A beautiful collection of wines from Canterbury just outside of Christchurch. The wines all show lovely balance and texture and really highlight what New Zealand is capable of – Even the Sauvignon Blanc is good. Quite simply: Pegasus Bay is one of the best wineries on the South Island of New Zealand. And their entry level ‘Main Divide label’ label? Wow!
Guilty pleasure thy name is a full bodied, luscious Chardonnay. Melons and peach, funky lees and wild yeast, hints of oak. Creamy and rich palate with some zesty acid underneath. Stop at one glass? No way! This is everything that is great about Chardonnay. Try this with ripe brie. No aging, just drinking!
Waipara Valley – 40 mins north of Christchurch is a region that Bob Campbell describes as “one of the unsung heroes” of NZs wine industry. Great for ripe and silky Pinot Noir and aromatic and textural Riesling.
Chardonnay – The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.