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Although vines have been planted in New Zealand for the best part of 200 years it is only in the last 30 or so that quality wine has been produced. In that time the country has become famous for producing what must rate as some of the world's finest Sauvignon Blanc, and a vast choice of wine styles are available from powerful reds to intensely sweet dessert stickies.
It was James Busby who first planted vines in New Zealand in the Bay of Islands. This Scotsman is often referred to as the 'father of Australian viticulture' such was his expertise with vines after studying the art of wine making in France. French missionaries planted more vines, partly as a result of the need for sacramental wine, and gradually the trend spread around the country. It was in fact Croatian settlers around West Auckland who were responsible for larger scale planting of vines around 1890, and they continued to make wine well into the 1930s. Their importance in the industry's development should be noted.
The problems caused by oidium in the late 1800s (also known as 'powdery mildew') and phylloxera, plus the that fact that many wine consumers drank 'old world' wines, prevented expansion to any great extent. It should also be noted that the preferred drink for the masses was, and still is, beer. Strict licensing laws didn't help matters as the prohibition movement gathered momentum in the late years of the nineteenth century. At its peak alcohol was very nearly banned altogether during the First World War - prohibition was actually voted in but was fortunately overturned by the votes of returning servicemen! The downside is that the prohibition laws sent a great many wine producers out of business. A few continued and the period between the wars saw a slow increase in wine production as new vineyards were planted. Many vines were American hybrids which was New Zealand's preferred solution to the Phylloxera blight (as opposed to most other viticulturists choice of grafting European vines onto American rootstocks), as they were resistant to the troublesome root louse. As recently as 1960 the American Isabella vine was the most widely planted grape variety.
When import restrictions were lifted in the late 1940s the New Zealand wine industry suffered as a result of decent Australian wines flooding the country. The harsh wine laws continued to determine exactly how wine was distributed; until 1948, when single bottle sales were permitted, wine had to be sold through hotels and only in somewhat large quantities. Restaurant licences were granted in 1960, BYO was permitted from 1976, and gradually the number of outlets selling wine increased. Overseas investment came in the form of Australia's McWilliams and Penfolds who both set up operations in New Zealand. When government legislation designed to push the country's wine industry into the modern age was implemented in the mid 1980s New Zealand emerged as the quality producer we now know. This involved the uprooting and replanting of a quarter of the country's vineyards - Hawke's Bay and Gisborne were much improved as inferior varieties such as Muller-Thurgau were replaced. More attention was paid to what went into the bottle and quality rosé considerably to combat the imported Australian which had become very popular. Domestic producers looked overseas for a new market; one of the most positive results of the new found quality was on the export side which from just over $1m to over $18m between 1983 to 1990, mainly due to the new wave of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. By 1997 it was up to a staggering $75m with a large proportion of exported wine heading for the UK. More new laws were passed which allowed supermarkets to sell wine and before the end of the century grocery and other similar outlets were responsible for over 40% of domestic wine sales.

The scale of development is an outstanding success story and several New Zealand wineries are household names for many of us. It may be comparatively recently that the wines of New Zealand are showing their true potential (despite the somewhat ignorant words on Kiwi reds by Robert Parker!), but with exports rising and respect growing all the time who knows what the Kiwis can achieve in the new century?

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White Wine
MoKoBLACK SAUVIGNON BLANC, Marlborough 2019
New Zealand :: Marlborough
Sauvignon Blanc

Zesty citrus with white stone fruits. Hints of gooseberry rolling into a full layered palate finishing with a lovely balance of texture, weight and clean refreshing finish.

Shop Price: £10.99
75.0CL
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White Wine
Waipara Springs PINOT GRIS 2016
New Zealand :: Canterbury :: Waipara
Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio/Rulander
Sweetness: 4 - Off Dry
Ready to drink

This Pinot Gris shows ripe nectarine and peach fruit with a zingy spice finish, a rich full wine with a long fruit-driven finish.

Shop Price: £13.99
75.0CL
Only 8 left
White Wine
Waipara West SAUVIGNON 2017
New Zealand :: Wairapa
Sauvignon Blanc
Sweetness: 2 - Dry
Ready to drink

A classically styled New Zealand sauvignon; asparagus and new mown grass on the nose, full and rich with citrus and lime in the mouth, and a long balanced finish.

Shop Price: £15.99
75.0CL
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White Wine
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2018
New Zealand :: Marlborough
Sauvignon Blanc
Sweetness: 2 - Dry
Ready to drink

Complete with 'Stelvin closure' (that's screw cap to the rest of us!) comes this fruit-laden New World Sancerre!

Shop Price: £15.99
75.0CL
Only 5 left
White Wine
Wairau River Reserve SAUVIGNON BLANC 2017
New Zealand :: Marlborough
Sauvignon Blanc
Sweetness: 2 - Dry
Ready to drink

A wonderful mix of power and elegance. Upfront nettles and a touch of minerality combine with blackcurrants and passion fruit notes, with a subtle salt character on the palate. The finish is long and persistent.

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75.0CL
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White Wine
Saint Clair SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018
New Zealand :: Marlborough
Sauvignon Blanc
Sweetness: 1 - Very Dry
Ready to drink

This wine has a full yet elegant palate with subtle minerality.

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75.0CL
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White Wine
Isabel Sauvignon Blanc 2018
New Zealand :: Marlborough
Sauvignon Blanc
Sweetness: 2 - Dry
Drink now, but will keep

Beautifully elegant Sauvignon made in a less gushy style.

Shop Price: £18.99
75.0CL
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Red Wine
Saint Clair Marlborough PINOT NOIR 2018
New Zealand

Colour:
Dark garnet.

Aroma:
Aromas of mixed dark fruits, fresh cherries with a hint of prunes and spice.

Palate:
A rich palate with a lovely fine structure displaying a medley of berry fruit flavours, cedar, spice and a long persistent finish incorporating flavours of freshly ground coffee beans and toasty oak.

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75.0CL
Only 7 left
White Wine
Alpha Domas VIOGNIER HAWKES BAY 2014
New Zealand :: Hawke's Bay
Viognier
Sweetness: 3 - Soft Dry
Drink now, but will keep

Classically aromatic and with a firm peach/apricot character this is super stuff with a clean finish and persistent flavour.

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75.0CL
Only 1 left
White Wine
Greywacke SAUVIGNON BLANC Marlborough 2019
New Zealand :: Marlborough :: Wairau Valley
Sauvignon Blanc
Sweetness: 2 - Dry

‘Like opening a bag of tree-ripened nectarines’ (Kevin Judd) Deliciously aromatic with a spicy twist and a zesty grapefruit hint. The palate is succulent and tangy – long and concentrated, finishing with a hint of flinty minerality.

Shop Price: £19.99
75.0CL
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Red Wine
Alpha Domus Aplha Domus NAVIGATOR Cabernet Blend Haw 2015
New Zealand :: Hawke's Bay
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot
Body: d - Medium to Full
Shop Price: £19.99
75.0CL
Only 5 left
White Wine
Kim Crawford SPITFIRE MKII SAUVIGNON MA 2018
New Zealand :: Marlborough
Sauvignon Blanc
Sweetness: 1 - Very Dry
Ready to drink

This wine from a small parcel is full of tropical fruit and zingy acidity.There are explosive aromas of tropical fruit, melons and passionfruit with a hint of herbaceousness. This follows through on the palate, which is rich and full and a mixture of sweet fruit and zingy acidity. The wine finishes well and has great length.

Shop Price: £19.99
75.0CL
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Red Wine
Waipara West RAM PADDOCK 2013
New Zealand :: Wairapa
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Drink now, but will keep

Amazing value Bordeaux blend from New Zealand

Shop Price: £19.99
75.0CL
Only 6 left
White Wine
Trinity Hill Dog Point SAUVIGNON BLANC MARLBOROUGH 2018
New Zealand :: Hawke's Bay
Sauvignon Blanc
Ready to drink

Absolutely vibrant stuff. A core of passion fruit, gooseberry and melon and a lively, zippy finish.

Shop Price: £19.99
75.0CL
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Red Wine
Escarpment PINOT NOIR MARTINBOROUGH 2016
New Zealand :: Martinborough
Pinot Noir
Body: c - Medium
Drink now, but will keep

Ripe berry fruits combine beautifully with hints of fennel and feral flavours. Inspired by the classic wines of Burgundy, this Pinot Noir is a tribute to Martinborough's unique terroir.

Shop Price: £24.99
75.0CL
Only 2 left
Red Wine
Wild Earth PINOT NOIR Central Otago 2016
New Zealand :: Otago
Pinot Noir
Body: d - Medium to Full
Drink now, but will keep

This wine displays an intense perfumed bouquet of black flesh fruit and spice character and a brilliant depth of colour. With a deep concentration of fruit and silky careful structured tannins, this wine will develop wonderfully from the Christmas cake elements of fruits to more complex savoury tones as it matures. A wine to enjoy with an array of prime meats and cheeses and will reward with careful cellaring.

Shop Price: £26.99
75.0CL
Only 8 left
Red Wine
Escarpment Te Rehua Pinot Noir Martinborough 2016
New Zealand :: Hawke's Bay
Pinot Noir
Body: d - Medium to Full
Drink now, but will keep

Single Vineyard finesse from Larry Mckenna. A classic example of new world Pinot Noir. Plenty of ripe structured cherry fruit, supple tannins and a complex pleasing finish. Will cellar well for up to 10 years.
Perfect with game and duck.

Shop Price: £33.99
75.0CL
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Red Wine
Alpha Domus THE AVIATOR 2013
New Zealand
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot

A complex aroma of red fruits, spice, leather, cedar, and cigarbox notes,
complemented by fine oak.
Sweet rounded red berry flavours are complemented by chocolate,
spices and fine oak tannins. The wine shows sweet fruit, a silky texture
and firm structure.

Shop Price: £36.99
75.0CL
Only 6 left
Red Wine
Escarpment KUPE Pinot Noir 2017
New Zealand

Fermented in wooden French cuvees, hand plunged and aged in 50% new French oak barriques the wine was given every priority during its elevation and now shows all the hallmarks of a grand young wine on its release in 2012. The 2010 season was exemplary in Martinborough with a warmer than average, dry summer allowing perfectly ripe fruit to be harvested in April. The crop level was below average giving great concentration.

Shop Price: £42.99
75.0CL
In Stock
Red Wine
Escarpment Pinot Noir MAGNUM 2015
New Zealand
Pinot Noir

Perfume, elegant fruit flavours, and soft ripe tannins are all hallmarks of this exceptional Pinot Noir. Perfect weather in Martinborough during flowering in December 2007 resulted in an ideal crop. A normal warm dry summer followed creating the distinctive Escarpment style showing complexity, attractive texture and the perfect mix of black, red and green fruit flavours for which Pinot Noir is celebrated.

The fruit was hand harvested, then gently handled without pumping until it was pressed. Hand plunged every 8 hours then left to macerate on skins for an average vat time of 18 days. It has been aged completely in French oak barriques, of which 30% were new, for 11 months.

Inspired by the classic wines of Burgundy, this Pinot noir is a tribute to Martinborough’s unique terroir. It will cellar gracefully for up to 10 years.

Shop Price: £57.99
150.0CL
Only 4 left