Following sustainable practices has been the foundation of NZ wineries, very fitting for a country whose natural environs are among the cleanest and most attractive in the world.
2015 was an exciting time for Alliance in New
Zealand. We expanded our fledgling operation there and we will be
launching some new wines, including an organic single site
Sauvignon later in the year.
Meanwhile our favourite producers continue to scoop top awards
and critical acclaim, with the Glovers in particular demonstrating
a talent for producing exquisite aromatic whites with a distinctive
rich texture and unusually rewarding complexity. Although the
Cabernets, Merlots, Syrah and even Malbecs of Hawkes Bay continue
to grow in international stature the standard for reds from New
Zealand is still borne by Pinot Noir and we have some of the best -
vibrant fresh and pure flavours from Sherwood in the Pinot Noir hot
spot of Waipara, a richer rounder and more savoury style from
Zeyphr in Marlborough and the legendary poise and verve of the
sought-after single vineyard bottlings from Mount Edward in Otago.
As understanding of the subregions and even the complexity of the
vineyards themselves grow, and as many of the vines start to mature
the already fine quality of these wines is developing further -
great potential finally realised.