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New Zealand’s Pellucid Wines: More Light Than Heat

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Stephen Tanzer, May 2016

New Zealand’s wine industry and its grape vines continue to grow and mature. I experienced the country’s blinding summer sunshine up close and personal earlier this year, but its vibrant wines kept me consistently refreshed. I tasted more wines than ever before that deliver complexity and place character, not just varietal fruit. And the recent succession of benevolent growing seasons has been a boon for ripeness without heaviness.

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Focus on Gimblett Gravels

featured, New Zealand

Stephen Tanzer, Mar 2015

Two thousand twelve was a cool, late year in the Gimblett Gravels Winegrowing District, a favored area within the greater Hawkes Bay appellation on New Zealand’s North Island.

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The Best of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

New Zealand, IWC

Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2014

What a difference a year makes!  Last summer the task of tasting well over a hundred 2012 sauvignon blancs from Marlborough was truly an acid test, as many of those wines were made from grapes that never ripened properly in a very cool, late growing season

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The Best of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, and Some Chardonnays Too

New Zealand, IWC

Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2013

These are tricky times for New Zealand wine in the U.S. market, as the short crop of 2012 and continued strength in the New Zealand dollar are exerting pressures on prices here.

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New Zealand Sauvignon and Pinot

New Zealand, IWC

Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2012

Exports of New Zealand wines to the U.S. have grown by 19% over the past 12 months, driven by this market's thirst for sauvignon blanc, which accounted for nearly 90% of New Zealand wines shipped here.

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New Zealand Sauvignons and Pinots

New Zealand, IWC

Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2011

Owing largely to the high cost of grape-farming and winemaking, New Zealand's wines have never been cheap in export markets

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New Zealand Sauvignon and Pinot

New Zealand, IWC

Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2010

New Zealand sauvignon blanc is a no-brainer for the consumer looking for fresh white wine at a moderate price, either to accompany a restaurant meal or for enjoying at home

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New Zealand Sauvignon and Pinot

New Zealand, IWC

Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2009

American consumers can still find New Zealand’s wines in the market at the same prices as last year, and in some cases lower

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New Zealand Sauvignon and Pinot

New Zealand, IWC

Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2008

I tried far more New Zealand sauvignon blancs and pinot noirs this summer than ever before, but in the warm months the assignment of tasting these vibrant, fruit-driven, cool-climate wines can never be a hardship

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New Zealand Pinot and Sauvignon

New Zealand, IWC

Stephen Tanzer, Sep 2007

While Josh Raynolds was slogging his way through a couple thousand Australian and Spanish wines this summer, many of them with alcohol levels of 15% or more, I was enjoying a cool dip in the pool of New Zealand sauvignon blanc and pinot noir