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Burn Cottage Pinot Noir 2017 750ml

Rated 96 - This has very attractive, ripe red-cherry and plum aromas with spicy and sappy complexity, sitting in such a pure mode. The palate has a...
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Burn Cottage Pinot Noir Moonlight Race 2016 750ml

Rated 94 - Generous, stylish, spicy and expressive, with plump blackberry, clove and plum flavors wrapped around a thread of black licorice. The...
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Loveblock Pinot Noir 2018 750ml

Rated #46 TOP 100, 2019 - This displays an impressive presence, smooth and succulent, with vibrant cherry, raspberry and apricot notes and touches...
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Mt. Difficulty Pinot Gris 2015 750ml

Rated 90 - This wine comes from seven vineyards in Bannockburn, ranging in soil types from heavy clay to a wind-blown dune. It starts fermentation...
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Two Paddocks Pinot Noir 2018 750ml

Rated 93 - An impressively complex nose here with a very fresh and juicy, red-cherry and berry nose that offers such alluring style. The palate has...

Central Otago New Zealand

Being in the south of New Zealand's lower island, there is no question of the fact that Central Otago is the most southerly wine region on earth. However, despite its rather extreme positioning, the past century or so has proven that Central Otago is in fact something of an idyllic area for viticulture, being shielded by the harsh, oceanic climate by a mountain range which results in a favorable micro climate. Indeed, the region enjoys long, hot and dry summers followed by pleasant autumns, perfect for ripening grapes. This did not go unnoticed by early French settlers in the 19th century, and before long, vineyards were being planted on the sides of vast glacial valleys, and even the earliest results were promising. Today, Central Otago produces an impressive quantity of wine, mostly made with the ever-present Pinot Noir grape varietal, and exports it all over the world.

As with nearby Australia, New Zealand has over the past century proven itself to be a superb location for producing high quality wines in vast amounts, with much of the cooler regions of both islands being used primarily for vine cultivation. New Zealand wineries are notable for their enthusiasm in regards to experimentation, and for utilizing modern technologies and methods to make the most of the imported grape varietals which flourish in the rich, fertile soils and oceanic climate. In recent years, it has been the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wines which have gained the most attention, as a result of their smoky character and ability to carry the mineral rich nature of the terroir they grow in. Changing consumer interests have brought about a considerable rise in the production of organic and sustainable wines in New Zealand, of which again, the Sauvignon Blanc varietals are leading the way in regards to excellence, flavor and overall character.