#NWTW Week 49: Waiting In The Wings

week 49 waiting in the wings

Chardonnay is a grape that grows somewhere in nearly every wine growing region in the world. Why? Well it’s because it can grow in so many places. It’s a great grape for new wine areas to test themselves. Are there are few newer than New Zealand.

Back in the 70s, when New Zealand wine was really starting out, it was planted all over both islands. The great sunshine and cooling winds, oceans, and hills meant that Chardonnay could ripen slowly, with great acidity, and lots of tropical fruit flavours.

Then it all changed, sort of. In the 80s and 90s the worldwide smash that is New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc hit the market, closely followed by the equally phenomenal Pinot Noirs from down there too. Cue the vine pulls of Chardonnay and bring on the mass production of country’s wine icons.

Of course there were places in New Zealand where Chardonnay kept a strong hold. In areas like Gisbourne and Hawke’s Bay in the North Island, and Nelson and Central Otago in the South Island, it was developing nicely and producers were learning from the internationally noticed mistakes of Australia and the US in terms of over or under oaking.

So the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir craze is cooling off, as wine geeks we’re always after what’s next? Well New Zealand has always had this classic waiting in the wings. Don’t miss out!

Cheers

Other Posts in NWTW Week 49:

#NWTW Week 49: Chardonnay from New Zealand (Part One)

#NWTW Week 49: Chardonnay from New Zealand (Part Two)

#NWTW Week 49: One Day Soon, Hopefully


4 thoughts on “#NWTW Week 49: Waiting In The Wings

  1. You have inspired me to seek out NZ Chards. I am a huge fan of the SauvBlancs – very inexpensive too. I am also always seeking “what next” – I’m getting into grower/maker Champagnes (getting hip here out West vs. the big bubbly houses) – would love to know if you see any other trends – ride the edge or fall off you know.

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