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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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Refreshingly vibrant and juicy, Ata Rangi's 2016 Sauvignon shows enticing aromas of citrus blossom and lemon grass with hints of jasmine and crisp, freshly-sliced fennel bulb. Supple and bright and, at 12.5% alcohol, it is wonderfully light on its feet. 5% of the fruit was fermented in contact with… ...
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Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough 2016  (#701625)

Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough, Wellington/Wairarapa, New Zealand

[ Refreshingly vibrant and juicy, Ata Rangi's 2016 Sauvignon shows enticing aromas of citrus blossom and lemon grass with hints of jasmine and crisp, freshly-sliced fennel bulb. Supple and bright and, at 12.5% alcohol, it is wonderfully light on its feet. 5% of the fruit was fermented in contact with its skins and held for two months, drawing out the more complex flavors. 30% of the juice was fermented in neutral oak barrels. Alcohol 12.5%. Not yet reviewed; 2015 vintage rated 92 points by James Suckling. ] Refreshingly vibrant and juicy, Ata Rangi's 2016 Sauvignon shows enticing aromas of citrus blossom and lemon grass with hints of jasmine and crisp, freshly-sliced fennel bulb. Supple and bright and, at 12.5% alcohol, it is wonderfully light on its…

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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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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 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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91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: Lively redcurrant aromas emerge on the nose of the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc. There's pink grapefruit as well in this medium-bodied, slightly creamy-textured Sauvignon Blanc. It avoids any vegetal notes, delivering a mouthful of bright, refreshing citrus and a… ...
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Borthwick Sauvignon Blanc Wairarapa Paddy Borthwick 2017  (#701977)

Sauvignon Blanc from Wellington/Wairarapa, New Zealand

[ 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: Lively redcurrant aromas emerge on the nose of the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc. There's pink grapefruit as well in this medium-bodied, slightly creamy-textured Sauvignon Blanc. It avoids any vegetal notes, delivering a mouthful of bright, refreshing citrus and a long, crisp finish. Nicely done. Drink: 2018-2021. (Feb 2018) -Joe Czerwinski ] 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: Lively redcurrant aromas emerge on the nose of the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc. There's pink grapefruit as well in this medium-bodied, slightly creamy-textured Sauvignon Blanc. It avoids any vegetal notes, delivering…

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92 points and 'Editors' Choice,' Wine Enthusiast: This is a complex and compelling wine from one of Hawkes Bay's top producers. Cherry and orange notes mingle with black olive, cracked pepper, smoke and cumin. These lead into a medium body, with balanced acidity and silky tannins. Drink with a wide… ...
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Trinity Hill Pinot Noir Hawkes Bay 2015  (#701870)

Pinot Noir from Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

[ 92 points and 'Editors' Choice,' Wine Enthusiast: This is a complex and compelling wine from one of Hawkes Bay's top producers. Cherry and orange notes mingle with black olive, cracked pepper, smoke and cumin. These lead into a medium body, with balanced acidity and silky tannins. Drink with a wide variety of Middle Eastern cuisine. Alcohol 13%. (Mar 2018) ] 92 points and 'Editors' Choice,' Wine Enthusiast: This is a complex and compelling wine from one of Hawkes Bay's top producers. Cherry and orange notes mingle with black olive, cracked pepper, smoke and cumin. These lead into a medium body, with…

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95 points Decanter: Fresh, textural SB with lime zest, tree fruit and a touch of tropical mango / guava. Slightly restrained palate but with a good mouth feel and light lees suggestion. Overall intense and exceptionally well done with an enticing grapefruit finish, its purity striking. ...
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Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Icon 2015  (#701447)

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand

[ 95 points Decanter: Fresh, textural SB with lime zest, tree fruit and a touch of tropical mango / guava. Slightly restrained palate but with a good mouth feel and light lees suggestion. Overall intense and exceptionally well done with an enticing grapefruit finish, its purity striking. ] 95 points Decanter: Fresh, textural SB with lime zest, tree fruit and a touch of tropical mango / guava. Slightly restrained palate but with a good mouth feel and light lees suggestion. Overall intense and exceptionally well done with an enticing…

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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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92 points Wine Spectator: Rich and complex, with honeysuckle and freshly grated ginger notes up front, giving way to juicy and crisp Meyer lemon, yellow apple and Asian pear flavors. Hints of lime zest and dried mango linger. Drink now. Smart Buys. (8/31/18) ...
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Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2017  (#333062)

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand

[ 92 points Wine Spectator: Rich and complex, with honeysuckle and freshly grated ginger notes up front, giving way to juicy and crisp Meyer lemon, yellow apple and Asian pear flavors. Hints of lime zest and dried mango linger. Drink now. Smart Buys. (8/31/18) ] 92 points Wine Spectator: Rich and complex, with honeysuckle and freshly grated ginger notes up front, giving way to juicy and crisp Meyer lemon, yellow apple and Asian pear flavors. Hints of lime zest and dried mango linger. Drink now. Smart Buys. …

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Fermented 25% in old French oak barriques, and 75% in stainless steel tanks, so there is very little oak influence on either nose or palate. This has allowed the vibrant fruit to show through beautifully with lively lime and lemon aromas and a flinty, mineral edginess with hints of fig and white… ...
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Kumeu River Chardonnay Kumeu Village 2015  (#701610)

Chardonnay from New Zealand

[ Fermented 25% in old French oak barriques, and 75% in stainless steel tanks, so there is very little oak influence on either nose or palate. This has allowed the vibrant fruit to show through beautifully with lively lime and lemon aromas and a flinty, mineral edginess with hints of fig and white peach. The weighty mid-palate also shows peachy ripeness along with crisp acid minerality that gives the wine a refreshing cleansing quality. Delightful as an aperitif, and even better to drink with fish and shellfish. ] Fermented 25% in old French oak barriques, and 75% in stainless steel tanks, so there is very little oak influence on either nose or palate. This has allowed the vibrant fruit to show through beautifully with lively lime and lemon aromas and a flinty…

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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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95 points Decanter: Peaches, lemons, red apples and tropical fruit leap from the glass. Quite a textural Sauvignon Blanc with sweet grass, grapefruit, nut and subtle honey flavours and a rich and creamy texture. An interesting, characterful example with a long, mineral finish. (2018) ...
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Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough Te Muna Road Vineyard 2017  (#701826)

Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough, Wellington/Wairarapa, New Zealand

[ 95 points Decanter: Peaches, lemons, red apples and tropical fruit leap from the glass. Quite a textural Sauvignon Blanc with sweet grass, grapefruit, nut and subtle honey flavours and a rich and creamy texture. An interesting, characterful example with a long, mineral finish. (2018) ] 95 points Decanter: Peaches, lemons, red apples and tropical fruit leap from the glass. Quite a textural Sauvignon Blanc with sweet grass, grapefruit, nut and subtle honey flavours and a rich and creamy texture. An interesting, characterful example…

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