New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Podcast

Hard to think of any grape that blew up in popularity like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Certainly, no white wine has had the kind of spectacular success and continued growth as NZ SB. But is it a little one-note, samey-same?

Image via Facebook/Clos Henri Vineyard

This is an issue I explore on the latest episode of the What We’re Tasting podcast. My guest is Christina Pickard, who reviews the wines of New Zealand for The Thuse. (She also covers Australia.) She is a very good egg and guest. I learned a lot. We also managed to talk about my mother mowing the lawn. Really.

A few quick words about the three wines we discuss:

  • Nautilus: textbook NZ SB from the Marlborough region
  • Clos Henri: Sancerre meets New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
  • Peregrine: Sauv Blanc where Pinot Noir is the star (Central Otago)

Here’s the episode:

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Tim Heath of Cloudy Bay: Iconic Sauvignon Blanc and More (Podcast)

Talk about an awesome one-two New Zealand podcast punch. After speaking with Sam Neill of Two Paddocks on my last episode, I welcome Winemaker Tim Heath from iconic winery Cloudy Bay.

Tim Heath of Cloudy Bay: Iconic Sauvignon Blanc and More (Podcast)

The vineyards at New Zealand’s Cloudy Bay

It’s hard to overstate the impact of Cloudy Bay’s Sauvignon Blanc. The wine played a big role in putting New Zealand on the global wine map. It was very cool talking to Heath about what makes it special.

But Cloudy Bay is not just about Sauvignon Blanc. Oh no! We also taste a very cool Chardonnay and a couple of Pinot Noirs as well. This episode of the Wine Without Worry podcast (subscribe) is a window into the world of New Zealand wine, from the 1980s to what’s happening today.

Also, corsets and bungee jumping get a mention. Not, however, at the same time.

Podcast: Tim Heath of Cloudy Bay

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