As an isolated, cool-climate island nation, New Zealand enjoys an undeniable advantage when it comes to producing distinctive, high quality wines.
The maritime climate, mild and sunny summers, differing night/day temperatures these factors tends to slow the ripening of the grapes, allowing to develop pure, intense varietal flavours.
Wine regions are mostly located in free draining alluvial valleys – Hawke´s Bay, Martinborough, Nelsonand Marlborough.
New Zealand is home to what many wine critics consider the world’s best Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs. Aromatic Sauvignon Blanc assails the senses with bell-pepper and gooseberry through lush tropical fruit overtones, whilst New Zealand´s Pinot Noirs are distinguished by savory, full-bodied earthy flavours with a great complexity.
By world standards New Zealand´s production capacity is tiny, accounting for less than 1% of total volume. The average price tag for New Zealand wine is therefore a reflection of its desirability, and the unswerving commitment to quality over quantity that has won New Zealand its reputation as a premium wine producing nation.
Downunderwines has selected from some of the most renowned areas and wineries in New Zealand, wines that showcase New Zealand´s wine industry at its best.