New Zealand’s wine profile, with an image first centred on intense, vibrant, fruit-driven whites for immediate consumption is now in a state of perpetual evolution. It’s true many winemakers have fashioned wines based on a dogma of technological expertise but the influence of the European quality revival, that is, one underpinned by better health in the vineyard, is also apparent. Slowly too, the best sites are being unearthed even if more time is still needed to emulate many of the premium old world areas where they’ve had centuries to define and redefine the grape and site match. The direction for New Zealand provided by well-educated, widely travelled, outward-looking winemakers is now being given increased focus as new talent, be it home-grown or imported, is attracted to what is seen as an increasingly glamourous vocation in a beautiful setting. The result is not only wines of better structure and increased longevity but also of greater individuality and flair.