May 6, 2019
While attending VinExpo earlier this year, I had the opportunity to attend Decanter’s Wines of New Zealand Master Class. I was happy to get in, since this event that was actually the last tasting on the final day of the exhibit sold out quickly. It was hosted by Elin McCoy, the wine award-winning journalist and author. She is a wine and spirits columnist for Bloomberg News, and is a columnist for Decanter magazine.
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc was the wine that started the New Zealand Sauv Blanc craze. Waking up your taste buds and allowed people who were on the ABC train to enjoy a different type of white. The quality level of NZ wines is demonstrated by the fact that 17,000 wines were judged in 2018 Decanter Wine World competition with 475 coming from NZ and of those, 350 of those wines won awards.
New Zealand has two islands, North and South islands. With translucent waters and magnificent mountains, the vineyards have become one with nature. When asked what New Zealand is all about, the three main terms are; green, clean and Sauvignon Blanc.
By 2021, New Zealand, whose almost every winery is involved in sustainability practice, is expected to be the number fourth country to export wine to the United States, just behind, France, Italy and Spain. Even though it makes just barely 1% of the world’s wines, their export business has been growing approximately 24% every year for the past 20 years.
Craggy Range, Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018
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Ceres Wines Composition Pinot Noir 2015
Te Kairanga, John Martin Pinot Noir 2016
Trinity Hill The Gimblett 2015
Seifreid Winemakers Collection Sweet Agnes Riesling 2016
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