New Zealand

New Zealand Wines


To us New Zealand red = Pinot Noir. For several years a huge amount of attention has focussed on the Pinots coming out of Central Otago, but care is needed in selection.


Land prices swiftly soared, and there are plenty of ambitious "boutique" producers there pumping out highly priced, trophy-seeking Pinots of minimal charm and authenticity. The pursuit of ripeness, deep colour and concentration often leads to over-extracted, over-oaked and over-alcoholic wines which completely lose sight of Pinot’s fragrance and elegance. So we continue to recommend wines from Marlborough, with their lighter style, paler hue and fresher fruit. Dare we whisper that the Marlborough Pinots are often more Burgundian?


At the same time any qualifications about Central Otago Pinot do not apply to Felton Road. Global demand is driving prices up for these wonderful wines but we continue to ask for as much as we are offered. Expatriate Englishman Nigel Greening is convinced that growing vines biodynamically (all certified), allows each of the wines produced here to best reflect their origins. Winemaking philosophy is for minimal intervention: gravity flow into open-top fermenters, leaving about 20% of the grapes in whole bunch clusters; fermentation using natural yeasts; and, after ageing in only French oak, bottling without fining or filtration.


We do occasionally list a Bordeaux blend from the Gimlett Gravels zone near Hawkes Bay and the odd Kiwi Syrah; but we have some concerns about the value offered by the former and the ripeness and authenticity of the latter.

New Zealand

  • Felton Road, Bannockburn Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014

    Product Code: FET614

    Felton Road, Bannockburn Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2014

    “Sourced from each of the three main blocks on the estate (Elms, Calvert and Cornish Point), plus the young vines of Blocks 3 and 5, this is a...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light, Medium Bodied

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: New Zealand
    • Region: Central Otago
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Felton Road, Calvert Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2013

    Product Code: FET814

    Felton Road, Calvert Pinot Noir, Central Otago, 2013

    “From youngish vines (planted 1999 and 2001) and usually the most precocious of the single vineyard wines, nevertheless showing great depth of...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light, Medium Bodied

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: New Zealand
    • Region: Central Otago
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Sugar Loaf, Pinot Noir, Marlborough, 2015

    Product Code: SUG615

    Sugar Loaf, Pinot Noir, Marlborough, 2015

    “A terrific find: young Kate Acland’s Pinot from a single vineyard in the lower Wairau, wild-fermented in small open-top vats and then aged in a mix...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light Medium Bodied

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: New Zealand
    • Region: Marlborough
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Waipara Springs, Premo Pinot Noir, Waipara, 2012

    Product Code: WAI612

    Waipara Springs, Premo Pinot Noir, Waipara, 2012

    “This is the sixth vintage we have offered of the Premo Pinot from Waipara, from vines relatively old by New Zealand standards, grown on...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: New Zealand
    • Region: Waipara
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Jules Taylor, Pinot Noir, Marlborough, NZ, 2015

    Product Code: JUL615

    Jules Taylor, Pinot Noir, Marlborough, NZ, 2015

    “A new wine for us. Jules Taylor has worked on vintages in Piedmont, Sicily, Australia and Marlborough before setting up her own label in 2001. 2015...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: New Zealand
    • Region: Marlborough
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Te Awa, Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon, Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, 2014

    Product Code: TEA114

    Te Awa, Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon, Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, 2014

    “The free-draining Gimblett Gravels have become known for producing high-quality fruit from Bordeaux varieties. This blend is about 60% Merlot, 30%...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: New Zealand
    • Region: Hawkes Bay
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
    More Info

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