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New Zealand wines at Tauhara Sunrise boutique lodge
New Zealand wine has received critical acclaim throughout the world. Sauvignon Blancs from Marlborough are widely regarded as the best in the world. And New Zealand Pinot Noir is rapidly acquiring a similar reputation. Less well known internationally, yet savoured within New Zealand, are our Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Bordeaux-style reds and our Syrah.
Central Otago has laid claim to being Pinot Noir country. However unlike Sauvignon Blanc where Marlborough is the undisputed king of regions, excellent Pinot Noir is being produced in a number of areas, including Martinborough, Marlborough, Nelson and Canterbury. Similarly with Pinot Gris.
For Chardonnay, Nelson, Marlborough, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne regions all offer excellent examples. For Bordeaux reds, typically blending Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and often either Malbec or Cabernet Franc, it is hard to beat the Hawkes Bay region. The same is true for Syrah, but in both cases Waiheke Island in Auckland harbour, and Matakana Wine Country which is about an hour north of Auckland are also offering some fine examples.
At Tauhara Sunrise boutique lodge, complimentary pre-dinner drinks and hors'd'oeuvres are a nightly affair. The cellar is stocked with lovely examples of all the varietals discussed above and Rob is only too happy to source hard to find or premium wines to meet your specific requirements (may involve additional fees).