New Zealand wine is largely produced in ten major wine growing regions spanning latitudes 36° to 45° South and extending 990 mi. The regions are from north to south; Northland, Auckland, Waikato/Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Wellington, Nelson, Marlborough, Canterbury/Waipara and Central Otago. New Zealand red wines are typically made from a blend of varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and much less often Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec), or Pinot Noir. Recently, in Hawkes Bay, there have been wines made from Syrah, either solely or blends, as well as Tempranillo, Montepulciano and Sangiovese. In white wines Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc predominate in plantings and production. Individual wine makers and the particular qualities of a vintage are more likely to determine factors such as malolactic fermentation or the use of oak for aging.
- Item #: i_302734Bottle Size: 750MLBlackberry, cinnamon, and minerals mesh for an intense and complex aroma and flavor profile. Layers of fine tannin lend tension to the opulent fruit flavors and provide the framework for the long and intense finish.
The fruit for Te Kahu is grown in the Hawkes Bay Gimblett Gravels Vineyard, which has one of the warmest, driest, most sundrenched climates in New Zealand. Stony gravel in the soil forces the vines to fight for water, giving the grapes a particular vibrancy. Fruit was hand harvested and destemmed before undergoing fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine was matured for 13 months in French oak barriques, 19% new.
- Item #: i_380558Bottle Size: 750mlWinemaker Notes - Crushed sea shells and delicate citrus blossom lead the focussed and detailed nose. The palate follows with a salinity and minerality that is subtle, complex and intriguing. Devoid of any overt wine-making characters, the wine offers a transparency that allows its unique vineyard origin of schist gravel soils to really shine and take centre stage. Refined and poised with serious precision.
- Item #: i_383628Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 92Vinous Media: 92 PointsJames Suckling: 94Decanter: 92 PointsFrom the idyllic vineyards of Waipara in North Cantebury (South Island, just north of Christchurch), this is a lovely entry-level Pinot from an iconic family producer. Made with around 40% whole clusters (i.e. stems included), and aged in French oak, this is certainly inspired by Burgundy, but full of New Zealand intensity.
JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "Wild herbs and bracken with red fruit and darker, more earthy notes. Rose hips, black tea and plums. The palate has a dense, succulent and seamlessly polished, tightly wrapped feel. Long and taut."
WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "Made with 40% whole clusters, the 2016 Pinot Noir looks to be the finest regular Peg Bay Pinot in some time. Its spicy, stemmy, sappy notes are balanced by bright, fresh black cherry fruit. It's medium-bodied, with a silky feel and a lingering finish that echoes with attractive tea-like nuances."
- Item #: i_383679Bottle Size: 750mlThe aromas and flavours suggest citrus fruits, greengage, gooseberry and passionfruit with a hint of Turkish musk and freshly crushed thyme. It has a harmonious texture, being soft and generous but yet it finishes with zesty minerality and refreshing crispness. While ready to drink on release it can be expected to develop a range of other fascinating nuances with careful cellaring over 3 – 5 years and live well beyond.
- Item #: i_380029Bottle Size: 750mlCERTIFIED BIODYNAMIC
#49 ENTHUSIAST 100 2019, 96 POINTS - " The last vintage of the Weersing's gorgeous Chardonnays before the winery changed hands, this slightly cloudy, unfiltered Chardonnay sings of its place. Electric charges of minerals crackle with notes of lemon peel, bay leaf and fistfuls of freshly plucked wild herbs and flowers. The palate is utterly beautiful with its sliced crystalline acidity that lifts flavors of limestone, citrus, salt, herbs and flowers."
- Item #: i_383264Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 93WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "The fruit-driven 2016 Bannockburn Vineyard Pinot Noir positively bursts with notes of red raspberries, strawberries and ripe cherries. There's just enough spice and herbal complexity on the finish of this silky, medium to full-bodied wine to keep things interesting now, but it should be even more complex in a year or two. It has the fruit to carry it through the next five years or more."