New Zealand Rebounds
A prolific crop in '08 brings well-priced Sauvignon Blancs, while Pinots from the low-yield '07 harvest show intensity
New Zealand is thriving despite vintage whiplash. After the frost-shortened 2007 harvest, the Kiwis picked more grapes and made more wine than ever in 2008, by a margin of 39 percent. But even in the push-and-pull conditions of the two current-release vintages, the country's vivid Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs continue to excel.
For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands May 18, 2009.