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NZ Pinots - how good?
3 Mar 2009 by Jancis Robinson
Pinot Noir Week continues. New Zealand was already showing signs of Pinotmania at the turn of the century and total plantings of Pinot Noir overtook those of Chardonnay to become the country’s second most planted grape variety after Sauvignon Blanc in 2006. With its distance from the equator and naturally high acidities, New Zealand is well suited to this early ripening vine and there is hardly a New Zealand wine region that does not have its own distinctive style of Pinot Noir although the finest examples tend to come from the South Island and North Island regions south of Hawke's Bay. While I was there recently I had the...

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