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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: £12.50
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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: £11.83
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Ara, Single Estate Sauvignon Blanc,
Ara Estates, Resolute Sauvignon Blanc, 2018 (Case) Ara Estates, Resolute Sauvignon Blanc, 2018 (Case)
Per Bottle: £20.83
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An intensely aromatic wine with a weighted texture and complexity that fuses a dry minerality with lemon thyme and white peach notes, into a seamless palate of exceptional length.
Ata Rangi, Craighall Chardonnay, 2017 (Case) Ata Rangi, Craighall Chardonnay, 2017 (Case)
Per Bottle: £33.08
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This wine has lifted aromas of white peach and hints of orange blossom. Underlying notes of fig, honey, brioche and a light touch of the subtly spicy French oak in which the wine was fermented and aged contribute to its complexity. On the palate this wine is silky and concentrated with good levels of acidity and a long lasting flavour.
Ata Rangi, Lismore Pinot Gris, 2018 (Case) Ata Rangi, Lismore Pinot Gris, 2018 (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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The on-skins component has highlighted beautiful citrus florals, with a hint of fresh fennel and lime zest. The wine has an impressive textural quality with mouth-watering drive and a tight, flinty, satisfyingly long finish.
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, Chardonnay, 2018 (Case) Blank Canvas, Chardonnay, 2018 (Case)
Per Bottle: £24.50
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An incredibly textured and savoury wine. It summons a golden peach and grapefruit fruit profile, alongside complex flint and fresh bread. Further complexity comes from the oak used in winemaking, imparting subtle vanillin and toast characters. Lifted crisp acidity allows the power and weight of this wine to shine through resulting in a tantalisingly long and balanced finish.
Blank Canvas, Gruner Veltliner, 2013 (Case) Blank Canvas, Gruner Veltliner, 2013 (Case)
Per Bottle: £14.00
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A wine of wonderful, pure aromatics this Gr�ner shows classic notes of mandarin and ripe peach with an underlying trace of white pepper. The oak featuring in the 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 we chose large French oak puncheons to do the job. The result is a well-structured, luscious rendition of an Austri…
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, 2018 (Case) Blank Canvas, Sauvignon Blanc, 2018 (Case)
Per Bottle: £15.67
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A classic expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc but one which offers complexity of texture and a mineral drive reminiscent of river stones and sea spray. Blackcurrant, guava and passionfruit aromas emerge alongside subtle hints of lemongrass. On the palate, it is focused and vibrant while remaining elegantly balanced and distinctly salty.
Blank Canvas, Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 (Case) Blank Canvas, Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 (Case)
Per Bottle: £16.00
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A classic expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc but one which offers complexity of texture and a mineral drive reminiscent of river stones and sea spray. Blackcurrant, guava and passionfruit aromas emerge alongside subtle hints of lemongrass. On the palate, it is focused and vibrant while remaining elegantly balanced and distinctly salty.
Burn Cottage, Riesling/Grüner Veltliner, 2017 (Case) Burn Cottage, Riesling/Grüner Veltliner, 2017 (Case)
Per Bottle: £39.67
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The Gr�ner Veltliner component in the blend offers attractive aromas of beeswax and white pepper coupled with a zesty lime flower, chamomile and lemon curd from the Riesling. The wine is rich on the palate but is well-balanced with bright acidity. The finish has a lovely energy and lingers on the palate.
Cloudy Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 Cloudy Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, 2019
£24.95
32 in stock
The palate is fresh and focused with ripe citrus, stonefruit, fennel and mineral notes lingering on the persistent fi nish. Our sauvignon blanc is a delicious partner to a tomato and goat curd salad drizzled with fresh basil oil.
Cloudy Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 (Case) Cloudy Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 (Case)
Per Bottle: £24.17
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Pale straw in colour and vibrantly aromatic, the Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc is like and exotic infusion of fresh ginger, sweet basil and lemongrass layered over ripe tropical and citrus fruits. With great fruit flavours, the palate is mouth-wateringly juicy yes finishes with a refreshing finish.
Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc, 2019
Per Bottle: £13.17
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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.
Craggy Range, Kidnappers Chardonnay, 2018 (Case) Craggy Range, Kidnappers Chardonnay, 2018 (Case)
Per Bottle: £17.67
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Pale golden straw with green hues. Subdued aromatics of manuka honey, lemon and wet stone. The palate is taut and textural with a phenolic backbone providing length to the sweet citrus and melon fruits.
Craggy Range, Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 Craggy Range, Sauvignon Blanc, 2019
Per Bottle: £13.00
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Pale straw with green hue. Aromas of lime zest, white blossom, thai basil and river stones. Lovely varietal definition on the palate with persistent flavours of fresh citrus and green apple and a refreshingly dry finish.
Craggy Range, Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 (Case) Craggy Range, Te Muna Road Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 (Case)
Per Bottle: £16.17
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Pale straw colour with a green hue. Lovely aromas of citrus blossom, lime, jasmine and the faintest hint of fresh honey. Subtle flavours of fresh lime and grapefruit are balanced with a fine chalky texture that is reminiscent of the stones and limestone within the vineyard. Finishes dry, fresh and long.
Fairfields, Sauvignon Blanc, 2017 (Case) Fairfields, Sauvignon Blanc, 2017 (Case)
Per Bottle: £9.50
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Fairfields, Sauvignon Blanc,
Ferndale, Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 (Case) Ferndale, Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 (Case)
Per Bottle: £10.67
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Shows rich gooseberry and tropical fruit aromas with and edge of complexity. The palate is lively and refreshing with a long lingering finish. Gooseberry and tropical fruit aromas with an edge of complexity. The palate is lively and refreshing with a long, lingering finish.
Framingham, Classic Riesling, 2019 Framingham, Classic Riesling, 2019
£16.95
3 in stock
This wine is an elegant pale gold in the glass, with hints of green. It has a fragrant, complex nose showing tangelo, honeysuckle, jasmine and quinine aromatics along with hints of apricot, beeswax, cream and some gentle nuances of wet stone.
Framingham, Classic Riesling, 2019 (Case) Framingham, Classic Riesling, 2019 (Case)
Per Bottle: £14.17
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This wine is an elegant pale gold in the glass, with hints of green. It has a fragrant, complex nose showing tangelo, honeysuckle, jasmine and quinine aromatics along with hints of apricot, beeswax, cream and some gentle nuances of wet stone.
Framingham, Old Vine Riesling, 2017 (Case) Framingham, Old Vine Riesling, 2017 (Case)
Per Bottle: £19.67
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Framingham, Old Vine Riesling,

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