In just 20 years, New Zealand's winemakers have taken the world by storm to become the fastest growing wine country in the world. Undaunted by geographical isolation, they have established a strong regional identity.In terms of its age, the New Zealand wine industry really is the junior partner among the southern hemisphere countries. Viticultur...
In just 20 years, New Zealand's winemakers have taken the world by storm to become the fastest growing wine country in the world. Undaunted by geographical isolation, they have established a strong regional identity.In terms of its age, the New Zealand wine industry really is the junior partner among the southern hemisphere countries. Viticulture only really started being taken for a serious proposition here in the 1970's. Undoubtedly spurred by the prodigious worldwide success of Australia.
What eventually put New Zealand on the map in the closing years of the 20th century was a single grape variety, and not exactly an unfamiliar one at that.The varietal was going to be Sauvignon Blanc, you might have been treated to a wall of uncomfortable silence
It wasn't that Sauvignon wasn't a familiar and useful variety.It's just that it wasn't ever seen as exactly on the A-list. Could a fledgling wine industry really establish itself on a grape that, at best, made simple, fruity quaffing wine, the sort of thing that was nice enough as a summer aperitif perhaps, but was hardly the stuff of legend?
The difference was that nobody had tasted Sauvignon Blanc that was anything like this before. If the grape had traditionally been viewed outside the Upper Loire as brash and unmalleable, or as just plain deadly dull when overcropped, Sauvignons from the Marlborough district of the South Island, New Zealand wine's Garden of Eden, rewrote the rulebook.
There is a more uplifting, happy fruit flavour in Marlborough Sauvignon than there is in any other dry white wine on earth. It's a great wine to start off novice tasters with, because even when they struggle to sniff out the cherries in Pinot Noir or the honey in Semillon, the fruit aromas that Marlborough Sauvignon throws out at you come almost almost too thick and fast to name.
The Sauvignon was soon followed by almost equally fruit fuelled Chardonnay and Riesling. Then there's a dash of Chenin Blanc, which should enjoy the climate, some delicate but recognizable Gewurztraminer, and limited plantings of so far rather unremarkable Semillon, better blended than made as a varietal.
The world's most southerly vineyards operate in a damp cool climate. Except for South Island's Central Otago New Zealand's wine regions lie on or close to the coast. What eventually catapulted New Zealand into the limelight was, of course Sauvignon Blanc. There is an oft - expressed feeling among wine Connoisseur that Sauvignon is not quite a major league grape variety, owing to its brash and relatively unmalleable character.
If any region is likely to persuade consumers to come down on the other side of the argument, it will be the Marlborough district of New Zealand's South Island. There is more uplifting, happy fruit flavour in New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc than any other dry white wine on earth. Sauvignon Blanc was followed by fruit - fuelled Chardonnay and Riesling.
There are quiet dramatic stylistic differences between wineries, some emphasizing the green, herbaceous flavours of gooseberries, asparagus and freshly-washed watercress, others plunging headlong into tropicality with mango, passion fruit, pineapple and musky Charentais melon. Sauvignon Blanc is one exciting wine when it wants to be.
821 South Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has a zesty and vibrant flavour, 821 South Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc palate is laden with citrus flavours lingering to a luscious, refreshing finish 821 South Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc...
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