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New Zealand Wines



New Zealand’s wine is cool. That’s a fact. The only way it could be cooler right now would be if someone put Ryan Gosling on the label. Oh, we’ve just had a cunning plan… New Zealand makes a minuscule amount of wine (less than 1% of all the wine produced in the world), but its reputation is gargantuan, and deservedly so, because the quality of their wine is astonishing.

It would be an understatement to describe Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc as aromatic, it has laser-guided gooseberry, freshly scythed grass and bucket loads of citrus and tropical fruit delivered with pinpoint precision. They are displaying a similar talent for Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling.

When it comes to the reds, we may lose some friends in France with this controversial statement, but we think that hardly anyone is making better Pinot Noir than these guys at the moment. Imagine Burgundy without the large vintage variation and confusing labels. But they don’t have it all their own way…

A couple of years of large crops have seen New Zealand’s wine expand out of the boutique bracket and into larger and larger retailers. Although this may sound like a good thing, it has inevitably led to heavy discounting, which has damaged its premium appeal. Harvests in recent years have been considerably smaller, which has led to prices and quantities returning to their boutique roots. Unfortunately, consumers, used to the lower prices, have been less willing to return. New Zealand’s saving grace is that the quality of its wines is never in question. Winemakers are raving about the 2013 vintage, so keep your eye out. Particularly for our Ryan Gosling Sauvignon Blanc, coming soon.

  • Manuka Springs Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £10.75

    £10.75

    A veritable fruit salad up the nose, gooseberries, limes, guavas and passionfruits, followed by a tangy lemony slap on the taste buds.
  • Wild Rock Hawkes Bay Red 2014

    Now £13.50

    Was £15.50

    £13.50

    A flavour discovery of cassis, violets, boysenberries and hints of oak.

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  • Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2015 Marlborough Red Wine

    Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir 2015

    £29.00

    £29.00

    For a long time the world looked at those crazy Kiwis and thought "boy, these guys are charismatic but what do they a...
  • Manuka Springs Pinot Noir 2016 New Zealand

    Manuka Springs Pinot Noir 2016

    £13.00

    £13.00

    Everyone agreed the old horse-drawn cart was just the vehicle to transport the Pinot grapes from vineyard to winery, ...
  • Manuka Springs Sauvignon Blanc 2016 White Wine New Zealand

    Manuka Springs Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £10.75

    £10.75

    All over Marlborough unusual geysers spurt manuka honey high into the air. Although initially this was a sticky night...
  • Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Pinot Noir 2015 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Pinot Noir 2015

    Now £14.50

    Was £16.00

    £14.50

    The ridonculously talented Matt Thompson, at Saint Clair, featured on one of our 'Inspire-themed posters, saying 'I b...
  • Saint Clair Vicars Choice Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand

    Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Now £12.50

    Was £14.00

    £12.50

    It's hard to stand out against the crowd, especially when the crowd is over-crowded. Y'know? Kiwi Sauvignon is a wine...
  • Salmon Run Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 White Wine

    Salmon Run Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

    £8.50

    £8.50

    The 'salmon run' usually denotes the perilous annual trip that salmon make to their natal rivers to spawn, as bears, ...
  • Villa Maria Southern Clays Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    Villa Maria Southern Clays Sauvignon Blanc 2016

    £15.50

    £15.50

    You probably think you already know all about Marlborough Sauvignons; like a well-fitting pair of boots. They're comf...
  • Wild Rock Hawkes Bay Red 2014 Red Wine

    Wild Rock Hawkes Bay Red 2014

    Now £13.50

    Was £15.50

    £13.50

    It all started when Captain James Cook and Sir Joseph Banks were given a "secret mission" by the British government t...

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