Flashcards in New Zealand Deck (22)
Regions of North Island, North to South
Waikato/Bay of Plenty
Regions of South Island, North-South
What are some important subregions of Auckland?
Kumeu, Waiheke Island, Matakana
Where is production concentrated on the North Island?
The central and southern regions of Gisborne, Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa
What is Gimblett Gravels?
An area of deep shingled soils in Hawke's Bay, source of good Syrah and Bordeaux-style blends
What body of water separates the North and South Islands?
What differentiates New Zealand from most other wine-producing countries?
It has a much higher average quality, because it lacks the large tracts of land necessary for bulk wine production.
What winery put New Zealand on the map? When did this happen?
Cloudy Bay, est. in 1985
Why did New Zealand get such a late start to the wine game?
"Six o'Clock Swill," a law that mandated bars close early, along with other prohibitive measures against alcohol, which didn't end until the 60s
What was planted in New Zealand before the 1970s?
Mostly hybrid grapes
What is Albany Surprise?
Another name for the Isabella grape, which is a vitis labrusca variety. Was widely planted in NZ before 1970s
When was wine law first established in NZ?
In 2006 the GI Registration Act was passed
What are the GIs of New Zealand? What rules must wines from these GIs adhere to?
There are only 3 as of now: New Zealand GI, North Island GI and South Island GI.
85% min. grape, vintage and stated GI
What subregion of Auckland is less rainy than the others?
Waiheke Island, it enjoys a sunny and dry climate compared to the rest of Auckland
What is the North Island's most important region for red wines?
What is Gisborne also known as? What thrives here?
Poverty Bay, mainly white grapes
What is the southernmost region on the North Island? What grapes thrive here?
Wairarapa, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc
What is both New Zealand's sunniest and the South Island's rainiest region?
Who launched Cloudy Bay?
David Hohnen, he came from Cape Mentelle in Western Australia
What are the three subregions of Marlborough?
Wairau, Awatere, and Southern Valleys
What makes Marlborough special as a wine region?
The unusual combination of long days, cold nights, bright sunshine, and dryish autumns