New Zealanders take on Bordeaux firsts


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Yesterday in London a small New Zealand wine region pitted its wines against the very best that Bordeaux has to offer. In the event, the favourite wines of a group of eminent British tasters were all from Bordeaux, but everyone admitted that it was by no means blindingly obvious where each wine came from and I think we all learnt just how serious a challenger Gimblett Gravels in Hawke's Bay can be.

There had been a trial run of this David and Goliath exercise in New Zealand last October with Gimblett Gravels’ best Bordeaux blends...