Typically New Zealand is famous for their single varietals but in recent years its their blends which are getting international attention. Popular blend style is Bordeaux-style blends using Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Typically Bordeaux blends come from warmer drier climates, so expect to see blends coming from the Hawke's Bay region.
Located on the East coast of the North island, Hawke's Bay is the oldest wine region in New Zealand and the second largest in terms of production. A spectacular diverse region home to over 200 vineyards, the area has a similar climate and soil profile to Bordeaux. Medoc has particularly led to the Bordeaux-inspired, Merlot-dominant blends. Main varietals here include Merlot, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay.