Sometimes the alluvial nature of the soil is important, as in Hawke's Bay where the deposits known as the Gimblett Gravels represent such quality characteristics that they are often mentioned on the wine label. The climate is typically wetter, but wine regions have developed in rain shadows and in the east, on the opposite coast from the prevailing moisture-laden wind. [17] Chenin Blanc was once more important, but the viticultural peculiarities of the variety, particularly its unpredictable cropping in New Zealand, have led to its disfavor. Find the perfect Gold medal-winning wine in the Top 50 selection to match your occasion and budget. Click, Commute and Collect Countdown teams up with Auckland Transport to trial grocery collection points at key transport facilities 26 September 2016: From tomorrow, Countdown shoppers can order their groceries online in the morning and collect them on the way home when they catch the train, bus or ferry from five transport facilities across Auckland, saving customers a trip to the supermarket. Following on from the early success of Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand has been building a strong reputation with other styles; Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet/Merlot blends, Pinot Gris and Syrah to name a few. Many fledgling producers started out using contract fruit while waiting for their own vines to mature enough to produce production-quality fruit. [17] Liam Steevenson MW has described Waipara as possibly the "most exciting place to grow Pinot Noir". Originally from Australia, Michael developed his interest in wine while growing up in the family retail liquor business. After receiving an Oenology degree in her native Australia, Kate moved to New Zealand in 1983 to work as a winemaker at Vidal. New Zealand wine is produced in several winegrowing regions of New Zealand. Strong oaky overtones dropped out of fashion through the 1990s but have since made a come-back, with several makers now offering oak-aged Sauvignon Blanc (Greywacke, Dog Point, te Pa Sauvignon Blanc 'Oke', Sacred Hill "Sauvage", Jackson Estate "Grey Ghost", and Saint Clair "Barrique"). Stu became chief winemaker in 2007 and was a finalist at the 2008 & 2009 Young Winemaker of the Year Awards. Purchasing a return ferry ticket allows you to travel back to Auckland any day, on any sailing - as long as it hasn't reached here. In 2000, the UK market represented half of New Zealand's total exports of NZ$168 million. [31], Nelson has the sunniest climate in New Zealand, with an annual average sunshine total of over 2400 hours, approximately equivalent to Tuscany. Kate’s established her new winery venture Radburnd Cellars Ltd in September 2017. Quartz Reef is based in Central Otago, Church Road in Hawke's Bay, Lindauer was originally established in Gisborne (and now also owned by Lion), and there are makers as far north as the Auckland regions as well. Martinborough was the original area planted, on the basis of careful scientific study in the 1970s, which identified its soils and climate as perfectly suited to the cultivation of Pinot Noir. The early wines which made a stir internationally were lauded for the intensity and purity of the fruit in the wine. The effect of consistently cool nights is to produce fruit which is nearly always high in acidity. Tui, … Most of the wineries are located on the Martinborough terrace, a raised alluvial terrace of the nearby Ruamahanga River. Shop at a Countdown Supermarket near you or we can deliver groceries right to your door when you shop online. He now makes wine under his own brands Gem and Harwood Hall, and is currently a winemaker for Coopers Creek, Snapper Rock and Ward Valley Estate Wines. A 1984 government initiative paid growers to pull up vines in the hopes of addressing the issue, but many growers used the grants to swap these varieties with more fashionable ones, particularly Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, often keeping the old root stock. In 2016 these smaller producers, with a vineyard area of no more than 20 hectares (49 acres), represented over three-quarters of New Zealand's wineries. We enjoyed selecting them and we hope you enjoy your own personal discovery of them”. Some Northland wineries are also making wine from warmer climate grapes such as Montepulciano, Chambourcin and Pinotage. In an article in Decanter (September 2014), Bob Campbell suggests that regional styles are starting to emerge within New Zealand Pinot Noir. Martinborough is a small wine village located 75 kilometres (47 mi) east of Wellington by road, in the South Wairarapa. Soils are usually heavy clay, or small areas of volcanic-derived soils, and it is the warmest of New Zealand's vine-growing areas. The Bordeaux style red wines that are produced are considered to be significantly ripe and full bodied, and some of the best in New Zealand. Heartland South Canterbury farmer Raymond Bowan grew up around potatoes. Winemaker at Peregrine since 2010, Nadine brings experience from France, California and Marlborough to the unique climate of Central Otago. For the 18th year the New World Wine Awards has found the Top 50 drops under $25 and made them available for you to share and enjoy. Jim Harré, Chair of Judges, selected an independent panel of 18 wine experts to judge the wines entered into the competition by wineries from New Zealand and overseas. A genuine cool climate, with a long, dry autumn, provides an ideal ripening conditions for Pinot Noir and other varietals, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Syrah. Judges at a fourth hub in Auckland also reviewed sparkling, emerging and overseas entries. For much of the history of New Zealand wine exports the United Kingdom market, with its lack of indigenous production, great thirst and sophisticated wine palate, has been either the principal or only market. UK wine writer Paul Howard praised New Zealand Pinot Noir in 2006, writing that "comparisons with Burgundy are inevitable" and that New Zealand Pinot Noir is: In that same year, Pinot Noir overtook Chardonnay as New Zealand's second most planted variety, after Sauvignon Blanc. Among the many long-established wineries, several, including Martinborough Vineyard, Schubert Wines, Te Kairanga, Ata Rangi, Palliser Estate, Luna Estate, Dry River, Escarpment, Te Hera and Craggy Range have become internationally recognized as premium producers of Pinot Noir. The combination of topography, geology, climate and human effort has led to the region becoming one of New Zealand's premier wine regions in spite of its small size, particularly for Pinot Noir. Another example of the adaptation of NZ methods toward the new industry was the universal use of stainless steel in winemaking adapted from the norms and standards of the New Zealand dairy industry. Sam has been involved in the New Zealand hospitality and wine industry for over 30 years. The first made commercially was a wine called Champelle, made in 1956 by Selaks in Kumeu. Exports of New Zealand sparkling wines are chiefly to the United Kingdom, where the best known examples there are the Pelorus from Cloudy Bay, now part-owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, and the Special Reserve from Lindauer. The area contains north-facing limestone hillsides and escarpments, and Burgundy-like limestone alluvial soils. The Geographical Indication of Kumeu is a small sub-region west of Auckland City, surrounding the towns of Huapai and Kumeu, as far west as Waimauku, and east to the southern edge of the town of Riverhead. It contains two GI sub-regions, Gladstone and Martinborough, as well as Masterton and Opaki. He also has extensive experience judging in New Zealand as well as in Australia, China, Japan, UK and the United States. Although Chardonnay may be less fashionable than it was ten years ago (it has declined in vineyard area in the last ten years, losing ground to Pinot Gris), winemakers in 2016 reported strong sales and a recent upswing. [7] William Henry Beetham is recognised as being the first person to plant Pinot Noir and Hermitage (Syrah) grapes in New Zealand at his Lansdowne, Masterton vineyard in 1881. After studying food science, Kyle began his working life in the dairy industry in microbiology and sensory evaluation. He is an experienced wine judge, having participated in all the major wine competitions in New Zealand. Waiheke is particularly known for elegant Bordeaux Blend wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.. The late 1970s was early in the modern wine industry, and the comparatively low annual sunshine hours to be found in New Zealand discouraged the planting of red varieties. For the first time in the competition’s history, judging was split into a series of smaller regional events hosted in New Zealand’s key wine regions. They are located fairly evenly throughout all wine regions, with the larger producers predominantly in Marlborough, Hawke's Bay, Gisborne, and Waipara. North Canterbury is simply the top half of the larger Canterbury GI north of the Rakaia River, and is still under examination, and Waipara Valley, a small area about 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of Christchurch and where the majority of Canterbury's vineyard area resides. Central Otago is home to the most southerly wine-producing region in the world. Before this restructuring was fully implemented, diversification away from traditional "primary" products—dairy, meat and wool—to products with potentially higher economic returns was explored. In a blind tasting of New Zealand Pinot Noir in 2006, Michael Cooper reported that of the top ten wines, five came from Central Otago, four from Marlborough and one from Waipara. Northland is the most northerly wine region in New Zealand, and thus closest to the equator. Although the Gisborne GI established in October 2017 covers most of the East Cape Gisborne District, most of the 1,371 hectares (3,390 acres) of vineyard area in 2017 is concentrated in a relatively small area around Gisborne city. New World stores in Auckland - Opening hours, locations and phone numbers Here you can find all the New World stores in Auckland. Mary is a WSET educated wine writer known by the moniker Mermaid Mary and is on a quest to make wine less alienating and more accessible (and if at all possible, fun). [34] Only 168 hectares (420 acres) of vineyards are planted in Canterbury outside the Waipara Valley GI, concentrated in a few small areas such as West Melton, Banks Peninsula, Cheviot and Rolleston. [16], Most New Zealand wine producers that produce Pinot Noir or Merlot also produce a rosé style wine, although it is sometimes found made from other red varieties. Raw at Waiheke NEW WORLD Eastridge PAK N SAVE Mt Albert NEW WORLD Mt Roskill PAK N SAVE Royal Oak NEW WORLD Stonefields PAK N SAVE Glen Innes Herne Bay … Waiheke … Plus, make the most of a massive range He is a keen outdoorsman and, together with his Californian wife Jacqui, is an avid foodie who enjoys preparing gourmet food and wine dinners for friends and family. Consequently, Northland tends to produce ripe wines, with low acidity. The majority of New Zealanders were of British descent, and favoured beer and spirits, and the prohibition and temperance movements further reduced the national appreciation for wine. Notable producers include Akarua, Felton Road, Chard Farm and Mount Difficulty. As a consequence, many of the vineyards established there are older than their counterparts in the rest of the Wairarapa. This means the judges were never aware of any brands and never saw any bottles. Our friends at New World are offering a massive 4x Flybuys* for one day only this Thursday! The area in general lies in the rain shadow of the Tararua Range, which gives it a warm climate with relatively low rainfall. At a time when many wine shows are being impacted, New World is proud to have successfully trialled the new judging format, making it possible to celebrate the wine industry’s achievements and ensure the best quality affordable wines in-store. [36] Further north in Cheviot and Hanmer Springs respectively, notable producers Mt. British Resident James Busby, a keen oenologist who had also established wine regions in Australia such as the Hunter Valley, was producing wine on his land near Waitangi for locally stationed British soldiers in 1836. Indeed, the strength of flavour in the wine accommodated very dry styles, despite intense acidity. Chardonnay is produced as far south as Central Otago, but plantings increase the further north one goes. This is partly due to a rise in popularity and production of sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, a new style of sparkling New Zealand wine. Corey has served as a senior judge at the New Zealand International Wine Show, and has judged on tasting panels for Cuisine, Winestate, Wine NZ and Dish magazines. We are dedicated to producing the finest Cabernet blends in the world (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot) using traditional winemaking. Waiheke Island, whilst a very small viticultural region, also produces acclaimed red wines such as the "Larose" from Stonyridge, and wines from Destiny Bay, Man O' War, and Goldie Estate. New Zealand is best known for its Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, and more recently its dense, concentrated Pinot Noir from Marlborough, Martinborough and Central Otago. Corey started his 20-plus-year career in winemaking after gaining a BSc in chemistry, geology and physics at The University of Auckland. [27] Some of these, such as Montana Wines (now Brancott Estate), Babich, Nobilo, and Cooper's Creek are now among New Zealand's largest wineries, having extended their operations throughout the rest of New Zealand. It is common to see, for example, an Auckland producer market a "Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc" or a Marlborough producer market a "Gisborne Chardonnay". Early success in the Hawke's Bay Region in the 1960s by McWilliams and in the 1980s by Te Mata Estate, led to a phase in the 1980s and 1990s of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon planting and wine production by large producers such as Corbans, McWilliams, and Mission Estate. [12] Also produced in that year were superior quality wines of Müller-Thurgau, Riesling and Pinotage. The average hourly pay for a Baker in New Zealand is NZ$19.17. A Gold medal wine in these awards is a superb example of its type and you can hold it to the same expectations as a Gold medal wine from other respected awards. For Nadine, winemaking is about learning; being observant and quality focussed in order to let the land and environment speak through the wine, while helping lead a top-flight winemaking team. Good Cabernet Sauvignon wine from Auckland and Hawke's Bay also bolstered the industry with ever-increasing investment, vineyard plantings, rising land prices and greater local interest and pride. See New Zealand Red Wines A wonderful country. [10], Finally, the advent of jet airliners in the late 1960s and early 1970s brought in the "OE", short for "overseas experience", where young, typically well-educated New Zealanders spent a time living and working overseas, often in Europe. Central Otago had a long (for New Zealand) history as a producer of quality stone fruit, particularly cherries. * New World Wine Awards Top 50 wines priced at $25 or less until 8 November 2020. 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