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New Zealand wine praised by expert
Published on 31/01/2011

The complexity of some varieties of wine from New Zealand have been praised by an expert.

Writing for the Herald, Tom Bruce-Gardyne noted the popularity of the country's produce has been growing in recent years, a fact that could prompt an increase in demand for it to be featured in wine hampers.

The UK is said to have contributed to a boom over the last decade, which has led to a number of new vineyards being established. Chardonnay was the primary driver, with the grape offering an "intense aroma of cut grass and gooseberries".

And Mr Bruce-Gardyne observed a natural acidity helps lift citrus flavours, while oak has been "used with restraint".

"They can't match the Chileans on price, but they probably beat them on complexity," he said of New Zealand's producers.

It comes after Olly Smith, in an article for the Daily Mail, suggested people who are usually quick to overlook Chardonnay should reconsider, as if it is handled sensitively it can be an excellent tipple.

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