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Premium New Zealand Wine Selection

Spectacular wines picked by expert judges

Welcome to the New World Premium New Zealand Selection of wines retailing over $25.

The spectacular wines featured in this selection are from iconic New Zealand wine-growing regions and are premium varieties that respond to the time, love and care showered by seasoned winegrowers and winemakers. They’re perfect for thoughtful gifts and special occasions, big or small – everything from family celebrations to marking life’s milestones, offering a humble apology to a big thank you. We understand it can be bewildering navigating special occasion wines and we stand behind every one of these beauties

The New World Premium New Zealand Wine Selection was made using the rigorous processes of the 2021 New World Wine Awards judging. These premium wines were blind-tasted and evaluated by the independent panel of expert wine judges using the internationally recognised 100-point scoring system. To be awarded a Gold medal a wine must score 95 points or above.

These premium wines are AVAILABLE IN SELECTED NEW WORLD STORES. Please ask the liquor team in your store for help with premium wines if you need assistance.

Explore the New World Premium New Zealand Wine Selection

 

Church Road Grand Reserve Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2019 

To make great Chardonnay like this requires a significant number of factors to align. In this case predominately grapes from the renowned Tuki Tuki Vineyard planted by Tom McDonald in the 1960’s, which is still producing grapes from this magnificent site. Then 2019 was an outstanding year with a very hot dry summer that allowed the grapes to ripen to perfection. And finally selected parcels of grapes from the best areas of the vineyard combined with a focused wine making team. The combination of these factors is a wine that shows classic Hawkes Bay typicity with ripe creamy stone fruit characters with enticing wholemeal toast aromas. Its rich and textural, the acid balance is perfect and there is an inner tension to this wine that makes it sing! Fabulous as a glass of wine with friends, it’s a quintessential addition to all the festive treats of roast ham, turkey, barbecued rack of lamb and of course salmon. 

Thornbury Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

Thornbury was originally created by Winemaker Steve Bird and business partner Bruce McCutchen in the late 1990’s with a focus on producing Hawkes Bay and Marlborough wines. Subsequently sold into the Villa Maria group where winemaker Simon Fell took over the brand with spectacular results. Matching our best grape varieties to the iconic wine regions of New Zealand has produced a range of superb wines reflecting the core strengths of the variety with the unique terroir they are most suited too.  Demonstrating the strength of Central Otago fruit, there’s a rich core of intense juicy dark red cherry fruit, a suggestion of wild herbs supporting soft attractive tannins that balance the bright acidity. Still very youthful, this wine has great development potential. Serve at room temperature with a rich mushroom risotto, duck or a rich flavoursome beef stew. 

Church Road McDonald Series Hawkes Bay Syrah 2019

From one of the oldest wineries in New Zealand, developed by winemaking pioneer Tom McDonald, this is a wine to celebrate his passion, vision and pioneering spirit. As a 19-year-old, Tom was left in control of the winery while the owner Bartholomew Steinmetz returned to his native Luxembourg in the 1920’s. Steinmetz never returned and Tom, after initially leasing it, bought the winery in 1936 and started producing outstanding red wine. While famous for all their red wines, it’s the Hawkes Bay Syrah that is creating excitement, with bramble berry and rich dark fruit aromas balancing the lifted oak notes. Lots of palate concentration and weight, succulent juicy fruit and while still very youthful, already showing poise. Serve at room temperature with BBQ pork or a juicy pepper steak.