Located at the northern tip of the South Island, the Marlborough region of New Zealand is especially famous for its Sauvignon Blanc — and is perhaps as synonymous with the grape as its classic ‘native’ regions in the Loire Valley: Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Unlike the more mineral-driven counterparts in the Loire Valley, however, wines from Marlborough display purity of ripe fruit along with pungent notes of capsicum and gooseberry. Many who have experienced these crisp, food-friendly wines now consider Marlborough a ‘second home’ for this variety.

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