New Zealand Wines
New Zealand wines are nothing like Australian wines. They are made well over1000 miles away, after all, in the south of the North Island and the north of the South Island, where the climate is not unlike that of Britain. The wines are noticeably light-bodied. Even the reds are often only about 10% alcohol and fairly high in acidity. Light Cabernet Sauvignons, medium-dry Muller-Thurgaus (sometimes called Riesling Sylvaner here) and some interesting Gewiirztraminers are the most usual representatives of New Zealand wine abroad, though there have also been one or two richer Chardonnays.