanding vibrant red colour with excellent berry aromas. Full-bodied, powerful, well-balanced with a long and satisfying finish.
Pinot Noir, 2010, Cambridge Road, Martinborough
The region located west of Marlborough on the South Island’s northern part. Cambridge Road’s owner, Lance, farms his vineyards bio-dynamically and prunes for low yields so as to concentrate flavour.
This pinot noir offers distinct dark cherry and berry aromas. It is mid-weight, with layers of exotic flavours, and fine balance. An excellent wine overall to enjoy on its own or with roast leg of lamb, grilled lamb chops, roast rack of provimi veal, and hard cheeses.
Caroline Pinot Noir, 2009, Ostler
Berry aromas waft out of the glass. In the mouth barnyard flavours become discernable. Smooth, elegant, full-bodied with a remarkably long finish.
Jackson Pinot Noir, 2011, Tarra Sancta
The vineyards are located in the heart of Central Otago, and are farmed organically. This pinot noir is dark red, intense, brimming with smokey flavours. Elegant and refined. Superbly balanced with a long aftertaste.
Pinto Noir, 2010, TOSQ, Otago
From organically farmed schistuous soil, and terraced vineyards that are tended by the owners.
The wine is deep red, with a great complexity, fruit and excellent structure. It has a fine acid-backbone with a lively mouth fee.
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