Marlborough

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Marlborough
Latitude
Altitude
25 - 75 m
Growing Season Rainfall
300 mm
Mean January Temperature
17.7°C
Harvest
Mid March to late April
Wineries
197
Website
Cracka Rating 0

About Marlborough

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.

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Cracking Christmas Mixed Dozen

Cracking Christmas Mixed Dozen

At this time of the year everyone needs a case of cracking wines for entertaining when the neighbours or family drops around. So we've put together a mixed case of whites or reds to keep all your drop ins happy. We've got Sauvignon Blanc, bubbly, ...

Cracka rating80
Region: Marlborough
The Top Drawer Red Dozen

The Top Drawer Red Dozen

With Autumn just around the corner it is time to stock up of heart-warming reds. So we've put together a case of bold reds sure to please. With reds from the Barossa, McLaren Vale, Heathcote, Central Otago and Orange plus brands like Kangarilla Ro...

Cracka rating100
Region: Marlborough
2014 Maven Premier Pinot Gris

2014 Maven Premier Pinot Gris

Named after a Holden Premier (not really) this lovely textured Pinot Gris comes from a beautiful vineyard perched on the edge of the Wairau River in Marlborough. Gently rounded, with plenty of flavour, this is a perfect little Pinot Gris from a re...

Cracka rating90
Region: Marlborough
Refreshing NZ Sauvignon Dozen With FREE James Halliday Wine Guide

Refreshing NZ Sauvignon Dozen With FREE James Halliday Wine Guide

12 super Sauvignon Blancs plus a FREE 2014 James Halliday Wine Companion - what deal that is! Tick off your drinking and reading needs all in one fell swoop! (* travel zoo white promotion)

Cracka rating100
Region: Marlborough
2013 Reserve Road Marlborough Pinot Noir

2013 Reserve Road Marlborough Pinot Noir

Getting drinkable Pinot Noir under $15 is near impossible which is why when we saw this wine from Lake Road in Marlborough we just had to have it. It is fair and square our best Pinot Noir value yet - with juicy wild strawberry and cherry fruits a...

Cracka rating100
Region: Marlborough
2014 Cravens Creek Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Cravens Creek Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Cravens Creek is a super Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc normally reserved for restaurants that we recently got our hands on. From a well known Marlborough name it has all the powerful passionfruit and guava fruit you could ever ask for all underpinne...

Cracka rating80
Region: Marlborough
2014 By Ant Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2014 By Ant Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Ant Moore is one of Marlborough's leading winemakers despite hailing from Western Sydney. Not only does he have some of the prettiest labels around but his wines also take the cake. With bright, juicy, grassy passionfruit flavours underpinned by c...

Cracka rating100
Region: Marlborough
2014 Daisy Rock Marlborough Pinot Gris

2014 Daisy Rock Marlborough Pinot Gris

This little bargain out of Marlborough is a rich, ripe style of PG that has an added layer of creaminess. Aromas of spicy pears and apples rise from the glass, along with a touch of honey and dairy. The palate is plush and stone fruity, with some ...

Cracka rating80
Region: Marlborough
2012 Spinning Top Pinot Noir

2012 Spinning Top Pinot Noir

This is quite a juicy style of pinot noir out of Marlborough that shows aromas of red fruits and dark cherries on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied, bright and fruity, with a lick of toasty oak, mellow tannins, and a fresh, vibrant finish with...

Cracka rating80
Region: Marlborough
2014 Tupari Marlborough Pinot Gris

2014 Tupari Marlborough Pinot Gris

Marlborough may be famed as Savvy specialists but as consumers tire of the same old flavours, it’s good to know there are other aromatic whites beating down the door to gain recognition. Tupari are a small producer in the Awatere Valley hand craft...

Cracka rating80
Region: Marlborough
2013 Catalina Sounds Pinot Noir

2013 Catalina Sounds Pinot Noir

We’ve been watching Kiwi Pinot Noir with interest for a while and with good reason as it’s really beginning to emerge as a star performer. This Pinot from Catalina Sounds is one of those easy drinking, medium-bodied reds that you’ll be hard pushed...

Cracka rating90
Region: Marlborough
2014 Mount Riley Pinot Gris

2014 Mount Riley Pinot Gris

We are going on a Gris hunt, we’re looking for a good one. Oh looks like we found it. Thanks to the winemaking nous of Mount Riley we’ve located an aromatic white that makes an alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. All of Marlborough’s charms are on sho...

Cracka rating70
Region: Marlborough
2013 Hunter's Wines Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Hunter's Wines Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough and sav blanc go together like vegemite and toast, or should we say lamb and mint sauce, and this one delivers everything we have grown to love about these wines. Smells of passionfruit, pineapple, gooseberries and lemon citrus leap ou...

Cracka rating70
Region: Marlborough
2012 Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay

2012 Spy Valley Envoy Chardonnay

We were lucky enough to spy this single site Chardonnay before any of our competitors and as ‘envoys’ of taste, we highly recommend you jump on this wine. This shows Marlborough’s ability to turn out more than just Sauvignon Blanc and as a region ...

Cracka rating100
Region: Marlborough
2013 Te Whare Ra Riesling D

2013 Te Whare Ra Riesling D

Organically grown and pretty dry is the theme with this ravishing rizza out of EnZed. It's a fragrant, juicy number that shows scents of jasmine, limes and yellow peach on the nose, before the light-bodied palate kics in with zesty, lip-smacking a...

Cracka rating90
Region: Marlborough
2014 Azure Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Azure Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Little wonder this is called Azure - it's a crisp, bright and gently refreshing Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with that trademark combination of juicy passionfruit and guava fruit flavours with crisp acidity to back it all up. Simple refreshment.

Cracka rating70
Region: Marlborough
2014 Clipped Wings Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Clipped Wings Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

The palate is full and vibrant. Fresh nettle, gooseberry and tropical - fruit flavour abound. A long lingering palate enlivens your senses and compliments your moment.

Cracka rating70
Region: Marlborough
2014 Tylers Stream Sauvignon Blanc

2014 Tylers Stream Sauvignon Blanc

This wine is such an easy drink you'll be reaching for that second glass in an instant! A rich, bright style of savvy introduces itself with smells of grass, snow peas, pineapples, passionfruit and citrus, whilst the palate comes across as lighter...

Cracka rating80
Region: Marlborough
2013 Tuamarina Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Tuamarina Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

There is Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc.... and there is the Tuamarina Sauvignon Blanc. This crisp and lively number shows an extra level of intensity over your average Marlborough Sauv, with a cavalcade of passionfruit and tropical fruit flavours a go-...

Cracka rating80
Region: Marlborough
2013 La Luna Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

2013 La Luna Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

This Sauvignon Blanc displays classic flavours and crisp acidity for which Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is renowned. A very elegant and concentrated style which features bright flavours of gooseberry, passionfruit, grassy tones and peaches.

Cracka rating70
Region: Marlborough