New Zealand has become all but synonymous with one grape: Sauvignon Blanc. The Northern tip of the Southern Island is called Marlborough and it is the home of most of New Zealand's Sauvignon Blanc. The Sauvignon Blanc found here is usually recalled as having grapefruit and citrus flavors with hints of pepper and herbs. Sauvignon Blanc lovers should not also try the fantastic Northern Island Sauvignons across the Cook Strait in Martinborough. These Sauvignons tend to focus on a citrus with some clear white peach flavors and fresh cut hay. Wine lovers should not pigeon hole New Zealand as a Sauvignon Blanc only wine producer, as it also makes fine Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and other reds featuring the Bordeaux varietals. Chardonnay finds a welcome home throughout New Zealand, but the best wines come from Gisborne. Hawkes Bay is the home to claret-style reds made from the Bordeaux varietals. Hawkes Bay reds tend to have wonderful acidity, ripeness and subtle, but firm, tannins. These wines are certainly worth seeking out.
"Deep and darkly brooding in color this wine has a complex nose showing brambly red fruit with riper, rich black cherries, smoky oak and some floral violet notes. There are supporting notes of thyme and spicy pepper found within focused acidity and layers of fruit and earthy complexity on the palate. Lush and silky tannins characterise the elegant palate with a rich and concentrated core of ripe red fruits and cherries that linger for a long powerful finish."
"A wonderful deep garnet hue sets the tone for this classic Pinot Noir. Look for aromas of ripe black cherry and rich plum, surrounded by blueberry fruit. Spice with hints of licorice and rose petal are compelled with a bouquet reminiscent of being deep in an oak forest in the Autumn."
"An intriguing, smoky, incense-filled aroma and details of chive blossom and orange zest add some charm to the crisp cranberry and tart cherry flavors. Refreshing and compact, showing good intensity on the finish."
"A fresh style with classic Pinot Noir character. Offers cherry and raspberry, white pepper and delicate spice with cedarbox, carrot tops and the expected forest floor notes. It is approachable and juicy with silky fruit, cocoa and fine spices lingering across the finish."
"90 Points- Wine Spectator. Light and crisp, with tangy lime, melon and peach flavors that are succulent and smooth, finishing juicy, with plenty of focus and intensity."
"Classic aromas of citrus fruit including lime and grapefruit accented by hints of stone fruit and fresh-cut grass. Passion fruit, guava and kiwi harmonize on the palate with hints of fresh green notes, complemented by crisp acidity and a juicy, refreshing finish."
"This silky, medium bodied Pinot Noir represents much of what Marlborough Pinot has to offer, with generous cherry fruit, modest complexity largely imparted by oak and supple tannins, all at a reasonable tariff. Drink now through 2018."
"89 Points- Wine Spectator. Ruby grapefruit and citrus flavors are fresh and juicy, with notes of lime zest and green apple skin that linger on the finish, revealing a hint of passion fruit."
"Ripe aromas of peach, tropical fruits and dusty ginger. Savory and concentrated, conveying an attractive sweetness to its pineapple, gooseberry and spice flavors. In an essentially gentle style but buttressed by sound acidity; not particularly complex but with lovely sweetness and early appeal."