What Makes New Zealand Red Wine So Good?
There are many factors which make New Zealand red wine so good including the fact that the wine regions are those that are mostly located at free draining valleys. Valleys such as Martinborough, Wairau and Hawke’s Bay, with a few exceptions such as Kawarau Gorge.
The most predominant deposits of alluvial are sandstone also called grey wacke. This material can be found in most parts of New Zealand. This alluvial nature of soil is imperative and wine growers have noticed this which is whey this often mentioned on labels such as Gimblett Gravels. This area was once a river bed teaming with all sorts of marine life which a very stone filled soil. Today the stones act a as a way to lower the fertility of the area as to lower the water table it also is a heat source for the cool wind that blows though the area. This combined with other factors creates what is called a meso climate.
In addition to growing conditions there is also a diversity of the growing methods used to produce New Zealand red wine. There is the one concept of traditional growing where there is a vineyard and grapes are grown in the land surrounding the place where wine is produced usually owned by a family which has it own wine making culture and equipment along with their own storage methods. The other is what is called the European model. This is where AOC village wine making is done at a production facility which is centralized. Also fruit is often grown on contract for wine makes and its nothing new when it comes to New Zealand wine making industry. Both of these wine making cultures have been in existence since the late 1960s.
Many wine makers originally started out as contract growers. Also many of today’s small producers started out using fruit grown on contract for them. Many of the good wine producers often use contract fruit so some how supplement the variety of fruit as well as the wine they market, many use fruits from various geographical regions. So its not uncommon to see a wine producer in Auckland who is marketing a “Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc” or you see a Marlborough wine producer who is marketing a Gisborne Chardonnay.
New Zealand Red wine is made from a bled of a varietals Merlot, Cabernet Franc, etc or even Hawkes Bay. There are also many wines which are made from Syrah now this is either done solely or it’s a blend. Even Mostepulciano, Sangiovese and Tempranillo is used.
New Zealand red wine is considered one of the best in the world. This is owing to the fact that many wine producers are using a variety of methods to produce wine so you get a taste of various manufacturing and growing methods. Contract growing in combination with various fledgling wine production businesses mean that wine is cheaper than other types of wine as well as of a high quality.
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