Pinot Noir earlier this year. New Zealand has also had some recent success with Grüner Veltliner and Pinot Gris and always watch the shelves for NZ Riesling, a grape that is particularly suited to their climate. In reds there is no escaping NZ Pinot Noir, which offers a fuller texture and a touch more ripeness than Burgundy, but most importantly it offers value. At the upper end, the finely-honed Pinots of Central Otago from the likes of Felton Road offer just as much racy complexity as any village Burgundy and can still compete on price.
Below is a selection of some good New Zealand wines I tried in recent months, plus a couple of bargain wines. New Zealand is not always the best place to look for bargain wines but in the €18-€30 bracket the quality is as good as anywhere in the world and the wine-making so consistent that it easily deserves to be selling so much wine in Ireland
Diary: New Zealand Wine Fair Monday, January 14, Radisson Blu, Dublin 8; 6.30-8.30pm, €15. Tickets via Eventbrite — https://goo.gl/KwGNRg