What do you think of New Zealand OSB (other than sauvingon blanc)?
I spent my honeymoon in New Zealand. Not being a big fan of the NZ style sauvignon blanc, and really only knowing about it and some $50 pinot noirs, I didn't have high expectations.
But I did some advanced research and found the Central Otago region on the South Island - known for pinot noir, and to a lesser extent pinot gris, pinot blanc, reisling, etc.
When I got there, WOW. I found not only some of the most beautiful vineyard landscapes I've ever seen, but also many a category of great value wines that I was never aware of. And better yet, there are better prices to be found in the U.S. than NZ -- I'll guess because "other than sauvingon blanc" isn't very popular here, and, there's a recession going on.
So, I'm wondering -- what do y'all think of the Central Otago value wines? $20 pinots? $13 pinot gris? Do you even know what I'm talking about?
Really interested to hear what you have to say....
Like any premium wine growing region, New Zealand has a multitude of outstanding, world class wines, whether it's Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough (from producers like Isabel Estate, Seresin Estate, or Cloudy Bay), Pinot Noir from Central Otago (from Felton Road, Mt. Difficulty, etc.) -- or from Marlborough or Martinborough (Ata Rangi), for example -- Syrah from Hawkes Bay (Southbank Estate), Cabernet from Matakana . . .
All sorts of grape varieties are available, and they are many superb examples available here in the US . . .
I liked the OSB in NZ as well. A few faves that I haven't seen in the states...
Fromm in Marlborough had my favorite dry and off-dry rieslings
Te Whare Ra in Marlborough's cool climate syrah
Greystone in Waipara and Pegasus Bay's versions of gewurtz, riesling etc.
Dry River has an amaranth gewurztraminer (not the lovat one)
Ata Rangi's alsatian style pinot gris
I picked up a Kim Crawford dry Reisling for 6 bucks at Costco recently. It was a real surprise and I hope they still have some left on Saturday. (I'm a SB drinker but on a trip to NZ in 2003 we were blown away by the wine lists at every motel restaurant and tiny bar we went to.)