Wines from New Zealand
Vineyards from New Zealand
We also supply the wines from Oyster Bay
South Island / North Island
What does New Zealand have to offer?
Some would argue that sauvignon Blanc is not even New Zealand’s greatest grape variety ( some consider Chardonnay and more recently Pinot Noir to be their most prestigious grape variety, since these wines command substantily higher prices than Sauvignon Blanc ) but this country is now the world’s greatest source odf top quality Sauvignon Blanc and it would be a mistake if its winemakers would play down this fact.
A few facts:
- Montana and Cooks started Export in 1970.
- Since the late 1980’s wineries have trebled
- Wineries include Villa Maria, Vidal, esk Valley
- 70 percent of the New Zealand wines come from the North Island
- Wine areas of the North Island: Auckland, Gisbourne, Hawke’s Bay, Waikato, Wellington,
- Wine areas of the South Island ( not cultivated until 1973 ): Canterbury, Central Otago, Marlborough, Nelson
The once famous grape of the Loire has now become the king of New Zealand grapes. Tasting as many as 50 of their antipode or cousins is one of life’s joys. Just to add a drop of Semillon seems to be a like a turbo charge to a wine varietal character. You are allowed to add up to 15% of another grape variety to the wine which is perfectly legal.
A vivacious crispiness and purity of varietal fruit should be the priority of any Sauvignon Blanc winemaker and in New Zealand they have respected this. In Marlborough particulary they are producing the nearly perfect Sauvignon Blanc. Cloudy Bay’s cult following for it’s high flying Sauvignon Blanc, was probably the catalyst for New Zealand’s overall success story, but many consider that wine to be the country’s best Sauvignon Blanc. No doubt, New Zealand has lot’s of wineries producing excellent SB ‘s.
Tindall Vineyard is a family owned 22 hectare single estate. Their sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir is grown in the heart of Marlborough, New Zealand, enjoying terrior of free draining river silt, warm days and by night, the cooling effects of the Pacific Ocean.
The wines reflect the special attention given by owners Terry and Lynley Sowman, sons Clyde and Nigel, grandsons of Henry Tindall whose name honours the label.
Crafted by the acclaimed wiemaker, Dr. John Forrest, the wines reflect that unique pungent fruitful flavour we expect of Marlborough, New Zealand. The accent is on wines with fresh, vibrant flavours with good length and texture.