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New Zealand 2017: A vintage recap and whites to try

Rebecca Gibb MW takes a closer look at a challenging 2017 vintage in New Zealand and picks out 15 whites to try, from Sauvignon Blanc to Riesling and Chenin.

New Zealand 2017: A very difficult season with a cool start, poor summer and wet, warm and cloudy autumn bringing high botrytis pressure. Those who picked early were most successful. Central Otago escaped the worst of the unsettled weather, although it was a very small crop.


This is ‘Sauvignon Blanc with the volume turned down’


15 New Zealand 2017 whites to try:

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