DATE: 30 March 2020
This Week’s Recommended Wines

The New Zealand House of Wine - Our recommendations

This week, we’re bringing you four wines that we know you’ll love. Whether you’re a red wine lover or prefer a lighter glass of white, we recommend these wines for a reason!

Pencarrow Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2018 - £13.99

Delivering ripe, intense flavours, this light and fruity Sauvignon Blanc benefits from the maritime climate of Martinborough. With fresh, tropical aromas on the nose, this crisp white pairs perfectly with all types of seafood. Paella, anyone?

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc 2018 - £18.99

Another for the white wine drinkers, Dog Point’s 2018 Sauvignon Blanc is a vibrant white, with notes of freshly-squeezed citrus and dried herbs. Whilst this wine choice also pairs well with simple seafood dishes, we recommend enjoying it alongside recipes featuring a hefty amount of goat’s cheese.

Esk Valley Pinot Noir 2018 - £14.99

Featured in this week’s recommended reds, is Esk Valley’s 2018 Pinot Noir. Elegant and complex, this wine features flavours of deep red fruits, plums and cherries. A rather powerful red, which drinks well alongside roasted or slow-cooked lamb dishes.

Kim Crawford Pinot Noir 2017 - £17.99

From the cool climate of vineyards located on the South Island, this Pinot Noir from Kim Crawford boasts aromas of strawberry and cherry, complemented by hints of toasted spice. Drinking perfectly alongside a mushroom risotto, this is the ideal choice for a cosy night in.

The above wines are all part of our mix six offer, meaning you can enjoy reduced prices on these bottles when buying six or more! You can mix and match too!

We are proud to offer the UK’s largest selection of New Zealand wines, so discover more great wines by browsing our website.

DATE: 09 March 2020

Classic Wines of New Zealand by Michael Cooper

Dog Point Winery

"What is a New Zealand wine classic? It is a wine that in quality terms consistently ranks in the very forefront of its class." - Michael Cooper.


Michael Cooper is New Zealand’s most acclaimed wine writer, having written over 40 books and receiving several major literary awards throughout his career so far.

With his accolades and unparalleled knowledge of the New Zealand wine market, there’s no one better to turn to when looking for inspiration and ideas about which New Zealand wines are best to buy and try. That’s why today’s blog focuses on the wines that have made their way onto Michael’s list of favourite New Zealand classics, and don’t worry – there’s a bottle to suit every budget!

 

Classed as ‘Super Classics’, the following Sauvignon Blanc’s have both achieved brilliance in at least five vintages, taking them straight to the top of Michael’s list.

Dog Point Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc 2016 - £28.99

The first comes from the Dog Point Vineyard and is sourced from the Wairau Valley, a sub-region of well-renowned Marlborough. Containing fruit aromas of citrus and white peach, this white wine has a chalky minerality and fresh herbal influence, all complemented by a slightly funky reductive edge.

Cloudy Bay Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc 2015 - £38.99   

Another Sauvignon Blanc created in the sub regions of Marlborough, this unique and sophisticated white wine boasts aromas of lemon thyme, mandarin blossom and stonefruit combined with ginger spice. Famed for its persistent flavour and intensity.

Next up, Michael presents his ‘Classics’, referring to wines that have achieved an outstanding level of quality for at least three vintages.

Felton Road Block 2 Chardonnay 2017 - £38.99

For those who prefer a glass of Chardonnay, Felton Road’s 2017 vintage offers a bright nose of white peach and alluring crisp tropical fruit. Simple and classic, this wine is refined and poised with serious precision.

Trinity Hill Gimblett Gravels The Gimblett 2015 - £21.99

A unique blend of 42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 23% Merlot, 2% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot, this wine provides a superb clarity of flavours. The Cabernet gives structure and fresh aromatics, while Merlot provides richness. In addition, the Petit Verdot adds complexity and density.

Akarua RUA Pinot Noir 2018 – £17.99

With ripe red berries and subtle savoury characters, balanced by acidity, this Pinot Noir is sourced in Central Otago, which is known for its juicy red berry fruits and uninhibited heavy oak influence.

Villa Maria Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2018 - £15.99

Harvested in the cool of night to retain maximum aromatic complexity, this wine is blended from premium vineyards in the warm Wairau Valley. Fresh and zesty, this Sauvignon Blanc is textured on the palate.

All of these wines and many more of Michael Cooper’s recommendations are available to purchase now from New Zealand House of Wine, with most available at reduced ‘mix six’ prices when buying six bottles or more! Don’t miss out on these great savings!

DATE: 02 March 2020

FOUR MUST HAVE NEW ZEALAND WINES

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If you’re a lover of New Zealand wines, then there’s a number of different bottles you need to try. From deep reds to fruity whites, New Zealand’s producers offer some of the most popular New World wines. If you’re unsure of where to start, check out this list of some of our favourites.

Villa Maria Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc, 2018List Price £13.99

Our first pick comes from none other than the award-winning Villa Maria. Last week’s blog focused on their new documentary Vintage, which is now available to view on Amazon Prime. Centering around the Marlborough region and documenting the hard work and tireless hours that goes into making their wine taste as good as it does, it goes without saying that a bottle of their finest is among our top choices.

Benefiting from the cooling influence of Clifford’s Bay, Villa Maria’s Sauvignon Blanc is vibrant and fruity. Displaying powerful aromas of blackcurrants, wild nettles, snow peas and fresh grapefruit, this wine is a flavour explosion with a refreshing mineral, flinty finish.

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, 2019 List Price £18.99

Another Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region, Greywacke has created a truly unique, salsa-like tasting wine containing a blend of summer fruit and fragrant Asian spices. Finishing crisp and dry, this wine provides a zesty, citrussy flavour that pairs perfectly with light fish dishes such as smoked salmon or caviar canapés.

Akarua RUA Pinot Noir, 2018List Price £19.99

Sourced from the Akarua vineyard in Central Otago, which is dominated by mountain ranges, this Pinot Noir offers a core of juicy red berry fruit. With lifted floral aromas and a touch of dried herbs, this complex wine pairs perfectly with a well-seasoned joint of succulent meat such as lamb or pork.

Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Noir, 2018List Price £22.99

Another for Pinot Noir lovers, this wine from the Crowell Basin vineyards is a classic example from Central Otago. A combination of red and black berry fruits with further complexity gained from oak spice, this is a highly popular wine that showcases the impressive development of New Zealand wines.

So, there you have it! The start of a (very) long list of our favourite New Zealand wines, all of which are available at reduced prices when you buy six bottles or more from New Zealand House of Wine.

Shop our collection of over 260 bottles and discover your love for the New World here!

DATE: 25 February 2020

A NIGHT WITH VILLA MARIA

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Last week, we were invited to the UK premiere of New Zealand’s Most Awarded Winery’s new documentary, Vintage by Villa Maria.
Filmed during the 2019 harvest season at Villa Maria’s Marlborough estate, Vintage follows the all-consuming journey of Stuart Dudley, Villa Maria’s Marlborough Viticulturist, as he and his team embark on their busiest time of the year. 
Typically, harvest falls between February and April and lasts around eight weeks. During this time, work for Stuart and his team more than doubles, with all team members having to endure gruelling 12 hours shifts on vineyards that need 24/7 attention.
 

 
Last week, we were invited to the UK premiere of New Zealand’s Most Awarded Winery’s new documentary, Vintage by Villa Maria.
Filmed during the 2019 harvest season at Villa Maria’s Marlborough estate, Vintage follows the all-consuming journey of Stuart Dudley, Villa Maria’s Marlborough Viticulturist, as he and his team embark on their busiest time of the year. 
Typically, harvest falls between February and April and lasts around eight weeks. During this time, work for Stuart and his team more than doubles, with all team members having to endure gruelling 12 hours shifts on vineyards that need 24/7 attention.
 
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“Vintage is a tremendous watch. What you as a viewer get is a really absorbing, informative,
at times emotionally charged view of the universal magic of a wine vintage.”

- Oz Clarke OBE

From alarms that sound in the early hours of the morning to inform the team that the grapes are at the optimum temperature for picking, to tireless hours spent walking up and down rows to check for pests and infected grapes. Villa Maria’s team of highly passionate professionals need to ensure every bottle of Villa Maria wine is up to scratch, which is why their hard work is so fundamental each and every year.

Exporting to over 60 countries, there’s a huge amount of pressure on the Villa Maria teams to ensure harvest runs as smoothly as possible. With external factors such as the weather having extreme effects on the taste of wine, it’s crucial that the team are on hand to do everything they can to ensure the best wine can be produced.

Commenting on the filming of the documentary, Stuart Dudley said: “We were really lucky that 2019 was a good vintage weather-wise. We were more tolerant of having some people follow us around.”

He also expressed how he thought the documentary will help portray the New Zealand wine industry “in a really good light”, adding that “It’s about really passionate people and an awful lot of work”.

Vintage by Villa Maria will be available to view on Amazon Prime from Thursday 27th February.

As one of Villa Maria’s UK stockists, we are proud to offer a range of Villa Maria wines, which are available to purchase online here. Our range includes a number of bottles that are created in the Marlborough region by Stuart and his team.