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Canterbury

The Canterbury region spans almost 200km of the east coast of the South Island, from Waimate in the south to Cheviot in the north and is New Zealand's youngest wine region. This cool climate area enjoys a long steady ripening period. Crucial to successful grape ripening is sunlight, of which Canterbury normally gets plenty and the infamous northwest wind also dries out the vine canopy, helping minimise the risk of disease. The cooler nights and warm days typical of the region contribute to good flavour intensity, helping to retain aromatics and provide good levels of natural acidity, but a cool climate also carries a risk of late spring and early autumn frosts.

Waipara Valley is the main sub-region of Canterbury, but plantings are expanding around the Canterbury Plains and as far south as the border of Waitaki Valley. The Waipara Valley is situated in North Canterbury, a 40 minute drive north of Christchurch. Climatically this is slightly warmer than the rest of the Canterbury region. The Waipara Valley nestles at the base of the Teviotdale hills, which provide protection from cool easterly winds and are open to the warming northwest winds. The special terroir of the valley floor, hill slopes and river terraces all contribute to the unique wines produced from Waipara Valley. As one of the fastest growing sub-regions Waipara is now producing a range of internationally acclaimed wines.

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  • Pegasus Bay

    Pegasus Bay

    Canterbury

  • Main Divide

    Main Divide

    Canterbury

  • Bell Hill

    Bell Hill

    Canterbury

  • Kalex

    Kalex

    Canterbury

  • Black Estate

    Black Estate

    Canterbury

  • Greystone

    Greystone

    Canterbury

  • Pyramid Valley

    Pyramid Valley

    Canterbury

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Wines from this region

  • Taste
    Green pear and apple combine with cinnamon, cloves and rock melon to make this harmonious, mouth filling wine.
    Eat
    Aromatic Asian pork
    Why
    Excellent value
    Greystone Canterbury Pinot Gris

    2013 Greystone Sand Dollar Pinot Gris Canterbury

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  • Taste
    Pears, tropical fruit & guava, layers of complexity, fleshy & unctuous with a core of tangy minerality & acidity which draws length
    Eat
    Crispy chilli squid
    Why
    Pinot Gris deliciousness
    Main Divide Pinot Gris Canterbury, New Zealand Wine

    2013 Main Divide Main Divide Pinot Gris Canterbury

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  • Taste
    Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc - Berries & purple plums, mid-palate generosity & richness. The Cabernets (Sauvignon & Franc) give wild blackcurrant streak & backbone
    Eat
    Rich pasta dishes, BBQ meat
    Why
    Produced by Pegasus Bay
    New Zealand Wines, Main Divide, Red Blend, Canterbury

    2014 Main Divide Red Blend Canterbury

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  • Taste
    Soft style, plentiful mix of red & dark berries, subtle spice, bright finish
    Eat
    Rib Eye
    Why
    Best value Pinot Noir on our list
    Kalex, Alex K, Pinot Noir, Otago, New Zealand Wine

    2013 Kalex Alex K Pinot Noir Canterbury

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  • Taste
    Vibrant bouquet, passionfruit, rock melon, limes, gooseberries & crushed thyme, savoury complexity. Fresh, crisp & lively
    Eat
    Asparagus & smoked salmon
    Why
    Generous richness and wonderfully textural
    Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon Canterbury New Zealand Wine

    2012 Pegasus Bay White Blend Canterbury

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  • Taste
    Bright lemon, peaches, nectarines, apricots & guavas. Concentrated yet powerful, spine of tingling acidity
    Eat
    Spicy foods
    Why
    Elegant & moorish
    Pegasus Bay Riesling Canterbury New Zealand Wine

    2013 Pegasus Bay Riesling Canterbury

    £19.50
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  • Taste
    Bright ruby. Black cherries, blackberries & raspberries, vanilla pod & dark chocolate. Zesty fruitiness & spice, supple body
    Eat
    Wild mushrooms
    Why
    Suppleness
    Main Divide New Zealand Wine Pinot Noir Canterbury

    2013 Main Divide Pinot Noir Canterbury

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  • Taste
    Medium dry styled, complex-flavoured with hints of savoury citrus fruit, bright & refreshing with acknowledging minerality
    Eat
    Lemongrass-chilli marinated pork
    Why
    Charming
    Black Estate Riesling New Zealand Wine

    2014 Black Estate Riesling Canterbury

    £19.90
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  • Taste
    The palate is rich & filled with aromas of pear, nectarine, ginger, honey & lychee. A fine citrus line through the wine brings fresh acidity
    Eat
    Spicy Thai beef salad
    Why
    Vibrant & mouth filling
    Black Estate New Zealand Wine Pinot Gris

    2015 Black Estate Circuit Pinot Gris Canterbury

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  • Taste
    White peach, apricot, wax & lanolin with underling roasted fennel seed. Soft & rich with gentle balanced acidity
    Eat
    Peach & apricot crumble
    Why
    Salivating goodness
    Black Estate Chenin Blanc New Zealand Wine

    2014 Black Estate Home Chenin Blanc Canterbury

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  • Taste
    Aromas of lemon, lime, peach & nectarine, hints of orange. Rich & big boned, back bone of minerality & crisp acidity. Cellar 5+ years
    Eat
    Asian style salads
    Why
    From one of North Canterbury's finest producers
    Pegasus Bay Bel Canto Riesling Canterbury New Zealand Wine

    2014 Pegasus Bay Bel Canto Riesling Canterbury

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  • Taste
    Delicate white flowers, hazelnuts & orchard fruits. Textural layers unfold to produce a balanced expressive Chardonnay.
    Eat
    Tagliatelle
    Why
    North Canterbury greatness
    Kalex Chardonnay New Zealand Wine

    2013 Kalex Chardonnay Chardonnay Canterbury

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  • Taste
    Dessert Wine - Peach & nectarine, limes, mandarins, cantaloupe melons & honeycomb, root ginger. Lively core, crisp acidity & lusciousness. 750ml
    Eat
    Lemon possett
    Why
    The North Canterbury Riesling specialists
    Pegasus Bay Late Picked Aria Riesling New Zealand Wine

    2014 Pegasus Bay Late Picked Aria Riesling Canterbury

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  • Taste
    Dessert Wine - Warm & golden. Ripe sémillon, clean noble botrytis. Generous bouquet, peaches, apricots, comb honey, nougat, marzipan & toasted almonds. 375ml
    Eat
    Sticky date pudding
    Why
    Natural lusciousness
    Pegasus Bay Finale Semillon New Zealand Wine

    2011 Pegasus Bay Finale Sémillon Canterbury

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  • Taste
    Supple, ripe & generous palate fueled with cherries, spice & dried herbs
    Eat
    Grilled meat, herb jus
    Why
    Earthy Pinot
    Black Estate Damsteep New Zealand Wine Pinot Noir

    2013 Black Estate Damsteep Pinot Noir Canterbury

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  • Taste
    Bright cherry, forest fruits, sandalwood, iron & freshly tilled earth. Seductive savoury tannin emerges alongside a persistent mineral line
    Eat
    Spiced duck leg
    Why
    Dense clay limestone soils
    Black Estate Home Pinot Noir New Zealand Wine

    2014 Black Estate Home Pinot Noir Canterbury

    £32.90
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  • Taste
    Bright, zesty with underlying hints of peach, nougat & hazelnuts. Seamless in structure, driven & persistent
    Eat
    Lemon infused chicken
    Why
    Consistently phenomenal
    Black Estate Home Chardonnay New Zealand Wine

    2015 Black Estate Home Chardonnay Canterbury

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  • Taste
    Baked peach & yellow flowers on the nose. The palate is lush & energetic yet streamlined with stony acidity & girdling phenolics
    Eat
    Freshly grilled scallops
    Why
    An amazing Chardonnay
    Pyramid Valley, Chardonnay, Field of Fire, 2011

    2011 Pyramid Valley Field of Fire Chardonnay Canterbury

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  • Taste
    Blue fruit characters, earthy hints & perfumed. Full palate, fine grained tannins, salivating juiciness & spicy lift to finish
    Eat
    Duck - any way
    Why
    Two & a half barrel selection from Bell Hill Estate
    Bell Hill Pinot Noir Old Weka Pass New Zealand Wine

    2012 Bell Hill Old Weka Pass Pinot Noir Canterbury

    £69.00
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  • Taste
    Delicate white flowers, citrus & wet stones. Energetic & fresh, fine thread of acidity. Focused, pure mineral salinity
    Eat
    Caramalised brioche, foie gras terrine
    Why
    Biodynamic, complex & utterly exceptional
    Bell Hill Chardonnay Canterbury New Zealand Wine

    2012 Bell Hill Chardonnay Canterbury

    £89.00