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NZ Red Wines

New Zealand red wines are typically made from a blend of varietals (Cabernet SauvignonMerlot, and much less often Cabernet FrancPetit Verdot and Malbec), or Pinot noir. Recently, in Hawkes Bay, there have been wines made from Syrah, either solely or blends, as well as TempranilloMontepulciano and Sangiovese.In general New Zealand red wine tends to be forward and early maturing, fruit-driven and with restrained oak. Hawkes Bay Bordeaux blends have greater body and ageing ability.