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New Zealand White Wines

Offering wonderfully pure flavours, New Zealand white wines have garnered well-deserved reputations for superior quality and are well worth exploring.

In 1960, there were less than 400 hectares devoted to vines in New Zealand. This was despite the fact that the country had been producing wine for more than a century. But New Zealand wine's profile and production have risen dramatically in recent decades.

The huge distance from the north of the country to the southernmost point and the diversity of the terrain have combined to give New Zealand a huge range of growing conditions. The result has been impressive variety and unique wines which are now much-admired.

Most of the vineyards in the country are influenced by the cooling effect of the ocean which preserves the acidity in the wines. This gives you the brightness and vibrancy that keeps you coming back for more.

New Zealand grape Varieties

As with wines of any region, grape variety is an important factor in making your choice and you certainly won't find yourself short of impressive options here.

Sauvignon Blanc

This grape makes up an incredible 72% of wine production in New Zealand. The country's wines have imbued Sauvignon Blanc with a new twist and it's one that the rest of the world is keen to copy. These wines deliver freshness, acidity and exotic fruity notes to savour. The aromatic sauvignons of the South Island are particularly noteworthy. Don't miss the delicate wines of the Marlborough region's Awatere Valley.

Chardonnay

The chardonnays of New Zealand are distinguished by full-bodied fruit flavours which are both zesty and satisfying. Oak is used to lend complexity to many of the wines and this sets them apart. Seek out Hawkes Bay Chardonnays for powerful flavours, wines from Auckland for elegance and from Marlborough for crispness. The cooling effect of the ocean prevents the fruit flavours in New Zealand's Chardonnays from becoming too rich and tropical. Even in the fuller-bodied wines influenced by oak, the moreish acidity stands out.

Riesling, pinot gris and gewurztraminer

The cool climate provides great potential for aromatic varieties. While wines from younger vineyards rely a little too much on sugar rather than fruit but the best varietals do rival Alsace wines for intensity and flavour. New Zealand's pinots don't have the weight that you would associate with warmer climates, but they don't possess the earthy mushroom notes of Burgundy either. Most NZ Pinots have highlights of black cherry or strawberry flavours, often boosted by violet and cloves.

New Zealand wine regions

When choosing wines, it helps to understand the individual region from which it comes as the combination of soil, climate, altitude and terrain imbue each wine with its unique qualities. We are delighted to showcase white wines from many of New Zealand's premier wine regions.

Marlborough

Cool and yet sunny with freely draining terrain and fertile soil, this region produces uniquely bright and vivid whites. It was Marlborough which first put New Zealand on the international wine map with its exquisite Sauvignon Blanc back in the 1980s. You can now also enjoy intense chardonnays and aromatic wines from Marlborough and many exciting sub regions are rapidly developing.

Hawkes Bay

New Zealand's second largest wine region, Hawkes Bay has been producing wines since 1851. Grapes were first planted there by missionaries and the region is now notable for its much-celebrated chardonnays and aromatic white wines. The warm climate and long growing season also deliver incredible dessert wines.

Central Otago

Spectacular and boasting diverse terrain, the Central Otago region produces fine chardonnays, excellent aromatics and impressive Sauvignon Blanc. Full-flavoured and wonderfully pure, the best wines of this scenic region are in high demand across the globe.

Gisborne

Lush landscapes and consistent sunshine help wineries in Gisborne to deliver exciting wines with Chardonnays dominating. Pinot Gris is the Gisborne region's second most prevalent variety. Both large producers and boutique wineries are giving us highly-regarded whites which are wonderfully full-flavoured and fruity.

Wairarapa

Wairarapa (meaning glistening waters in Maori) is a small yet diverse wine region to the south of the North Island. Boutique producers create a range of wines boasting outstanding quality. You will discover Sauvignon Blanc, aromatics, Chardonnay and dessert wines of distinction. Planting began in the 1970s and the sub region of Martinborough is home to some of the nations most respected wineries. Expect beautifully balanced chardonnays that keep you coming back for more.

Ara Estate, Single Estate Pinot Gris, (Case) Ara Estate, Single Estate Pinot Gris, (Case)
Per Bottle: £13.00
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Ara, Single Estate Pinot Gris,
Ara Estate, Single Estate Sauvignon Blanc, (Case) Ara Estate, Single Estate Sauvignon Blanc, (Case)
Per Bottle: £12.00
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Ara, Single Estate Sauvignon Blanc,
Ata Rangi, Craighall Chardonnay, 2018 (Case) Ata Rangi, Craighall Chardonnay, 2018 (Case)
Per Bottle: £33.08
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A clean, precise nose of ripe pear and jasmine flowers with savoury aromas of cashew and almond leading onto the elegant palate. A superb example of Martinborough Chardonnay, perfectly balanced with bright acidity.
Ata Rangi, Lismore Pinot Gris, 2020 (Case) Ata Rangi, Lismore Pinot Gris, 2020 (Case)
Per Bottle: £22.92
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This vintage displays a slightly cooler twist and lovely minerality. On the nose there are expressive fruit characters of white nectarine, pear and lychee melded with more savoury-spice aromas of almond croissant and ginger. The palate is fine and delicate, with a pure pear-juice character, and a long lingering finish.
Ata Rangi, Sauvignon Blanc, 2018 (Case) Ata Rangi, Sauvignon Blanc, 2018 (Case)
Per Bottle: £15.42
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This wine has complex aromas of lemon curd, citrus blossom and white peach. There are also interesting notes of spiced apple pie. On the palate, there is a creamy texture obtained from the skin contact and barrel fermentation, intermingled with tangy lemon zest flavours on the finish.
Babich, Black Label Sauvignon Blanc, 2020 (Case) Babich, Black Label Sauvignon Blanc, 2020 (Case)
Per Bottle: £13.50
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Complex notes of blackcurrant leaf, citrus and white flowers, give way to minty, herbal notes on the nose. The medium-weight palate has a fruity attack, with flavours of red apples, mandarins and passion fruit.
Babich, Cowslip Valley Riesling, 2019 (Case) Babich, Cowslip Valley Riesling, 2019 (Case)
Per Bottle: £14.50
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A textbook Marlborough Sauvignon: vibrant gooseberry, grapefruit and lemon, followed by herbaceous and mineral notes. Medium-weight on the palate, with a finish that is both fleshy and zesty
Babich, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2020 (Case) Babich, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2020 (Case)
Per Bottle: £12.33
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A textbook Marlborough Sauvignon: vibrant gooseberry, grapefruit and lemon, followed by herbaceous and mineral notes. Medium-weight on the palate, with a finish that is both fleshy and zesty
Blank Canvas, Abstract Sauvignon Blanc, 2017 (Case) Blank Canvas, Abstract Sauvignon Blanc, 2017 (Case)
Per Bottle: £22.50
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An alternative expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with a focus on texture and layers of aromatic complexity. An intense backbone of blackcurrant, passionfruit and a signature Dillons Point salty minerality, balanced by savoury notes, toast and smoky complexity on the palate.
Blank Canvas, Abstract Sauvignon Blanc, 2018 (Case) Blank Canvas, Abstract Sauvignon Blanc, 2018 (Case)
Per Bottle: £22.50
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An alternative expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with a focus on texture and layers of aromatic complexity. An intense backbone of blackcurrant, passionfruit and a signature Dillons Point salty minerality, balanced by savoury notes, toast and smoky complexity on the palate.
Blank Canvas, Chardonnay, 2019 (Case) Blank Canvas, Chardonnay, 2019 (Case)
Per Bottle: £24.50
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A textured and savoury wine. It shows fleshy white nectarine and orchard fruit, alongside a flint-focussed precision on the palate, with a grainy and honeyed richness. It shows crystalline purity, with powerful savoury oak, and layered complexity.
Blank Canvas, Escaroth Marlborough Chardonnay, 2019 (Case) Blank Canvas, Escaroth Marlborough Chardonnay, 2019 (Case)
Per Bottle: £24.50
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A bright, zesty grapefruit and lemon fruit profile coupled with toasted brioche, musk and a savoury nuttiness. It has a chalky texture, and precise, defined acidity. The result of the winemaking techniques (the combination of the oak maturation and leaving the wine to its own devices) has resulted in a complex and layered palate. This style is rewarding to drink now showing generosity and charm bu…
Blank Canvas, Gruner Veltliner, 2013 (Case) Blank Canvas, Gruner Veltliner, 2013 (Case)
Per Bottle: £14.00
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A wine of wonderful and pure aromatics, this Gr�ner Veltliner shows classic notes of mandarin and ripe peach with an underlying trace of white pepper. The oak featuring in this wine is only obvious if you are told about it � it is there to provide richness and weight to the mid-palate, which is why the producer chose large French oak puncheons to do the job. The result is a well-structured, luscio…
Blank Canvas, Reed Marlborough Chardonnay, 2019 (Case) Blank Canvas, Reed Marlborough Chardonnay, 2019 (Case)
Per Bottle: £24.50
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A textured and savoury wine. It shows fleshy white nectarine and orchard fruit, alongside a flint-focussed precision on the palate, with a grainy and honeyed richness. It shows crystalline purity, with powerful savoury oak, and layered complexity.
Blank Canvas, Riesling, 2013 (Case) Blank Canvas, Riesling, 2013 (Case)
Per Bottle: £14.00
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Drawing inspiration from the great Rieslings of Germany, particularly the Mosel valley, this wine features bright, balanced acidity that whets the appetite. It brims with flavours of old-fashioned lemonade, lime and honeysuckle and is completed by a zesty, satisfyingly long finish. There is a flush of sweetness on the front palate, but its acidity ensures it finishes dry.
Blank Canvas, Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 (Case) Blank Canvas, Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 (Case)
Per Bottle: £16.00
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This Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc offers complexity of texture and a mineral drive that summons river stones and sea spray. Blackcurrant, guava and passionfruit are captured alongside the subtlest hint of oyster-shell. This wine is focused and explosive on both nose and palate yet remains elegantly balanced and distinctly saline.
Burn Cottage, Riesling/Grüner Veltliner, 2017 (Case) Burn Cottage, Riesling/Grüner Veltliner, 2017 (Case)
Per Bottle: £39.67
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The delicate aromas of lime blossom, jasmine and quince accompanies white peach, pear and spicy notes. Medium-dry in style, the sweetness is balanced by a juicy acidity and a fine phenolic texture.
Coopers Creek, Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 (Case) Coopers Creek, Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 (Case)
Per Bottle: £12.17
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This luscious Sauvignon Blanc combines intense white peach and nectarine aromas with beautiful fresh fruit to provide a full palate and lingering finish.
Coopers Creek, Select Vineyards The Pointer Pinot Gris, 2017 (Case) Coopers Creek, Select Vineyards The Pointer Pinot Gris, 2017 (Case)
Per Bottle: £14.33
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This Pinot Gris stands out for its fulsome spicy pear flavours, really capturing the essence of the variety. The palate is richly textured but never heavy, with finesse balancing the weight.
Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc, 2019
Per Bottle: £13.50
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Grown on the lower terrace at Te Muna Road, this wine shows a unique level of texture and complexity. The cooler climate of Martinborough ensures the wine is aromatic with steely minerality while the rocky soils gives intensity of the fruit.
Framingham, Classic Riesling, 2020 Framingham, Classic Riesling, 2020
£16.95
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This wine has a fragrant, complex nose showing mandarin and cream aromas with stonefruit and hints of smoke and minerality. The palate is vibrant and intense with orange, nectarine and cream flavours with zesty acidity.
Framingham, Classic Riesling, 2020 (Case) Framingham, Classic Riesling, 2020 (Case)
Per Bottle: £14.50
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This wine has a fragrant, complex nose showing mandarin and cream aromas with stonefruit and hints of smoke and minerality. The palate is vibrant and intense with orange, nectarine and cream flavours with zesty acidity.
Framingham, Old Vine Riesling, 2019 (Case) Framingham, Old Vine Riesling, 2019 (Case)
Per Bottle: £20.50
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A deliciously balanced "old-world" style, the nose has concentrated lime fruit with hints of honeysuckle and stony minerality. Medium to full bodied, the palate is intense with rich, balanced flavours of mandarin and ripe apple. Layered and complex, citrus fruits and wet slate perfumes continue throughout. Crisp, lively Riesling acidity carries through to the dry, long finish.
Framingham, Pinot Gris, 2018 (Case) Framingham, Pinot Gris, 2018 (Case)
Per Bottle: £13.83
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This wine has mellow aromatics of pear, apple, quince, dough and cream, with a touch of wood smoke. On the palate, it has generous flavours of stonefruit and custard with a balanced acidity.

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