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New Zealand White Wine

A wonderful country. I spent a year in New Zealand and toured both north and south islands. Wine making is a relatively new venture in the land of the long white cloud. There were virtually no grapes planted on south island until the 1970s! And already cool climate Marlborough has given the world a completely new style of wine with it's sensational sauvignon blanc. Love it or hate it, there's no other wine in the world like it. The cooler climate of the south island is also ideal for pinot noir and they make some stunning examples. As all the vineyards are virtually new, it's the pioneering spirit of couples and families that has been the back bone of New Zealand wine, while the rest of the world was being dominated by corporate brands. If you want a truly oustanding wine go for one that is family owned. The ones I'm recommending are superb.

The New Zealand wine industry has flourished and the number of wineries has virtually doubled in the last ten years from 600 or so to well over 1000, with the emergence of many boutique wineries. Anybody who has travelled to New Zealand knows that they are blessed with vast tracts of fertile land and usually great weather too, producing an abundance of fresh produce. They have a very healthy diet and lifestyle, and this passion for quality natural produce has influenced their winemaking. Steer clear of the mass produced brands, and particularly all the UK bottled "own label" Sauvignon Blanc that has flooded the UK since the credit crunch, and you will discover that there are many boutique wineries producing outstanding quality wines with minimal additives and manipulation.

The Gimblett Gravels area of Hawke's Bay has become world famous for quality reds, particularly Bordeaux varietals (such as Cabernet, Merlot and Malbec), and Syrah too. Hawke's Bay is also renowned for producing New Zealand's best Chardonnay. Waiheke Island is producing some outstanding reds, Martinborough is now recognised as a top region for Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, and Central Otago and Canterbury are producing world class Reisling as well as the Pinot Noir they're famous for. An abundance of riches!

Squawking Magpie Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013 75cl

Superb Marlborough Sauvignon.

At last the 2013 has finally arrived! This is a beautiful wine. Very pale in colour. Gooseberry and passion fruit aromas following through on the palate. Light in body and style with a very long crisp finish.

Pair this with seafood or non spicy Asian dishes. Also a great aperitif in the warm weather.

Squawking Magpie Website

Further Information on Squawking Magpie Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013 75cl

Price: £13.99

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John's Rating

90 Points


Squawking Magpie Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013 75cl
Morton Estates
We are delighted to be working with John Coney of Morton Estates to bring his wines once again to the UK consumer. They are frankly sensational. Morton Estates are one of New Zealand's very best wine producers and are proudly independent, producing some of the finest wines in the world, confirmed by their impressive collection of international awards. They own several of the best vineyards in Marlborough and Hawke's Bay, and they control every aspect of the wine making process from grape selection to bottle closure - a rare attribute these days. Their wines are listed at some of the finest hotels in the world including the Savoy and the Ritz in London, Tokyo American Club, Les Bookinistes in Paris, Montage in San Francisco and the Peak Cafe in Hong Kong. They have been invited to pour at the New York Wine Experience a remarkable three times - a feat reserved for the world's top 200 Chateaux. Yet John's very down to earth and is genuinely thrilled to see his wine appreciated on it's own merits. I've never before met a wine maker who makes so many consistently good wines. I cannot recommend them enough.

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Newsflash July 2014 - John Coney has sold "Morton Estates" to Lion Breweries. Only the name and one vineyard (Stonecreek) have changed hands. Sadly this means that Lion will continue to develop the brand "Morton Estates" but use different wine, so quantity will increase and quality will decrease significantly.

We've bought up the last of the Black Label Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay but from 2014 vintage these wines will be completely different! So get them while you can.
Morton Estates

Morton Estates Hawkes Bay Black Label Chardonnay 2011 75cl

Previous awards include - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011 - Gold Medal. Mercedes Benz Hakes Bay Wine Awards Gold Medal 2010, Decanter World Wine Awards Silver Medal 2011, International Wine Challenge Silver Medal 2011 amongst others!

Made from fruit from their Riverview vineyard, fermented in new French oak then aged for a further twelve months, again in French oak. This is a rich, full wine with intense fruit and a long dry finish. Another great wine suited to richer foods, or to savour on it's own.

Only 3 bottles left!

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Further Information on Morton Estates Hawkes Bay Black Label Chardonnay 2011 75cl

Price: £16.80

Sulphite Content:

John's Rating

93 Points


Morton Estates Hawkes Bay Black Label Chardonnay 2011 75cl