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The Astor Wines & Spirits Glossary

New Zealand

Over the past two decades, this tiny island nation has demonstrated that its winemaking ability extends well beyond excellent Sauvignon Blanc. Pinot Noir has found an ideal climate here, as have Riesling and Chardonnay. The relatively cool weather of the South Island (and the southern regions of the North Island) provides the climate that these grapes require in order to develop the right acidity levels. Modern New Zealand wines have incredible depth and all the complexity of their Old World counterparts.
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