In the late 1990s, New Zealand suddenly burst onto the world’s wine scene with panache, offering up a new, intensely aromatic, fruit-driven style of Sauvignon Blanc that was an immediate hit! These wines were followed by a host of immensely impressive Pinot Noir cuvées that established the country’s reputation as a serious hitter on the international stage. It seemed that the defining elements of the exceptional beauty of this island nation had suddenly taken on a new and stunning dimension as the vineyard lands began to flourish!
At the recent New Zealand Wine Fair in San Francisco, numerous producers presented outstanding wines from classic vines. Yet too, there were more atypical offerings that showed real flair and impressive character.
Slave to the grape – worse fates there have been!