NEW ZEALAND

With a diverse range of climate and sub soils, from sub-tropical Northland to the most southerly grape growing region of Central Otago, it is no wonder that New Zealand is now producing the international varieties found in Europe with a great deal of success, no longer "just" Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. All the wine growing regions benefit from the moderating effect of their maritime climate, with a long ripening period with abundant sunshine hours and cool night-time temperatures, enabling the top quality producers to deliver wines with purity, vibrancy and a real sense of terroir.
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Bouquet of maraschino cherries, plums, cranberries and cedar. A core of dark cherry, cloves and wild herbs are supported by bright fruit and French oak that complement a rich soft palate with finely integrated fruit tannins.

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Bouquet of maraschino cherries, plums, cranberries and cedar. A core of dark cherry, cloves and wild herbs are supported by bright fruit and French oak that complement a rich soft palate with finely integrated fruit tannins.

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Aromas of gooseberry, guava, grapefruit and melon, while the palate is balanced by fine acidity and fruit sweetness. A wine with great aromatic power.Armit Wines

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A deep ruby red. A vibrant nose with black fruit, sweet spice, and a savoury note. Dense black fruit flavors with blackcurrant and blackberry, together with a lighter note of plum, a hint of cedar and a good tannic structure. 

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2014 Ruhanui Organic, Stonecroft

Bottle 75cl £22.10

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2015 Province Pinot Gris

Astrolabe Wines

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Bottle 75cl £16.06

Case of 6 £96.30

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Pure, focused wine with a delicacy of structure, finishing crisp and dry. Stonefruit and pear flavours dominate, followed by some light citrus. Will age gracefully over the next six years. Great as an aperitif, with shellfish and seafood, pâtés, poultry, pork and light game as well as creamy mushroom or egg dishes.

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2015 Kekerengu Coast Sauvignon Blanc

Astrolabe Wines

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Bottle 75cl £17.06

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This classic, elegant Marlborough Sauvignon comes from the cool Kekerengu coastal region. The limestone soils found here and the cool winds from the sea help to develop a unique savoury structure to the Sauvignon Blanc. This fabulous, nuanced wine offers refreshing pink grapefruit and elderflower, leading onto a beautifully defined palate. Very dry with a minerally backbone lemongrass and rocksalt...

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2016 Kekerengu Coast Sauvignon Blanc

Astrolabe Wines

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Bottle 75cl £17.26

Case of 6 £103.50

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2014 The Wrekin Chenin Blanc

Astrolabe Wines

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Bottle 75cl £17.60

Case of 6 £105.60

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Focused, long and textural, apples, honeysuckle and citrus vie for attention on the palate alongside a firm mineral backbone that leads to a long elegant finish. This will gain more honeyed flavours with age.

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2016 The Wrekin Chenin Blanc

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Bottle 75cl £18.36

Case of 6 £110.10

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2014 Tatou Sauvignon Blanc

Seresin Estate

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Bottle 75cl £9.46

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2010 Paper Road Sauvignon Blanc

Borthwick Vineyards

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Bottle 75cl £11.60

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2008 Paper Road Pinot Gris

Borthwick Vineyards

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Bottle 75cl £11.60

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2013 Taihoa Sauvignon Blanc

Astrolabe Wines

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Bottle 75cl £25.10

Case of 6 £150.60

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Powerful passionfruit, guava and limoncello flavours, and a chalky, mineral texture. This wine will continue to develop rewarding flavour and bottle complexity with ageing. To be drunk with seafood of all types (especially oysters), leafy-summer salads, or as an aperitif.

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2015 Durvillea Pinot Gris

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Bottle 75cl £12.70

Case of 12 £152.40

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2015 Durvillea Sauvignon Blanc

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Bottle 75cl £12.70

Case of 12 £152.40

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2016 Taihoa Sauvignon Blanc

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Bottle 75cl £25.46

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New Zealand Wines

A classic example of the uniqueness of New Zealand wines is the 2012 Reserve Chardonnay from the Seresin Estate in Marlborough. Unusually for a Chardonnay, the 2012 Reserve lets orchard fruits take second place to a complex, highly-structured bouquet, with finely-balanced oak notes dominant. Acid in the mouth, with a salty minerality, it’s a long way from a ‘standard’ Chardonnay – in more than one sense.

Armit Wines offers a large and growing range of red and white wines from the best wineries in New Zealand, explore our full New Zealand wine list today.

New Zealand wine regions

New Zealand offers an enormous range of wine-producing regions because of the varied climate. Parts of North Island have a subtropical climate, while the southern tip of North Island is cooler and home to the Wairarapa wine-growing region. Here, there’s an emphasis on quality and several small, boutique vineyards produce truly excellent wines, discernible in the cedar nose and intense cherry and oak flavours of Borthwick Vineyards’ 2016 Paper Road Pinot Noir.

On South Island’s southernmost tip, where the climate is more like that of Europe, the Otago vineyards produce similar wines to Burgundy, Northern Rhone and Oregon’s Willamette Valley. This is the place to enjoy the spice and dark fruits of the 2011 Bendigo Pinot from Valli.

Producers of New Zealand wine

Your voyage of discovery to Astrolabe, in New Zealand’s Marlborough region, fits owners Simon and Jane Waghorn to a tee: their winery is named after a 19th century explorer’s ship. But their range of Wairau and Ataware Valley Sauvignon Blancs, Pinots Gris and Noirs, and Chenin Blancs, are characteristically modern New Zealand wines.

A few miles inland from Hawke’s Bay, meanwhile, Stonecroft is recognised for some of the best Syrah the New World has to offer. A family owned Domaine, it’s the first winery to be built in the area.

Another first is Canterbury’s Bell Hill, in the previously unplanted Weka Pass area with its pure limestone and chalk soils. Since winter 2007 Bell Hill has been entirely biodynamic and pesticide free.

Explore our range of award winning New Zealand wines today.

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7908 0600 web@armitwines.co.uk

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