New Zealand Wine Regions

Where Sauvignon Blanc thrives


« Prev Next » 5 of 6
Martinborough continued

As with most of New Zealand’s vineyards, the springs -- cool and windy -- generally serve to reduce crop loads during flowering. While the soils here might be a bit richer and more compact than the soils to the south, they are still free-draining and ideal for grape production. The combination of weather and soils in Martinborough yield less herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc than in most of the rest of the country. These tend to be fruity yet subtle wines. There are patches of clay-rich soil in Martinborough and those tend to yield richer wines with tropical fruit flavors, particularly passionfruit.

2009 is the best vintage for Martinborough Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc in 10 years!

Mentioned in this article


  • Snooth User: hhotdog
    Hand of Snooth
    78705 481

    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 238,749

    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

Add a Comment

Search Articles

Best Wine Deals

See More Deals

Snooth Media Network