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Of the world's most recognizable wine-producing nations, New Zealand is perhaps the newest comer to the stage. In 1960, less than 1,000 acres of vines were planted on the North Island and virtually none on the South Island. Today, the country produces perhaps the most individually distinctive style of Sauvignon Blanc on the market, and each year, talented winemakers and viticulturalists are breaking new ground and exploring the challenging landscape of this remote pair of islands.

Viticulture in New Zealand originated around Auckland at Kumeu and Huapai, and soon spread south. Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island, is New Zealand's answer to Bordeaux. Sheltered from the harsh westerly winds in the rain shadow of a pair of mountain ranges, it enjoys low rainfall and high temperatures favorable to the cultivation of red grapes. Patches of deep, gravelly, poor shingle soils are most desirable for their effect on the Merlot vine, which is the most prevalent here. As summers grow increasingly warm, Syrah is showing more and more potential, as well. Martinborough is the North Island's other wine epicenter. The region sits in the same rain shadow as Hawke's Bay to the north, but it's exposed to the westerlies, making it a much cooler region and perfectly suited to producing vivid, Burgundian Pinot Noir along with markedly admirable Pinot Gris.

Just across the Cook Strait, on the northern tip of the South Island, lies New Zealand's most famous wine region, Marlborough. Its reputation is built entirely on the piercingly acidic and intensely ripe version of Sauvignon Blanc that results from the bracing, cool weather and radiant, sunny days. No other region on Earth seems capable of imitating this style. The most southerly wine region on Earth and one of the most scenic, Central Otago differs from the rest of the country in its decidedly continental, rather than maritime, climate. Short, dry, sunny summers and harsh winters make it suitable for Pinot Noir, and only Pinot Noir. New Zealand's most famous red wine producers are here, making bright, exuberant, forward wines with no shortage of character or mass appeal.

New Zealand may be one of the world's youngest and most remote wine regions, but it's also one of the most compelling, if for no other reason than the sheer improbability of such success as it has enjoyed. And while its reputation is one-dimensional, the reality of its wine scene is far more kaleidoscopic.

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91 points and 'Editors' Choice,' Wine Enthusiast: Earthy notes of mushroom, white pepper, dried leaves and buttered cannellini beans lead over aromas of lemon and stone fruit. The palate boasts mouth-watering acidity yet not without weight and texture, thanks to time maturing on lees. Best Buy.… ...
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Hillersden Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016  (#701640)

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand

[ 91 points and 'Editors' Choice,' Wine Enthusiast: Earthy notes of mushroom, white pepper, dried leaves and buttered cannellini beans lead over aromas of lemon and stone fruit. The palate boasts mouth-watering acidity yet not without weight and texture, thanks to time maturing on lees. Best Buy. Alcohol 12.5%. (Mar 2018) ] 91 points and 'Editors' Choice,' Wine Enthusiast: Earthy notes of mushroom, white pepper, dried leaves and buttered cannellini beans lead over aromas of lemon and stone fruit. The palate boasts mouth-watering acidity yet not without weight and…

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92 points Decanter: Always one of Marlborough's top Sauvignon Blancs, made by former Cloudy Bay winemaker Kevin Judd. It has gentle tropical and citrus aromas and flavours, and the complex layers mean that each sip reveals a little more. A very stylish wine. Alcohol 13%. (May 2018) ...
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Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2017  (#701900)

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand

[ 92 points Decanter: Always one of Marlborough's top Sauvignon Blancs, made by former Cloudy Bay winemaker Kevin Judd. It has gentle tropical and citrus aromas and flavours, and the complex layers mean that each sip reveals a little more. A very stylish wine. Alcohol 13%. (May 2018) ] 92 points Decanter: Always one of Marlborough's top Sauvignon Blancs, made by former Cloudy Bay winemaker Kevin Judd. It has gentle tropical and citrus aromas and flavours, and the complex layers mean that each sip reveals a little more. A very…

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94 points Wine Spectator: Red licorice and clove add aromatic details to the polished cherry and raspberry flavors, with cigar box, rosemary and fresh loamy earth notes. Plenty of precision and elegance here, with a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2028. 158 cases imported. (7/18/18) ...
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Felton Road Pinot Noir Central Otago Cornish Point 2016  (#701819)

Pinot Noir from Central Otago, New Zealand

[ 94 points Wine Spectator: Red licorice and clove add aromatic details to the polished cherry and raspberry flavors, with cigar box, rosemary and fresh loamy earth notes. Plenty of precision and elegance here, with a long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2028. 158 cases imported. (7/18/18) ] 94 points Wine Spectator: Red licorice and clove add aromatic details to the polished cherry and raspberry flavors, with cigar box, rosemary and fresh loamy earth notes. Plenty of precision and elegance here, with a long, lingering finish. Drink now…

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90 points Wine Spectator: Dark and fleshy, offering a vibrant mix of black cherry and plum flavors, with gingerbread and clove accents. A touch of fresh clay adds some appealing structure on the finish. Drink now through 2026. 350 cases imported. (10/31/16) ...
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The Better Half Pinot Noir Marlborough 2015  (#701851)

Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand

[ 90 points Wine Spectator: Dark and fleshy, offering a vibrant mix of black cherry and plum flavors, with gingerbread and clove accents. A touch of fresh clay adds some appealing structure on the finish. Drink now through 2026. 350 cases imported. (10/31/16) ] 90 points Wine Spectator: Dark and fleshy, offering a vibrant mix of black cherry and plum flavors, with gingerbread and clove accents. A touch of fresh clay adds some appealing structure on the finish. Drink now through 2026. 350 cases imported. (10…

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92+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Pale to medium ruby in color and revealing a wonderfully perfumed nose of lavender and roses wrapped around a good core of red cherries and pomegranate plus a touch of humus, the medium-bodied 2012 Pinot Noir is structured by a good backbone of grainy… ...
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Clos Henri Pinot Noir Marlborough 2012  (#701508)

Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand

[ 92+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Pale to medium ruby in color and revealing a wonderfully perfumed nose of lavender and roses wrapped around a good core of red cherries and pomegranate plus a touch of humus, the medium-bodied 2012 Pinot Noir is structured by a good backbone of grainy tannins and just enough acid to support the delicate red berry and earth flavors. It finishes long. Drink: 2014-2019. (Dec 2014) ] 92+ points Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate): Pale to medium ruby in color and revealing a wonderfully perfumed nose of lavender and roses wrapped around a good core of red cherries and pomegranate plus a touch of humus, the medium-bodied 2012…

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91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: Lively redcurrant aromas emerge on the nose of the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc. There's pink grapefruit as well in this medium-bodied, slightly creamy-textured Sauvignon Blanc. It avoids any vegetal notes, delivering a mouthful of bright, refreshing citrus and a… ...
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Borthwick Sauvignon Blanc Wairarapa Paddy Borthwick 2017  (#701977)

Sauvignon Blanc from Wellington/Wairarapa, New Zealand

[ 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: Lively redcurrant aromas emerge on the nose of the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc. There's pink grapefruit as well in this medium-bodied, slightly creamy-textured Sauvignon Blanc. It avoids any vegetal notes, delivering a mouthful of bright, refreshing citrus and a long, crisp finish. Nicely done. Drink: 2018-2021. (Feb 2018) -Joe Czerwinski ] 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: Lively redcurrant aromas emerge on the nose of the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc. There's pink grapefruit as well in this medium-bodied, slightly creamy-textured Sauvignon Blanc. It avoids any vegetal notes, delivering…

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92 points Decanter: Alongside bright cherry notes, there is a compelling core of minerality that sits effortlessly on the palate. Pure, evocative Pinot character that is enticing and rich. Floral and earthy finish. Drink: 2016-2018. (8/31/16) ...
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Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir North Canterbury 2014  (#326870)

Pinot Noir from Canterbury/Waipara, New Zealand

[ 92 points Decanter: Alongside bright cherry notes, there is a compelling core of minerality that sits effortlessly on the palate. Pure, evocative Pinot character that is enticing and rich. Floral and earthy finish. Drink: 2016-2018. (8/31/16) ] 92 points Decanter: Alongside bright cherry notes, there is a compelling core of minerality that sits effortlessly on the palate. Pure, evocative Pinot character that is enticing and rich. Floral and earthy finish. Drink: 2016-2018. (8/31/16)

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95 points Decanter: Peaches, lemons, red apples and tropical fruit leap from the glass. Quite a textural Sauvignon Blanc with sweet grass, grapefruit, nut and subtle honey flavours and a rich and creamy texture. An interesting, characterful example with a long, mineral finish. (2018) ...
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Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough Te Muna Road Vineyard 2017  (#701826)

Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough, Wellington/Wairarapa, New Zealand

[ 95 points Decanter: Peaches, lemons, red apples and tropical fruit leap from the glass. Quite a textural Sauvignon Blanc with sweet grass, grapefruit, nut and subtle honey flavours and a rich and creamy texture. An interesting, characterful example with a long, mineral finish. (2018) ] 95 points Decanter: Peaches, lemons, red apples and tropical fruit leap from the glass. Quite a textural Sauvignon Blanc with sweet grass, grapefruit, nut and subtle honey flavours and a rich and creamy texture. An interesting, characterful example…

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93 points and 'Editors' Choice,' Wine Enthusiast: Chief winemaker Helen Masters has produced a Sauvignon Blanc full of delicacy and restraint. Enchanting aromas of apple peel, lime blossom, wild mint and ginger glide seamlessly into a bright, shimmery palate that prickles with a juicy, copper-penny… ...
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Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough 2016  (#701625)

Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough, Wellington/Wairarapa, New Zealand

[ 93 points and 'Editors' Choice,' Wine Enthusiast: Chief winemaker Helen Masters has produced a Sauvignon Blanc full of delicacy and restraint. Enchanting aromas of apple peel, lime blossom, wild mint and ginger glide seamlessly into a bright, shimmery palate that prickles with a juicy, copper-penny tang and just a touch of textural weight, all ensconced in a long, salty, pithy finish. Delicious on its own, this would be glorious with a wide range of east and southeast Asian dishes. Alcohol 12.5%. (Jul 2018) ] 93 points and 'Editors' Choice,' Wine Enthusiast: Chief winemaker Helen Masters has produced a Sauvignon Blanc full of delicacy and restraint. Enchanting aromas of apple peel, lime blossom, wild mint and ginger glide seamlessly into a bright,…

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95 points James Suckling: A super refined and elegant sauvignon that delivers an extremely sophisticated palate that operates on a condensed core of vibrant limes and minerals. There s a wealth of detail here with bergamot and Earl Grey to close. Drink or hold. Screw cap. (10/8/18) ...
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Clos Henri Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016  (#701983)

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand

[ 95 points James Suckling: A super refined and elegant sauvignon that delivers an extremely sophisticated palate that operates on a condensed core of vibrant limes and minerals. There s a wealth of detail here with bergamot and Earl Grey to close. Drink or hold. Screw cap. (10/8/18) ] 95 points James Suckling: A super refined and elegant sauvignon that delivers an extremely sophisticated palate that operates on a condensed core of vibrant limes and minerals. There s a wealth of detail here with bergamot and Earl Grey to close.…

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92 points and 'Editors' Choice,' Wine Enthusiast: Loveblock is the label of Erica and Kim Crawford, former owners of one of New Zealand's most famous brands... displays subtlety and complexity. The nose is a soft synthesis of peach, cantaloupe, lemon-lime, watermelon rind and warm stone minerality,… ...
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Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2017  (#701868)

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand

[ 92 points and 'Editors' Choice,' Wine Enthusiast: Loveblock is the label of Erica and Kim Crawford, former owners of one of New Zealand's most famous brands... displays subtlety and complexity. The nose is a soft synthesis of peach, cantaloupe, lemon-lime, watermelon rind and warm stone minerality, while the palate is all about texture. It's tight, structured and chalky, with prickly acidity and a long citrus and mineral finish. Drink now with an array of seafood and salad dishes. Alcohol 13%. (May 2018) ] 92 points and 'Editors' Choice,' Wine Enthusiast: Loveblock is the label of Erica and Kim Crawford, former owners of one of New Zealand's most famous brands... displays subtlety and complexity. The nose is a soft synthesis of peach, cantaloupe,…

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89 points Wine Spectator: Melon and ruby grapefruit flavors are fresh and appealing, with a hint of citrus pith on the juicy finish. Drink now. (8/31/17) ...
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Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc North Canterbury 2016  (#701664)

Sauvignon Blanc from Canterbury/Waipara, New Zealand

[ 89 points Wine Spectator: Melon and ruby grapefruit flavors are fresh and appealing, with a hint of citrus pith on the juicy finish. Drink now. (8/31/17) ] 89 points Wine Spectator: Melon and ruby grapefruit flavors are fresh and appealing, with a hint of citrus pith on the juicy finish. Drink now. (8/31/17)

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