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New Zealand

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.