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Flashcards in New Zealand Vintages Deck (15):
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2014

A generally good vintage across the country, with particular excitement in Hawke’s Bay where 2014 is thought of as potentially even better than the outstanding 2013. The country’s viticultural engine room Marlborough had its largest ever vintage, with quality touted as above-average.

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2013

Slightly riper than 2012 in Marlborough, and 'nigh-on perfect' in much of the north island, especially Hawke's Bay, with a long, warm summer and no adverse weather - although early frosts did bring down yields for many.

3

2012

One of the coolest years on record, and an overall yield 18% below the norm. This resulted in Sauvignon Blancs with grass and citrus flavours instead of tropical fruit.

4

2011

Warm and ripe across New Zealand, with a bumper crop of grapes.

5

2010

Only produced 75% of average yields, but a very easy vintage otherwise. Sauvignon Blanc experienced particular concentration, while Pinot Noir was praised for its perfume and firm structure.

6

2009

Good quality throughout New Zealand, with dry conditions making for lovely, healthy, naturally balanced wines. Reds from Martinborough and Hawke's Bay were especially noteworthy.

7

2008

A lot of rot in Marlborough, meaning careful selection was required to make good Sauvignon Blanc. Not a distinguished vintage.

8

2007

Unkind to Martinborough, which suffered frost damage, but was welcomed across every other region as being good if not outstanding quality.

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2006

Good Sauvignon Blanc, but was more notable for Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah based wines that benefited from the warm and dry weather.

10

2005

A small crop, producing wine with much greater concentration than normal.

11

2004

High yields of good quality fruit across most regions - with the exception of Central Otago, which suffered decimating frosts.

12

2003

Poor quality and low in yield. Best avoided.

13

2002

Warm weather that was good for Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, but less beneficial to Sauvignon Blanc.

14

2001

Exceptional quality on the south island, but was lighter in style on the north island.

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2000

Much lower yields thanks to rot caused by rain. Marlborough was one of the best regions of the country.