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New Zealand Wine Regions

Where Sauvignon Blanc thrives

 


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Awatere Valley

Unlike in the Wairau, the vineyards in the neighboring Awatere Valley tend to be found on small terraces and escarpment with a thin, 30cm (12-inch), layer of soil-covering alluvial deposits. Cooler than the Wairau Valley, the vines here tend to have even lower yields, as well as a flavor profile that tends to feature more vegetal aspects such as tomato leaf and a fruit character that is more citrusy, particularly lime.

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  • Snooth User: hhotdog
    Hand of Snooth
    78705 465

    read the NZ article and loved it! knew very little about NZ wine other than it was known for Sauv. Blancs. i tend to not be a fan of many whites especially SB's therefore NZ not much interest for me. the Martinborough region sounds interesting to me though with the characteristics of the wines do to the soils and weather. i will keep an eye out for NZ wines on my next trip to the wine stores. i definitely need to revisit wines i was not so found of in the past!

    Feb 01, 2011 at 3:16 PM


  • Snooth User: neil99
    573599 7

    What happened to New Zealand's other wine regions? Why no mention of Hawkes Bat, New Zealand's second largest wine region, and Otago with its Pinot Noir? Perhaps also Waiheke Island which is a 30 min ferry ride from down town Auckland.

    Feb 01, 2011 at 4:54 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 207,910

    Right. As the subtitle states - 'Where Sauvignon Blanc thrives"

    Parts 2 and 3 over the next two day's will feature other grapes and the regions responsible for some of the best wines they make.

    Feb 01, 2011 at 5:03 PM


  • This is a sad and very weedy tribute to NZ "If one were to consider NZ only worthy of Sauvignon Blanc", and then an acknowledgement that it produces Pinot Noir in Martinborough...

    Come on! NZ makes many excellent buttery chardonnays, subtle Shirazes, Cabernet/Merlot blends, Excellent Rieslings, viognier, Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer to rival those in Alsace.
    There are regions called Nelson and Hawkes Bay not even mentioned.
    Imagine foreigners describing California as fit only for Zinfandel and that is what this sounded like. And Im not even a kiwi!

    Feb 02, 2011 at 4:51 AM


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