Marlborough, New Zealand Wine Region

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Latitude 41° / 38’S
Altitude 25 - 75 m
Growing Season Rainfall 300 mm
Mean January Temperature 17.7°C
Harvest Mid March to late April
Wineries 195
Website www.wine-marlborough.co.nz

About Marlborough, New Zealand

When you think Marlborough, you think Sauvignon Blanc. Never has a region become so synonymous with a varietal that it has almost become its own brand. These zesty, passionfruit wines single-handedly took Chardonnay’s market share in Australia in ...

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When you think Marlborough, you think Sauvignon Blanc. Never has a region become so synonymous with a varietal that it has almost become its own brand. These zesty, passionfruit wines single-handedly took Chardonnay’s market share in Australia in the early 2000s, and continue to do so today.

Positioned in the northern-eastern end of the South Island, the first commercial vines were planted in Marlborough in 1973 by industry giant Montana (now Brancott Estate). However, it wasn’t until 1985 that Marlborough was recognised, and Cloudy Bay put it on the map with, of course, Sauvignon Blanc. Today, around 50% of plantings in Marlborough is Sauvignon Blanc which accounts for 85% of New Zealand’s Savvy production. Pinot Noir has just pipped Chardonnay for the next largest plantings with Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Syrah bringing up the rear.

Marlborough’s main sub-regions are Wairau and Awatere Valley. The climate is relatively cool, but the area does experience sunny, dry summers that makes irrigation essential. The soil profile tends to be free-draining alluvial loams over a gravelly subsoil that is of low fertility providing ideal conditions for vines. The main challenge for Marlborough is spring frosts that can mark the arrival of wind fans and helicopters to circulate the air and minimise damage to the fruit.

The white wine styles of Marlborough, especially Sauvignon Blanc, can be identified by their pungent passionfruit, tropical and herbaceous characters. Marlborough is now trying to build a reputation for its Pinot Noirs that tend be tight in structure with an abundance of cherry and plum fruit. It is also worth mentioning that Marlborough produces some decent sparkling wines that are rich and full-bodied.

Vintage Ratings

2001
9
EXCELLENT
10
OUTSTANDING
2002
9
EXCELLENT
8
GREAT
2003
8
GREAT
8
GREAT
2004
8
GREAT
9
EXCELLENT
2005
8
GREAT
8
GREAT
2006
8
GREAT
8
GREAT
2007
8
GREAT
9
EXCELLENT
2008
7
VERY GOOD
7
VERY GOOD
2009
9
EXCELLENT
8
GREAT
2010
10
OUTSTANDING
10
OUTSTANDING
2011
9
EXCELLENT
9
EXCELLENT
2012
N/A
No Data
N/A
No Data
2013
N/A
No Data
N/A
No Data
2014
N/A
No Data
N/A
No Data

Wine Vintage

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Wineries

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2012 Villa Maria Private Bin Chardonnay

Villa Maria remain one of the most awarded and prolific producers coming out of Marlborough, and it’s not just the Sauvignon Blanc that they are fa...

Winery: Villa Maria | Region: Marlborough| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
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2012 Peter Yealands PET Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

PET means that the wine comes in a fully-recyclable plastic bottle, and the contents are pretty spiffy! A-typical aromas of passionfruit, dried her...

Winery: Yealands | Region: Marlborough| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
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2012 Goldwater Marlborough Chardonnay

This is a surprisingly delicate style of chardy from Goldwater, and thankfully it is only moderately oaked. Aromas of yellow peaches, vanilla cream...

Winery: Goldwater Estate | Region: Marlborough| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
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2012 Secret Stone Pinot Noir

Affordable pinot noir is hard to find, so there is no need to keep this one a secret. Hailing from Marlborough, it shows loads of fleshy, spiced pl...

Winery: Secret Stone | Region: Marlborough| Cracka Rating: 3.5/5
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2012 Forrest Estate The Doctors' Sauvignon Blanc

Sav blanc is still very much EnZed's domain, and this one from Forrest Estate is ideal for that cheeky glass after a hard days work to self-medicat...

Winery: Forrest Estate | Region: Marlborough| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
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2013 Ara Single Estate Pinot Gris

New Zealand is kicking massive goals with pinot gris, and this one is a real crowd pleaser. Lots of nashi pears, stone fruits and honey appear on t...

Winery: Ara Wines | Region: Marlborough| Cracka Rating: 3.5/5
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2013 Mount Riley Pinot Gris

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2012 Villa Maria Reserve Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc

This is quite a ballsy, fleshy savvy out of Marlborough that is bound to satisfy the fussiest palates. Loads of tropical fruits decorate the nose w...

Winery: Villa Maria | Region: Marlborough| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
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2011 Hunter's Wines Marlborough Chardonnay

We don’t often associate Marlborough with chardonnay, but maybe it's time we did. This is a great value chardy from Hunter's wines that has done pr...

Winery: Hunters Wines | Region: Marlborough| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
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2011 Hunter's Wines Marlborough Pinot Noir

In a nod to the 4th emperor of the Roman Empire, this is quite an aristocratic white that makes for excellent and intriguing drinking that will cre...

Winery: Hunters Wines | Region: Marlborough| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
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2011 Nautilus Estate Pinot Noir

They're doing very good things with Pinot Noir at Nautlus, taking what was a juicy, ripe and open style and making it more serious and more grown u...

Winery: Nautilus Estate | Region: Marlborough| Cracka Rating: 4.5/5
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2012 Scotchmans Hill Pebble Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Here we have a savvy that shows it's Marlborough roots. There's a bucket load of passionfruits and yellow citrus on the nose, whilst the palate is ...

Winery: Scotchmans Hill | Region: Marlborough| Cracka Rating: 3.5/5
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2012 Scotchmans Hill Pebble Bay Marlborough Pinot Gris

This is a reasonable dry, rich style of pinot gris, that has seen a kiss of oak. Aromas of pears, ginger spice and honey decorate the nose, before ...

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2013 Angel Cove Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

If you are into your Marlborough sav blancs, then this one should be on your value barometer. Smells of passionfruit, gooseberries, mangos, citrus ...

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2012 Kim Crawford Marlborough Pinot Gris

Forget Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris really should be 'the' variety of Marlborough. Of course the Marlborough winemakers just look plainly disgusted/...

Winery: Kim Crawford | Region: Marlborough| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
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2013 Wither Hills Pinot Gris

There are few wineries in Marlborough that could claim to be as successful as Wither Hills and the brand is world famous for producing classic Kiwi...

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2013 Twin Islands Sauvignon Blanc

The Twin Islands wines are made by renowned Marlborough producer Nautilus Estate, who not only make excellent wines but really do embrace the Nauti...

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2011 Jackson Estate Vintage Widow Pinot Noir

Vintage Widow is the perfect descriptor for anyone married to a winemaker through vintage. They don't see much of them, so when they do come home t...

Winery: Jackson Estate | Region: Marlborough| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
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2013 Villa Maria Private Bin Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

Sparkling savvy isn't exactly a new concept - they've been doing it in the Loire Valley in France for ages, but it is relatively new for NZ. Villa ...

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2013 Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Rose

It’s amazing the amount of grape growers that got the winemaking bug and never looked back. Such is the case with Lawson’s Dry Hills, who this year...

Winery: Lawsons Dry Hills | Region: Marlborough| Cracka Rating: 4.0/5
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