New Zealand wine
includes the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc
, by critical acclaim. In the 1980s, wineries in New Zealand, especially in the Marlborough
region, began producing outstanding, some critics said unforgettable, Sauvignon Blanc. "New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is like a child who inherits the best of both parents—exotic aromas found in certain Sauvignon Blancs from the New World and the pungency and limy acidity of an Old World
Sauvignon Blanc like Sancerre from the Loire Valley
" (Oldman, p. 152). One critic said that drinking one's first New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc was like having sex
for the first time (Taber, p. 244). "No other region in the world can match Marlborough, the northeastern corner of New Zealand's South Island, which seems to be the best place in the world to grow Sauvignon Blanc grapes" (Taber, p. 244). Oz Clarke
, a well known British wine critic wrote in the 1990s that New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc was "arguably the best in the world" (Rachman).
The New Zealand wine industry exported about 76 million litres in the year to June 2007. The first vines are thought to have been introduced by missionary Samuel Marsden, and official British resident James Busby is credited with producing wine at Kerikeri in 1833, and Charles Darwin noted the winery in his diary when he visited Kerikeri in 1835. However wine consumption remained low until recent decades, with per capita consumption of only about 2.6 litres in 1966. The quality of these wines slowly improved, with New Zealand wines winning three gold and 13 silver medals at the International Wine Fair in 1963. Aided by the deregulation of the economy in the 1980s and 1990s, domestic wine consumption increased and New Zealand wine won increasing accolades internationally.
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...that Wellington's famous blanket man Ben Hana worships the Egyptian sun god Ra?