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New Zealand

Irrespective of price point, grape variety or region, New Zealand wines always show a pure and crisp, almost puristic, clear-cut structure. Although the media sometimes portrays these wines as superficial and too straightforward, others find them clean but refined, pure but not too complex. When reading the articles in this issue it becomes clear that, as always, the style of a wine is the result of climate, soil, viticultural practices and winemaking decisions. But what is maybe more decisive for New Zealands future is the fact that the countrys soils are full of possibilities: because they have only been cultivated intensively for a few hundred years, they do not suffer from erosion and, maybe more importantly, they are very rich in micro-biological life.


A Snapshot of New Zealand Wine
The figures behind New Zealand's wine industry
by Chris Stroud
From the Past into the Future
The reign of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
by Patrick Materman
Pinot Power in New Zealand
A regional overview of Pinot Noir styles and characteristics
by Benjamin Lewin MW
Pinot Gris
The rising star
by Clive Jones
Gimblett Gravels
Two hemispheres of influence
by Steve Smith MW
New Zealand Geology
An overview of soils and wine-producing possibilities
by Emmanuel Bourguignon
Chris Stroud
New Zealander Chris Stroud is the Marketing Manager Europe of New Zealand Winegrowers, the official promotional body for New Zealand wine. He has over 15 years experience in the wine trade and spent over nine years at Treasury Wine Estates in a variety of marketing roles which enabled him to gain experience working across the European region.

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Patrick Materman
With twenty five vintages under his belt and as Chief Winemaker for one of New Zealands largest wineries, Brancott Estate, Patrick Materman is one of the leading experts on Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. As well as winemaking, Patrick has been involved in a number of research projects on thiols, and is chairman of the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Conference planned for 2016.

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Benjamin Lewin MW
Benjamin Lewin MWs qualifications in science and wine give him unique authority. The founding editor of "Cell", a leading international journal on biology, he has written several books on scientific subjects. He qualified as a Master of Wine in 2008. Lewin currently writes on wine in an easy but scientifically-grounded style. He has published "What Price Bordeaux?", "Wine Myths and Reality", "In Search of Pinot Noir", and "Claret & Cabs. The Story of Cabernet Sauvignon". He is currently working on his next book, about French wines.

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Clive Jones
Clive Jones joined Nautilus Estate in Marlborough as winemaker in 1998. Prior to becoming a winemaker, he worked as an industrial chemist. Apart from having overseen the development of the estates Pinot Noir program, including the design and operation of a separate Pinot Noir winery, he designed the Nautilus White Wine Cellar in 2006. Clive recently refined the estates Chardonnay style through low yields, wild ferments and minimal malo-lactic conversion, and has now set his mind on fine-tuning winemaking of the other white varieties, especially Pinot Gris and Riesling. Jones is a respected member of the local winemaking community, recently joining the Board of Wine Marlborough. He regularly represents the region on various panels and debates both locally and overseas.

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Steve Smith MW
Steve Smith MW is a founding shareholder and Director of Wine and Viticulture for Craggy Range Winery in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. He has had a distinguished academic, research and commercial career in the wine business since 1980. In 1996 he became a Master of Wine, the only specialist viticulturist in the world to have this distinction.

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Emmanuel Bourguignon
French Dr. Emmanuel Bourguignon is the son of well-known agronomists Claude and Lydia Bourguignon. He has a PhD in microbiology and soil ecology and, together with his parents, he runs the laboratory LAMS in France, performing soil studies for farmers, winegrowers, garden designers and sports-and-recreation grounds. LAMS philosophy focuses on living soils, stressing the importance of high levels of microbiological soil life. Emmanuel also studied at Lincoln University in New Zealand and has conducted in-depth research into New Zealand soils.

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