New Zealand Wine Regions

Where Sauvignon Blanc thrives


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Waipara Valley

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.

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  • Snooth User: hhotdog
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    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
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    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
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    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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