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The World’s Best Wine Values Under $25.00

New Zealand is the new kid on the block, as it is only since the early 1990s that the country has established a successful wine industry, and boy, has it striven to make up for lost time.

Coupled with slick marketing campaigns based around the image of New Zealand as an unspoiled rural paradise, evocatively depicted by the iconic label of Cloudy Bay, it is unsurprising that from virtually nothing there are now just shy of 62,000 acres under vine.

Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay

From one of New Zealand’s best exponents of the variety, their entry-level Chardonnay has a very Meursault-like nose with a spell binding minerally palate and develops some lovely hazelnut flavors with time.

Kumeu River Pinot Gris

The Pinot Gris has an aromatic, less scented nose with touches of white peach and guava on the palate.

Robert M. Parker, November 3, 2009
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The World’s Best Wine Values Under $25.00