New Zealand may be seen as our smaller sibling, but that does not mean that our friends across the ditch go unnoticed. In fact, our Kiwi counterparts are well-known for a number of things – think manuka honey, sheep, rugby, stunning scenery, action sports, Lord of The Rings and their popular Prime Minister.
With the establishment of a trans-Tasman travel bubble becoming somewhat imminent in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, it provides us Australians with a perfect excuse to expand our horizons towards another famous Kiwi creation – really good wine.
Whether you are chasing a holiday or have simply exhausted your adventures around Australia’s wineries, there has never been a better time to book a flight across the Tasman to taste the fine wines produced by our neighbours.
However, if a New Zealand vacation is beyond your current reach, you can experience New Zealand’s thriving viticulture at home with these top Kiwi wine picks.
Pask Trilliant 2016
If you want to invest in a wine that will impress, this should be at the top of your list. With juicy fruit, hints of black pepper and blueberries and nicely rounded oaky notes, this bold Bordeaux-esque is one refined wine.
Seresin 2014 Sun and Moon Pinot Noir
No New Zealand wine list is complete without a Marlborough red, hence the inclusion of this biodynamically farmed red with notes of red berry, orange bitters, rose petals and minerals. This finely tannic wine still has plenty of life left in it, so it is perfect to enjoy up to 2027.
Jackson Estate Shelter Belt Chardonnay 2016
If you are after a classic, oaked chardonnay, look no further than this highly recommend drop from Jackson Estate. This broad, ever-so-slightly-sweet incarnation is made for chardonnay lovers who are after a weighty glass of white.
Colere Solera Pinot Blanc/Pinot Gris NV
For a white wine with an edge, look no further than the Marlborough-created Solera. Featuring barrels of Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc from 2012, 2016 and 2017, plus the welcome inclusion of a splash of Riesling, this wine emanates texture and complexity.
Keep your favourite Kiwi wines stored to perfection with a Grand Cru wine fridge. Whether you opt for a sophisticated Black Label or an innovative Label View, Grand Cru is bound to have a wine fridge for you.