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WINE REVIEW: Two New Zealand Wine Values

by Andrew Chalk

Duck Hunter 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ ($19)

Duck Hunter 2019 Pinot Noir, Marlborough, NZ ($19)

Now emerging as the two top grapes of New Zealand, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir each illustrate that country’s ability to develop a varietal unchained by the style conventions of other parts of the world. No grape varietal illustrates this better than sauvignon blanc, the country’s most mature creation. New Zealand sauvignon blancs are very recognisable with high acid, herbaceous notes in the nose, and hints of citrus.

This example has a typical light straw color, a nose of lemon, freshly-cut grass, and a high acid palate exuding lots of lemon and a texture like fine sandpaper. It is definitely best paired with food (e.g. oysters, scallops) than on its own.

The pinot noir is a translucent ruby color. Nose of red cherries, thyme, and savory notes, The palate exhibits pronounced cherry fruit, grippy tannins, light notes of oak, all framed by potent acidity. Serve with

If you want an introduction to New Zealand wines this pair would be a good starter.




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