New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has set an international benchmark for the class. It is distinctive, vigorous, and strong. Many wine critics have considered New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blanc as the world’s best. The Marlborough region is famous for its Sauvignon Blanc. First produced in 1977, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has seen critics in the 1980s claiming that wine from this region was “outstanding”, and “unforgettable”. Through its aromatics, infused with capsicum and gooseberry rich with tropical fruit overtones and other flavours, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc impresses critics and wine drinkers worldwide. As well as this, New Zealand also produces Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling.
New Zealand’s Chardonnay is sophisticated and classic; citrus and tropical fruits produce a crisp acidity that is often faultlessly rounded with oak. New Zealand’s Pinot Gris is invigorating and strong, fused with flavours of spice, apple, pear, and honeysuckle, making it the perfect accompaniment to roast pork, creamy pastas, chicken, and seafood. Wine journalist, George Taber, writes, “no other region in the world can match Marlborough, the north-eastern corner of New Zealand’s South Island, which seems to be the best place in the world to grow Sauvignon Blanc grapes”.
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