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Thursday, 18 April 2019 11:54

White or Red? New Zealand replies, “BOTH!”

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Marlborough, New Zealand! Beautiful to visit, especially for a wine-lover!

With a growing international reputation, two stunning grape varieties from the region are available around the globe: the crisp citrus fruity Sauvignon Blanc and the dark fruit, deep, and soft-tannined Pinot Noir.

It is rare to find someone who has not tasted and enjoyed the crisp citrus fruity flavour of the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Blanc has become New Zealand's most planted variety and is successfully grown throughout all its wine regions.

But, did you know that New Zealand also has a growing international reputation for several other grape varietals, including the princely Pinot Noir. New Zealand Pinot Noir has seen impressive growth in export sales and is now second only to Sauvignon Blanc in production volume.

In the last two decades, the area in New Zealand dedicated to pinot noir vines has expanded from 2,782 acres to more than 14,000 acres in several regions throughout the country, making it the country's most widely planted red-wine. Nzwine.com says “The huge diversity in climates and soil facilitates a wide range of Pinot Noir styles throughout the many regions (of New Zealand). Common to all, though, is structure and elegance overlaid by power and fruit-driven intensity.”

And the beautiful Marlborough Region of New Zealand’s South Island is the place to find excellent quality in both. Not dissimilar to BC's famed growing region in the Okanagan Valley, Marlborough is surrounded by mountains, with a cool, dry and sunny climate; growing conditions that lead to bold and fragrant wines.

Whether you enjoy the juicy and mouth-watering flavour, with lime, passion fruit, kiwi fruit, minerals and hints of green pepper of the Sauvignon Blanc, or the light-tannined, raspberry, cherry and plum taste of the Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand delivers.

Auntsfield, a family-owned winery in Marlborough, produces an exceptional single-vineyard Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Both of these products are available at the British Columbia Liquor Stores www.bcls.com.

Auntsfield Single Vineyard Pinot Noir SKU 738146: by the bottle

Auntsfield Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc SKU 738021: by the case (12 bottles)

 

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