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(750ml)
Bottle: $22.02 $23.94
12 bottles: $18.40
Rated 91 - Dried lavender, green tea, white pepper and fresh loamy earth notes are perfumed, adding an air of...
WS
91
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(750ml)
Bottle: $25.40 $26.74
12 bottles: $23.91
Rated 92 - A blend of six clones, Maude's 2016 Pinot Noir was partially destemmed and aged in 30% new French oak for...
WA
92
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(750ml)
Bottle: $20.18 $21.94
12 bottles: $15.67
(750ml)
Bottle: $15.94
12 bottles: $15.62
(750ml)
Bottle: $52.94
12 bottles: $51.88
Rated 95 - There’s a complex and more serious statement to this wine in terms of oak treatment with pretty clear...
DC
95
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95
(750ml)
Bottle: $69.94
6 bottles: $68.54
Rated 96 - Beautifully pristine pinot, this sweet-spot pinot location has performed well in 2016, delivering a pinot...
JS
96
WE
94
(750ml)
Bottle: $39.95
12 bottles: $39.15
Rated 93 - A very settled riesling with a neat thread of lime juice and pithy citrus rind that’s really nicely...
JS
93
(750ml)
Bottle: $32.26 $32.74
12 bottles: $31.61
Rated 92 - This has very attractive, fresh and vibrant aromas of apples and lime juice that lead to a palate that has...
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92

Central Otago New Zealand Wine

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.