WINES CAN OFTEN provide a reflection of the countries where they’re made. Take, for example, the Sauvignon Blancs of New Zealand. Even in a year such as 2020, both the country and the wines managed to triumph. New Zealand was almost Covid-free and the vintage was one of the best in recent history.
The early months of the year were less than auspicious. In the Southern Hemisphere, that’s when the harvest happens. In 2020, the Sauvignon Blanc harvest went from late February to early April; in late March, virtually all of New Zealand went into strict lockdown. But while the virus hit hard in the rest of the world, it barely touched New Zealand.
The grapes for Craggy Range winery’s Sauvignon Blanc come from a vineyard in Martinborough. Chief winemaker Julian Grounds said he had initial misgivings about harvesting under the shadow of Covid, but the near-perfect weather changed his outlook. “I did feel we all shared a collective relief when the forecasts remained so fantastic,” he said in an email.
Excerpt taken from The Wall Street Journal
Author: Lettie Teague