In the South Pacific Ocean lies the beautiful country of New Zealand. Comprising of two main islands- the North and the South Island which were once covered by huge expanses forests, the country is now known for its great geographical diversity. The active volcanoes, serene rivers, magnificent valleys, spectacular fjords and the snow-capped peaks furnish the country with highly fertile and distinctive locations ideal for vineyards. In this blog, we’ll be exploring 5 must-try New Zealand wines coming from the most famous wine regions of the country.
A signature wine of New Zealand, this varietal has found its special place in the international markets as well. This explosive wine makes almost 72% of the total NZ wine production. Grown in almost all wine regions of NZ, Marlborough is the biggest producer of this wine.
The second most relished wine from NZ, it’s known for varied terroir driven styles. This cool climate varietal shows intense fruit flavours along with great structure, power and elegance. With Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay owing to majority of its production, the Canterbury region stands unique for its spicy and earthy Pinot Noir.
From unoaked and fruit-driven to luscious Chardonnays, it proves to be the most versatile varietal used to craft some of the masterpiece wines. The Gisborne wine region with a Pacific maritime climate is specifically known for its classic Chardonnay possessing tropical fruit and melon flavours.
With its great complexity and nuances, the wine has paved its way to the list of must-try New Zealand wines. The common winemaking practice follows barrel ageing and fermentation on wild yeast and lees which adds complexity and builds texture. South island regions are known for high acidity and aromatic Pinot Gris.
NZ produces some outstanding sparkling wines using the méthode traditionelle. The wine displays a distinct biscuity and nutty aroma balanced out by refreshing acidity and fruity notes. Marlborough and Central Otago regions are significant sparkling wine producers in NZ followed by Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne.