Rivals on the rugby pitch, cricket pitch and even the vineyards. Who has the upper hand when it comes to wine making between New Zealand and Australia?
Straight off the bat, when it comes to quantity produced, Australia has the upper hand. Being the bigger country, Australia has over 160,000 of wine regions. New Zealand is far behind with 35,000 hectares.
According to Vivino, in regards to quality, New Zealand wine is the most popular. New Zealand wines have an average rating of 3.72. Australia falls behind with an average rating of 3.57.
Next, let’s look at comparing the different wine styles. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is one of the world’s most famous white wines. It is typically a very crisp wine with flavours of grapefruit and tropical fruit. Rivalling that is the Australian Chardonnay, the country’s most popular white wine, coming both oaked and unoaked.
According to Vivino, New Zealand takes the edge again with an average rating of 3.79, beating Australia which gets an average rating of 3.39.
Australian Shiraz is one of the world's most popular styles, with its full-body, high-alcohol, and vibrant berry and plum flavors. Matching up is New Zealand Pinot Noir. While a very different wine from Shiraz, it is by far New Zealand's most popular red wine. These Pinots brim with fresh red cherries and fresh cut roses.
According to Vivino, Australia takes the win here with an average rating of 3.67, compared to the 3.61 of New Zealand.
Why not be the judge yourself? This month we have two wines from each country on offer.
Tempus Two Blanc de Blanc is a zesty and refreshing sparkling wine. Concentrated fruit flavours of peach, passionfruit and green apple provide a fruit sweetness which is well balanced by a refreshing citrus finish. A soft fine bubble completes the wine. The aroma is of fruit salad, dominated by peach and passionfruit.
Mc Guigan Founders Series Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the iconic Coonawarra region and shows rich blackcurrant and dark berry character, complemented by distinctive eucalypt and earthy notes on the finish. Maturation in oak gives savoury characters and smooth tannins. A balanced and approachable wine now or cellar for the next 5-8 years.
Vidal Reserve Pinot Noir has beautifully fragrant red berry and floral aromas combining with flavours of cherry, spice and earthy undertones on a silky, finely textured palate. Sourced from the Valleys of Marlborough,it is enjoyable in its youth and will continue to gain complexity with time.
Esk Valley Sauvignon Blancis a very intense and powerful wine. True to its Marlborough origins, its flavours are a mix of ripe tropical fruits, citrus and cooler notes of fresh herbs and pea pod. It is dry and full bodied but a crisp finish provides freshness and length.