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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
      128
      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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      2015 Atura Valley Sauvignon Blanc

      2015 Atura Valley Sauvignon Blanc

      Atura is Maori for "far way", and we're glad that we took the time to seek out this little gem from that tucked away North Eastern corner of the South Island of New Zealand. Classic Marlborough flavours of citrus and passionfruit with zippy acidit...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Marlborough
      2014 Naked Vine Marlborough Pinot Noir

      2014 Naked Vine Marlborough Pinot Noir

      Finding good Pinot for under $30 is hard work. Damn tricky. It's a quest that requires us to taste absolute shedloads of wine, most of which waver between 'flavourless red cordial impersonation' and 'that's not Pinot Noir'. But then wines like...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Marlborough
      NV Lindauer Special Reserve Brut Cuvee

      NV Lindauer Special Reserve Brut Cuvee

      Here’s a Kiwi sparkler to put a spring in your step, a cool climate blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Lindauer. It’s made in the classic methode Champenoise style so you get all the same expression of the French stuff with out the fancy name...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: Marlborough
      2015 Osmosis Sauvignon Blanc

      2015 Osmosis Sauvignon Blanc

      We love Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc here at Cracka. Not only for their fresh, fruit forward styles, but also because they can often give you some serious bang for your buck. The Osmosis Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is one of those wines. Packing a serious...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Marlborough
      2015 Astrolabe Awatere Sauvignon Blanc

      2015 Astrolabe Awatere Sauvignon Blanc

      Quality and class ooze out of this stonkingly good Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Bob Campbell mentions a nod to Sancerre in this wine, and its so easy to see why. Wonderful acid structure, but its the minerality in this wine that gives it a big...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Marlborough
      2015 Vidal White Series Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      2015 Vidal White Series Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      Fruit for this wine was sourced from the Awatere and Wairau valleys where typical warm days and cool nights provide classic flavours, intensity and definition. Vineyard selection for this wine was based on the potential of each site to produce win...

      Cracka rating0
      Region: Marlborough
      2013 Auntsfield Marlborough Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

      2013 Auntsfield Marlborough Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

      COLOUR: Deep ruby AROMA: Dark cherry, blackberry and Doris plum aromas are complimented by more savoury aromas of dark chocolate, forest floor, cigar box and floral notes. PALATE: The palate of this wine shows a rich silky texture which is f...

      Cracka rating0
      Region: Marlborough
      2015 Lawson's Dry Hills Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      2015 Lawson's Dry Hills Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

      If you like your savvys crammed full of passionfruit and assorted tropicals, you've come to the right place! This is a rich, highly fruity number that is almost too intense for its own good, with an abundance of passionfruit, yellow citrus, guava ...

      Cracka rating90
      Region: Marlborough
      2012 Spinning Top Pinot Gris

      2012 Spinning Top Pinot Gris

      Pinot Gris is the new sav blanc. It's easy to drink and great value, and it's not surprising NZ is on the bandwagon. There's typical smells of pears, apples and white stone fruits on the nose, whilst the palate is fruity, slightly creamy and easy ...

      Cracka rating70
      Region: Marlborough
      2015 Spy Valley Envoy Gewurztraminer

      2015 Spy Valley Envoy Gewurztraminer

      This little spook is a sultry seductress that smells of fragrant Thai and Moroccan spices on the nose, with a bit of tropical fruit salad in the mix. The palate is vivid and fuller-bodied with a touch of sweetness, approachable acidity and a long,...

      Cracka rating100
      Region: Marlborough
      2014 Astrolabe Province Pinot Gris

      2014 Astrolabe Province Pinot Gris

      Astrolabe continues to produce some of the finest wines from the Marlborough region and this Pinot Gris is a reminder that it’s not just Savvy that soars in the region. Great with pasta, pork or fish dishes, this aromatic white mixes up stone frui...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Marlborough
      2005 Framingham Dry Riesling

      2005 Framingham Dry Riesling

      This is a wine for Riesling lovers or anyone who loves dry white wine. Marlborough is fast becoming a hot destination for all sorts of other varieties besides the ubiquitous Savvy Blanc. Already aged for seven years in the bottle, this wine is rea...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Marlborough
      2014 Astrolabe Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc

      2014 Astrolabe Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc

      These are wines that provide focus and clarity on Marlborough's fast-emerging sub-regions. Certainly regional and sometimes vineyard-specific, these wines highlight the attributes of individual sites and districts and their ensuing characteristics...

      Cracka rating0
      Region: Marlborough
      2014 Tamburlaine Wine Lovers Organic NZ Sauvignon Blanc

      2014 Tamburlaine Wine Lovers Organic NZ Sauvignon Blanc

      Deliciously vibrant aromatics that infuse lifted herbaceous aroma, with the fragrance of fresh tropical fruits. The palate is long and succulent, combining fresh passionfruit and juicy pineapples, complemented with crisp natural acidity. Alcoh...

      Cracka rating0
      Region: Marlborough
      2011 Yealands Estate Gewurztraminer

      2011 Yealands Estate Gewurztraminer

      Yealands Estate Gewurztraminer shows intense aromatic notes of ginger and lychee on the nose. The palate is full and weighty, exhibiting notes of spice and rose petal, with a dry finish. Enjoy with spicy dishes, such as Vietnamese duck salad, or T...

      Cracka rating0
      Region: Marlborough
      NV Yealands Sparkling Pinot Gris Blush

      NV Yealands Sparkling Pinot Gris Blush

      Nose: The Sparkling Pinot Gris Blush is a pretty light salmon shade with a nose of delicately scented peachy, floral characters. Palate: The palate is beautifully balanced with fine persistent bubbles, showing concentrated notes of pear and ri...

      Cracka rating0
      Region: Marlborough
      2014 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc

      2014 Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc

      It’s the benchmark of New Zealand and no one does it better than Villa Maria when it comes to Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Intense and lively, the fruit for this stunning Savvy is sourced from the Awatere and Wairau Valley and is a quintessential ...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Marlborough
      2009 Forrest Estate Botrytis Riesling Dessert

      2009 Forrest Estate Botrytis Riesling Dessert

      Here's a sweetie that is not a syrupy, cloying style, and would be highly enjoyable with fruity desserts or pate. Aromas of orange rind, yellow citrus, toffee and stone fruits rise from the glass, whilst the palate is rich and mouthcoating, with s...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Marlborough
      2013 Babich Winemakers Reserve Pinot Noir

      2013 Babich Winemakers Reserve Pinot Noir

      If you like your Pinor Noirs to be a bit masculine, then this is the wine for you. It's a rugby player in a tutu that shows powerful plum and dark cherry aromas followed by rich, luscious, sweet fruit on the palate, fine tannins and an opulent fin...

      Cracka rating80
      Region: Marlborough