New Zealand - The Land of the Long White Cloud - An Extraordinary Wine Evolution

The history of New Zealand wines dates back to the early 19th century, when European settlers introduced vines to these remote lands. The first vines were planted by the Englishman Samuel Marsden in 1819, who brought stocks from Australia.

However, it wasn't until the 1980s that New Zealand really made waves on the world wine scene with Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. This grape variety seduced palates with its unique aromatic profile, characterised by notes of citrus and tropical fruit.

Since then, the country has continued to distinguish itself by producing other high-quality grape varieties, such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. A strong commitment to environmental sustainability reinforces New Zealand's reputation as a world-class wine producer.

This island nation, with its breathtaking scenery and innovative winemaking practices, has received numerous international awards and continues to captivate wine lovers around the world.

In 1990, wine exports totalled $18 million, while today they stand at almost $2 billion!

The future of New Zealand wines is bright, guaranteeing an exceptional tasting experience with every glass. What's more, New Zealand is also positioning itself as a leader in the production of organic and biodynamic wines, consolidating its status as a pioneer in the growing global wine industry focused on sustainability.

The diversity of grape varieties in New Zealand

These highlight the nation's unique terroirs and winemaking expertise.

Sauvignon Blanc
This grape variety, particularly from the Marlborough region, has put New Zealand on the wine map. Known for its vibrant acidity and aromas of citrus and tropical fruit, it is a refreshing favourite the world over.

New Zealand Chardonnays offer a touch of freshness. They emphasise the elegance of the fruit and avoid the influence of oak. Regions such as Hawke's Bay and Gisborne produce Chardonnays with captivating stone fruit notes and lively acidity.

Pinot Noir
Cool-climate regions like Central Otago and Martinborough have perfected Pinot Noir. Youwill find fragrant red berries, velvety textures and crisp acidity in these wines.

Hawke's Bay has ventured into Syrah territory with a New World perspective. New Zealand Syrah is known for its spicy, peppery notes and deep black fruit flavours.

Camille recommends – Sliding Hill Sauvignon Blanc
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On the difficult, dusty terrain of Sliding Hill, vibrant Sauvignon Blanc vines bring out the ripest facets of the fruit for which Marlborough is famous. These vines produce a wine that embodies a harmonious balance between the brightness of citrus flavours and the richness of ripe, sun-kissed fruit.

This Sauvignon Blanc is a testament to its terroir, offering a full-bodied, rounded profile that captivates the senses.

Concentrated on the palate, yet true to its varietal character, the wine unfurls intense notes of passion fruit and peach flesh, with a luxurious texture.

Fresh acidity, reminiscent of the cool, dry summer that nurtured these vines, drives the wine forward with vigour, culminating in a long, clean finish.

This vintage, born of meticulous craftsmanship and the unique characteristics of Sliding Hill, is a vibrant expression of Marlborough winemaking excellence.

Article by Berlin Staff Writer Camille Neveu