Maria Private Bin Merlot/Cabernet
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Awards & Ratings
Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards
Wine Spectator TOP 100 Wine Producers
World's Most Admired Wine Brands - Drinks International
Shanghai Stewed Pork Belly, Beijing Hot Pot, Beijing BBQ Meat Skewers
Pork Chops, Pork with Mustard
The dual-island nation of New Zealand is not only a top wine producer, but an innovater in wine packaging - aka, screw caps. The Kiwis have also earned international recognition for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. The country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
Notable Facts: Auckland was one of the first wine growing regions of the country, but now produces very little of New Zealand's wine. It's pretty wet up there so vineyards are planted in the driest spots possible – reds are most popular here. Nelson is the only region along the west coast of the country, producing Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Canterbury's chilly climate is best suited for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Hawkes Bay is the second largest wine region, following Marlborough. The area is known for its shmorgasborg of different microclimates and soils. Gimblett Gravels, while sounding like a character out of Lord of the Rings, is a soil and a district in the area. Gimblett Gravels are a gravelly mix that absorb and retain heat, much like the soils of Graves in Bordeaux or Chateauneuf du Pape in the Rhone.