New Zealand is best known internationally as the greatest producer of quality red wine. Wine production in this country can be traced back to the 19th century. The modernisation of the wine industry in New Zealand began in the 20th century. Wine connoisseurs prefer New Zealand wine because they come in different varieties, aromas, and flavors. The main types of wines here are red wine and white wines, and the following are a few examples of the best wines from New Zealand.
New Zealand Red Wine
This wine is said to be the most powerful, intense, and expensive. The main blends that one can enjoy in New Zealand red wine include the Pinot noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.
This is a modern red wine grape that is mostly grown in cooler regions in southern parts of Wairarapa, Canterbury, and Central Otago. It is the second most grown grape in New Zealand but not easily planted. Wineries like it is because of its flavors: cherries sweet strawberries and raspberries. Wine lovers prefer New Zealand’s Pinot noir because it quickly surges and is of great quality. This grape is also an important ingredient in the production of white sparkling wines that are produced in Marlborough.
Cabernet Sauvignon is dark and complex, and its production by the New Zealand wineries is proven to be difficult because of the grape which has to be picked before it is fully ripe. Normally, wineries depend on summer heat to help ripen the grape but with the improvement vineyard technology, its flavor can easily be obtained to ease in its production. Almost all its grapes are planted in warm subtropical regions, which include Hawkes Bay, Northland, and Auckland. Cabernet Sauvignon of New Zealand is produced in softer styles, making it ready for consumption after three years.
The New Zealand Merlot wine is known for its quality varieties, softness, fruit richness, and early maturity. This kind of grape was initially grown to blend Cabernet Sauvignon. The blending of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon provides wine lovers with a feeling of a live ripe fruit and powerful intense of red wine. New Zealand’s cool climate flavours the Merlot red wine growth because it requires a longer period of ripening, which in turn allows it to concentrate properly.
New Zealand White Wine
The New Zealand white wines also come in variety; Sauvignon blanc, Pinot gris, chardonnay, and Riesling.
Sauvignon blanc is a strong and unique white wine, which was first produced in 1977 in Marlborough region. It is produced in North Island; thus, it is soft and it is less herbaceous. It is grown in the southern Island. It has the best aromas instilled with capsicum and gooseberries. Its grassy green flavours make it wine stand out from the rest of white wines.
This wine is so sophisticated and classy. Chardonnay is a blend of citrus and tropical fruits, which make it crispy acidic. Its grape is grown almost in all warm wine regions and this symbolises New Zealand’s diversity in fruit flavour production. This includes places such as Northland and Auckland.
Pinot gris wine became fashionable in early 2000 since it is rich in apple flavours, and wine lovers consider it as third most popular white wine across the world. Its grape is planted across New Zealand regions; thus, it is considered the fourth mostly planted wine in the country. The regions where Pinot gris grape is planted include Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough, and Grisborne.
Riesling is an aromatic grape said to have originated from Germany and is known to be light-skinned. It is grown in the cool southern climate of the southern Island regions, which provides cool nights and brighter days, including Waipara Valley, Nelson, and Marlborough. Its flavors have lemon and lime characteristics that make it unique, in terms of production.
Other than the well-known wines produced in New Zealand, the country is increasingly building a concrete reputation in producing and selling wines and other alcoholic drinks. This has earned them positive reviews that have made it possible to compete favourably on the international scale.