The turn out to check what is on offer (both from trade and the public) from New Zealand Wineries at their recent wine shows in Australia must have been very reassuring for our friends across the Tasman. New Zealand savvy still reigns supreme. The characteristic mix of herbaceous, grassy flavours , balanced with fruit salad and tropical fruit flavours, picked ripe from a good vintage were out in force. Sauvignon Blanc is still the most planted grape, the most exported and consumed variety out of New Zealand. These distinctive wines have focused the attention of the wine world on NZ.
Also gaining a great reputation and recognition for other varieties and wine styles particularly Pinot Noir, Sparkling wines and Chardonnay, the Kiwis are also producing some excellent Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer (a very under appreciated variety in my opinion). With over 90 exibitors at the show the major wine growing regions, Marlborough, Central Otago, Wairarapa and Hawkes Bay were well represented showing a diverse range of styles.