NZ Chardonnay storm on the horizon


The first of this week's three-part report on the Master of Wine tour of New Zealand earlier this year concentrates on the variety many think has the most potential of all in the North and South Islands. 

‘A wonderful storm of great Chardonnays is about to hit the shelves, because we’ve worked out how we can do this well’. So said Rudi Bauer, winemaker at Quartz Reef and Central Otago legend, towards the end of a 10-day tour across New Zealand’s wine regions by a group of 40 of us Masters of Wine. In a seminar ostensibly discussing trends in Pinot...