Wine Lists

New Zealand wines to try

By J'aime Cardillo

15 Jun, 2022

Here are six wines to try from our Antipodean neighbour.

To celebrate New Zealand's global campaign Made with Care, we've put together a list of wines that are just that. 

Home to 10 wine regions, and known for its superlative and thoughtfully created food and wine, discover pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, syrah, and gamay from around NZ.

2019 Greystone Wines Ferment Pinot Noir

2019 Greystone Wines Ferment Pinot Noir

Graceful, pure and enchanting in the mouth. Slippery tannins and a freshness that belies the density on the finish. Delicate nose of chalky petrichor, cinnamon and cigarbox spice with length, minerality and dark berries on the palate.

Food pairing suggestion: Braised duck or pork belly.

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2020 Invivo & Co Graham Norton Sauvignon Blanc

2020 Invivo & Co Graham Norton Sauvignon Blanc

The GN 2020 sauvignon blanc weaves the bright citrus and tropical characters of the Awatere Valley with the classic herbal punch from the Wairau. The palate is full bodied with a long finish and perfectly balanced acidity.

Food pairing suggestion: Thai dishes and shellfish.

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2021 Palliser Estate Chardonnay

2021 Palliser Estate Chardonnay

Vibrant, lemon clarity. Peach, vanilla bean, nougat and hazelnut on the nose. Creamy and rich in the mouth with subtle French oak opening to an array of juicy stone fruit flavours. Time on lees offers biscuit notes, with a long finish.

Food pairing suggestion: Roast pork or chicken, risotto or a seafood bisque.

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2019 Smith and Sheth Heretaunga Syrah

2019 Smith and Sheth Heretaunga Syrah

One hundred percent barrique-aged syrah from the Gimblett Gravels. A deep, crimson red colour with dark red berry fruit, red liquorice florals and pepper on the nose. Complexity from the small new oak component sits perfectly in the background on the palate. Savoury, long and finely tuned without being heavy, dense or dry. A classic Hawke's Bay Syrah with the structure that will allow it to age for at least 10 years.

Food pairing suggestion: Roast lamb or grilled eggplant.

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2021 Summerhouse Sauvignon Blanc

2021 Summerhouse Sauvignon Blanc

This Marlborough sauvignon blanc is a riot of ripe citrus and tropical fruit aromas. Loaded with juicy rockmelon, vibrant stone fruits and lemongrass. The mouth-watering finish on this wine deserves serious savouring.

Food pairing suggestion: Fresh, local seafood.

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2021 Te Mata Estate Gamay Noir

2021 Te Mata Estate Gamay Noir

Candy-apple red and edged in royal purple, Estate Gamay Noir ’21 is bursting with raspberry, Turkish delight, blueberry, wild strawberry, and ripe, black cherry. Its superfloral, red-fruit presence is balanced by subtle notes of smoke, liquorice, sandalwood, and cinnamon. A gorgeous line of bright acidity runs the length of the wine, giving incredible freshness and persistence.

Food pairing suggestion: Spanakopita or chicken liver paté.

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Top image credit: Greystone Wines.