The Waipara Valley is another great region for Sauvignon Blanc, with vines planted on glacial and alluvial soils and a cool climate. With cool and frequently unsettled weather during the spring, flowering low yields tend to be the norm here as well. This is about as far south as Sauvignon Blanc can go in New Zealand. Unlike the more northerly regions, the fruit of Sauvignon Blanc here tends to be more akin to tree fruits, particularly nectarine with a green crisp edge and a taut, highly textured feel.
New Zealand Wine Regions
Where Sauvignon Blanc thrives