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Of the world's most recognizable wine-producing nations, New Zealand is perhaps the newest comer to the stage. In 1960, less than 1,000 acres of vines were planted on the North Island and virtually none on the South Island. Today, the country produces perhaps the most individually distinctive style of Sauvignon Blanc on the market, and each year, talented winemakers and viticulturalists are breaking new ground and exploring the challenging landscape of this remote pair of islands.

Viticulture in New Zealand originated around Auckland at Kumeu and Huapai, and soon spread south. Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island, is New Zealand's answer to Bordeaux. Sheltered from the harsh westerly winds in the rain shadow of a pair of mountain ranges, it enjoys low rainfall and high temperatures favorable to the cultivation of red grapes. Patches of deep, gravelly, poor shingle soils are most desirable for their effect on the Merlot vine, which is the most prevalent here. As summers grow increasingly warm, Syrah is showing more and more potential, as well. Martinborough is the North Island's other wine epicenter. The region sits in the same rain shadow as Hawke's Bay to the north, but it's exposed to the westerlies, making it a much cooler region and perfectly suited to producing vivid, Burgundian Pinot Noir along with markedly admirable Pinot Gris.

Just across the Cook Strait, on the northern tip of the South Island, lies New Zealand's most famous wine region, Marlborough. Its reputation is built entirely on the piercingly acidic and intensely ripe version of Sauvignon Blanc that results from the bracing, cool weather and radiant, sunny days. No other region on Earth seems capable of imitating this style. The most southerly wine region on Earth and one of the most scenic, Central Otago differs from the rest of the country in its decidedly continental, rather than maritime, climate. Short, dry, sunny summers and harsh winters make it suitable for Pinot Noir, and only Pinot Noir. New Zealand's most famous red wine producers are here, making bright, exuberant, forward wines with no shortage of character or mass appeal.

New Zealand may be one of the world's youngest and most remote wine regions, but it's also one of the most compelling, if for no other reason than the sheer improbability of such success as it has enjoyed. And while its reputation is one-dimensional, the reality of its wine scene is far more kaleidoscopic.

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90 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc may not go down as an all-time classic Cloudy Bay, but in a difficult vintage, the wine has turned out excellent. Hints of snow pea pods accent tropical fruit notes in a wine that is soft, round and harmonious, showing ample… ...
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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2017  (#701783)

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand

[ 90 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc may not go down as an all-time classic Cloudy Bay, but in a difficult vintage, the wine has turned out excellent. Hints of snow pea pods accent tropical fruit notes in a wine that is soft, round and harmonious, showing ample concentration and length despite the rain-plagued harvest. Unlike the 2005, a freakish vintage that continues to drink well, I'd opt for drinking the 2017 over the next year or two. Drink: 2018-2019. (Feb 2018) ] 90 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc may not go down as an all-time classic Cloudy Bay, but in a difficult vintage, the wine has turned out excellent. Hints of snow pea pods accent tropical fruit notes in a wine that is…

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94 points James Suckling: Much fresher than the Estate chardonnay of this vintage, this has lots of ripe pear character and generous body, but remains restrained. The further you ride the graceful, long finish, the more complete the overall impression becomes. Drink or hold. Screw cap. (10/19/18) ...
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Kumeu River Chardonnay Kumeu Coddington Vineyard 2014  (#702163)

Chardonnay from Marlborough, New Zealand

[ 94 points James Suckling: Much fresher than the Estate chardonnay of this vintage, this has lots of ripe pear character and generous body, but remains restrained. The further you ride the graceful, long finish, the more complete the overall impression becomes. Drink or hold. Screw cap. (10/19/18) ] 94 points James Suckling: Much fresher than the Estate chardonnay of this vintage, this has lots of ripe pear character and generous body, but remains restrained. The further you ride the graceful, long finish, the more complete the overall…

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92 points and 'Editors' Choice,' Wine Enthusiast: Loveblock is the label of Erica and Kim Crawford, former owners of one of New Zealand's most famous brands... displays subtlety and complexity. The nose is a soft synthesis of peach, cantaloupe, lemon-lime, watermelon rind and warm stone minerality,… ...
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Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2017  (#701868)

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand

[ 92 points and 'Editors' Choice,' Wine Enthusiast: Loveblock is the label of Erica and Kim Crawford, former owners of one of New Zealand's most famous brands... displays subtlety and complexity. The nose is a soft synthesis of peach, cantaloupe, lemon-lime, watermelon rind and warm stone minerality, while the palate is all about texture. It's tight, structured and chalky, with prickly acidity and a long citrus and mineral finish. Drink now with an array of seafood and salad dishes. Alcohol 13%. (May 2018) ] 92 points and 'Editors' Choice,' Wine Enthusiast: Loveblock is the label of Erica and Kim Crawford, former owners of one of New Zealand's most famous brands... displays subtlety and complexity. The nose is a soft synthesis of peach, cantaloupe,…

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92 points Decanter: Always one of Marlborough's top Sauvignon Blancs, made by former Cloudy Bay winemaker Kevin Judd. It has gentle tropical and citrus aromas and flavours, and the complex layers mean that each sip reveals a little more. A very stylish wine. Alcohol 13%. (May 2018) ...
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Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2017  (#701900)

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand

[ 92 points Decanter: Always one of Marlborough's top Sauvignon Blancs, made by former Cloudy Bay winemaker Kevin Judd. It has gentle tropical and citrus aromas and flavours, and the complex layers mean that each sip reveals a little more. A very stylish wine. Alcohol 13%. (May 2018) ] 92 points Decanter: Always one of Marlborough's top Sauvignon Blancs, made by former Cloudy Bay winemaker Kevin Judd. It has gentle tropical and citrus aromas and flavours, and the complex layers mean that each sip reveals a little more. A very…

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92+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Pale to medium ruby in color and revealing a wonderfully perfumed nose of lavender and roses wrapped around a good core of red cherries and pomegranate plus a touch of humus, the medium-bodied 2012 Pinot Noir is structured by a good backbone of grainy… ...
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Clos Henri Pinot Noir Marlborough 2012  (#701508)

Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand

[ 92+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Pale to medium ruby in color and revealing a wonderfully perfumed nose of lavender and roses wrapped around a good core of red cherries and pomegranate plus a touch of humus, the medium-bodied 2012 Pinot Noir is structured by a good backbone of grainy tannins and just enough acid to support the delicate red berry and earth flavors. It finishes long. Drink: 2014-2019. (Dec 2014) ] 92+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Pale to medium ruby in color and revealing a wonderfully perfumed nose of lavender and roses wrapped around a good core of red cherries and pomegranate plus a touch of humus, the medium-bodied 2012…

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96 points Wine Spectator: Elegant, fresh and vibrant, this red starts off wonderfully perfumed, with lavender, white pepper and green tea notes that accentuate the purity of the cherry and raspberry flavors. Polished tannins still provide some grip on the finish, where white truffle and forest floor… ...
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Felton Road Pinot Noir Central Otago Bannockburn 2017  (#702151)

Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand

[ 96 points Wine Spectator: Elegant, fresh and vibrant, this red starts off wonderfully perfumed, with lavender, white pepper and green tea notes that accentuate the purity of the cherry and raspberry flavors. Polished tannins still provide some grip on the finish, where white truffle and forest floor details linger. Drink now through 2032. Highly Recommended. (10/15/18) ] 96 points Wine Spectator: Elegant, fresh and vibrant, this red starts off wonderfully perfumed, with lavender, white pepper and green tea notes that accentuate the purity of the cherry and raspberry flavors. Polished tannins still provide some grip…

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91 points and 'Editors' Choice,' Wine Enthusiast: Earthy notes of mushroom, white pepper, dried leaves and buttered cannellini beans lead over aromas of lemon and stone fruit. The palate boasts mouth-watering acidity yet not without weight and texture, thanks to time maturing on lees. Best Buy.… ...
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Hillersden Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016  (#701640)

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand

[ 91 points and 'Editors' Choice,' Wine Enthusiast: Earthy notes of mushroom, white pepper, dried leaves and buttered cannellini beans lead over aromas of lemon and stone fruit. The palate boasts mouth-watering acidity yet not without weight and texture, thanks to time maturing on lees. Best Buy. Alcohol 12.5%. (Mar 2018) ] 91 points and 'Editors' Choice,' Wine Enthusiast: Earthy notes of mushroom, white pepper, dried leaves and buttered cannellini beans lead over aromas of lemon and stone fruit. The palate boasts mouth-watering acidity yet not without weight and…

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93 points James Suckling: Pungent passion fruit and fragrant melon, Tahitian lime citrus, this really takes sauvignon to another place for Marlborough, exposing the edgy, exciting and minerally possibilities whilst embracing the rampant intensity of fruit. Great acid, mouth-watering from front to… ...
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Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2017  (#701902)

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand

[ 93 points James Suckling: Pungent passion fruit and fragrant melon, Tahitian lime citrus, this really takes sauvignon to another place for Marlborough, exposing the edgy, exciting and minerally possibilities whilst embracing the rampant intensity of fruit. Great acid, mouth-watering from front to back. Drink now. (11/13/17) ] 93 points James Suckling: Pungent passion fruit and fragrant melon, Tahitian lime citrus, this really takes sauvignon to another place for Marlborough, exposing the edgy, exciting and minerally possibilities whilst embracing the rampant intensity of…

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92 points Decanter: Alongside bright cherry notes, there is a compelling core of minerality that sits effortlessly on the palate. Pure, evocative Pinot character that is enticing and rich. Floral and earthy finish. Drink: 2016-2018. (8/31/16) ...
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Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir North Canterbury 2014  (#326870)

Pinot Noir from Canterbury/Waipara, New Zealand

[ 92 points Decanter: Alongside bright cherry notes, there is a compelling core of minerality that sits effortlessly on the palate. Pure, evocative Pinot character that is enticing and rich. Floral and earthy finish. Drink: 2016-2018. (8/31/16) ] 92 points Decanter: Alongside bright cherry notes, there is a compelling core of minerality that sits effortlessly on the palate. Pure, evocative Pinot character that is enticing and rich. Floral and earthy finish. Drink: 2016-2018. (8/31/16)

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94 points Wine Spectator: Red licorice and clove add aromatic details to the polished cherry and raspberry flavors, with cigar box, rosemary and fresh loamy earth notes. Plenty of precision and elegance here, with a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2028. 158 cases imported. (7/18/18) ...
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Felton Road Pinot Noir Central Otago Cornish Point 2016  (#701819)

Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand

[ 94 points Wine Spectator: Red licorice and clove add aromatic details to the polished cherry and raspberry flavors, with cigar box, rosemary and fresh loamy earth notes. Plenty of precision and elegance here, with a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2028. 158 cases imported. (7/18/18) ] 94 points Wine Spectator: Red licorice and clove add aromatic details to the polished cherry and raspberry flavors, with cigar box, rosemary and fresh loamy earth notes. Plenty of precision and elegance here, with a long, lingering finish. Drink now…

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90 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): Intoxicating notes of raspberries and cherries kick off the 2017 OTQ Pinot Noir Rose, which was sourced from the Branken Hill Vineyard in the Southern Valleys subregion of Marlborough. It's medium-bodied, loaded with succulent fruit, and finishes completely… ...
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Jules Taylor Pinot Noir Rose Marlborough OTQ 2017  (#702007)

Rosé from Marlborough, New Zealand

[ 90 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): Intoxicating notes of raspberries and cherries kick off the 2017 OTQ Pinot Noir Rose, which was sourced from the Branken Hill Vineyard in the Southern Valleys subregion of Marlborough. It's medium-bodied, loaded with succulent fruit, and finishes completely dry. Drink: 2018-2019. (Feb 2018) ] 90 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): Intoxicating notes of raspberries and cherries kick off the 2017 OTQ Pinot Noir Rose, which was sourced from the Branken Hill Vineyard in the Southern Valleys subregion of Marlborough. It's medium-bodied,…

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96 points James Suckling: Impressive structure and concentration. Terrific complexity in the mix here, too. Blueberries and mixed cherries on the nose and palate with a terrific layering of plush, assertive tannins and a fresh, vibrant kick into the finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap. (10/8/18) ...
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Dog Point Pinot Noir Marlborough 2016  (#702123)

Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand

[ 96 points James Suckling: Impressive structure and concentration. Terrific complexity in the mix here, too. Blueberries and mixed cherries on the nose and palate with a terrific layering of plush, assertive tannins and a fresh, vibrant kick into the finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap. (10/8/18) ] 96 points James Suckling: Impressive structure and concentration. Terrific complexity in the mix here, too. Blueberries and mixed cherries on the nose and palate with a terrific layering of plush, assertive tannins and a fresh, vibrant kick into the…

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